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Dombrowski: Still 'undecided' if going to interview more managerial candidates

Rob Bradford
October 20, 2017 - 6:02 pm

Most all of baseball believe the Red Sox want to have their manager before the beginning of the World Series, which is slated to start Tuesday. And a good chunk of those people also are convinced Alex Cora is going to be the guy, with the hold-up being his current participation in the American League Championship Series.

Dave Dombrowski, however, certainly isn't tipping his hand if any of that is true.


That was the response Dombrowski texted back to Friday when asked if he was planning on interview any more candidates for his vacant manager position. That comes one day after the president of baseball operations texted to make it clear that no decision had been made as to which candidate would be the Red Sox' next skipper.

The landscape did get a bit more interesting Friday when Dusty Baker was let go by the Washington Nationals after winning 97 games and the National League East this season. It is unknown if Dombrowski would have any interest in the 68-year-old Baker. But perhaps the most interesting aspect of the shuffling is that Washington was Cora's last stop in his playing career, having been signed by current Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Red Sox weren't the first team to fill their opening, with Detroit officially announcing the hiring of Ron Gardenhire Friday. The New York Post is reporting that Kevin Long and Manny Acta are the two favorites for the Mets job, which Cora interviewed. Brad Ausmus, the other known candidate for the Red Sox job, declined an interview with New York.