With the Red Sox set to begin interviewing manager candidates reports have started to surface identifying their targets.
Yesterday we learned that Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach will come in for an interview and now Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that three-time Gold Glove catcher Brad Ausmus will do the same “early next week.”
Last month Ausmus withdrew himself from consideration for the Astros’ job, which was interesting because he played 10 seasons in Houston. Of course, as ugly as things have been for Boston lately it’s still a much more desirable spot for manager and last week Ausmus said of the Red Sox: “That’s one job that would get me off my couch early.”
Ausmus, who grew up in Connecticut and went to college at Dartmouth, is currently a special assistant with the Padres and managed Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.