Boston Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina has been listed as a potential future manager of a few MLB teams in search of their next coach.
The Boston Red Sox are currently in the middle of their American League Division Series battle with the Houston Astros. Meanwhile, the Red Sox bench coach, Gary DiSarcina is seeing his name amongst a few others as a possible 2018 MLB manager. Specifically, the Philadelphia Phillies are reported to be interested in DiSarcina.
This is DiSarcina’s first year as a major league bench coach and his first year in Boston. DiSarcina replaced Toey Lovullo who was the bench coach last season and is now the current Arizona Diamondbacks manager.
"“It’s an honor to have it mentioned,” DiSarcina told NBCSports after hearing/seeing his name connnected to the job in Philly. “Especially a team like Philadelphia. I’ve known [general manager] Matt Klentak since my time with the Angels, going back five, six years ago. … You’re still so focused on where you are now. I’m so happy to be here. At the same time, it’s good that other people notice your work and other people notice you and want to talk to you and stuff.“It’s hard to really think about [the potential for an interview], because you’re so focused on the Red Sox and getting through this series and moving on, accomplishing our final goal here. But it definitely is exciting, it’s an honor. It’s something if it happens, great, ’cause a lot of times your name comes up in a paper where teams like you, and they want to interview you. But it just doesn’t happen because they find someone else who’s a better fit.”"
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Red Sox head coach, John Farrell, says he expects DiSarcina to be a hot candidate this offseason. DiSarcina had already interviewed for a head coaching position with the Seattle Mariners before the 2014 season.
"“It’d be great if he has an opportunity,” Farrell told NBC Sports. “He’s got a great way to connect with players. He sees the field and the game great. He’s got front office experience to understand what goes into building a roster. Just a really, really good baseball guy. I would anticipate with his resume, how he interacts with people, got a great way with people, I would fully expect he would be a candidate.”"
DiSarcina was with the Red Sox organization as the Triple-A Pawtucket’s head coach in 2013 before he joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Now, he may be leaving them again this offseason and may be able to interview with teams during the postseason according to Dave Dombrowski.
"“It’s very dependent on where you are, your playoffs,” Dombrowski explained to NBC Sports. “I’ve allowed guys to talk between series at times. But it really just depends. If you got one day between series, then the answer is, you wait.”"
The Red Sox are focused on their postseason first but they may have to start looking for their own coaching candidates to interview. Gary DiSarcina may end up in Philly or somewhere else but for now he’s in the Red Sox dugout trying to win a championship.