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Red Sox Should Interview Sandy Alomar Jr. for manager vacancy 

The Red Sox and manager Alex Cora have parted ways over his role in the 2018 alleged electronic sign stealing scandal.  As the Red Sox begin to move on and find a new manager, there will be names that will float around as to who’ll lead the Sox. 

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One name to pay close attention to is Cleveland Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. 

Alomar Jr., 53, is a native of Salinas, Puerto Rico.  The former big league catcher, who played 20 big league seasons with seven different organizations, is a career .273 batter with 112 homeruns and 588 RBI in 1377 career games. 

Alomar Jr. enjoyed a long career in the Bigs.  One of the most memorable moments of his career was back in 1997. 

In 1997, the Indians hosted the All-Star Game.  The game was tied 1-1 in the seventh and Alomar Jr. hit a two-run dinger to give the AL the lead and eventual victory over the National League. 

Alomar Jr. was named the All-Star MVP of that game in front of his home crowd.  In an interview with WKYC.com he said “It was a wonderful experience to be a part of your hometown ballpark All-Star Game, and the fact that I had a chance to interact with the fans and with my kids and everything here in Cleveland, it was fantastic.”

So why Alomar Jr. as next Red Sox skipper?

One, former big league catchers make great managers.  Alomar Jr. is well respected throughout the game and he would connect with the Red Sox Latin players similar to now former manager Cora. 

Alomar Jr. began his coaching career back in 2008 after he retired from player in ‘07.  He was named the Mets catching instructor and was in that role for two years. 

Shop for LSU Tigers Champs Gear When the Indians hired Manny Acta as manager in 2009, he quickly hired Alomar Jr. to become his first base coach.  Following the ‘09 season Alomar Jr. interviewed for the open managerial vacancy in Toronto.  The job ultimately went to another former Sox skipper - John Farrell. 

In 2011, after the Red Sox fired Terry Francona, Alomar Jr. was on the short list to become the next manager.  Instead, the Red Sox went with Bobby Valentine, which was a total dumpster fire.  The Sox went 69-93 under Valentine in his one season in Boston. 

In 2012, Alomar Jr. was promoted to bench coach on Acta’s staff.  On September 27th, 2012 he was named interim Indians manager after the club fired Acta.  Alomar Jr. would go 3-3 to finish out the season. 

The following year, the Indians hired former Sox skipper Francona and Alomar was reassigned and moved back to first base coach. 

Former Indians shortstop Omar Vizquel has given Alomar Jr. his endorsement on becoming a manager in the Majors. 

“What stands out from Sandy is how smart he is and the way he thinks,” Vizquel said.  “He sees the game, obviously, different than everybody because he was a catcher, and now, being around Terry Francona and all his staff, I think he’s learned so much in how to run a team”, said Vizquel in an interview with WKYC. 

In 2019, Alomar Jr. received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Greater Cleveland Sports Awards ceremony. 

Alomar Jr. has spent his entire life around the game of baseball.  He’s well respected with the game and has interviewed with other teams for vacancies.  It’s a matter of time before he gets a job. 

Coming off the heels of the Cora firing, Alomar Jr. could be a little too green for Boston.  If CBO Chaim Bloom is looking for a manager with Latin ties that’ll connect with his club house Alomar Jr. is a good choice.  Plus, having spent time under Francona’s wing should help endorse him for a big league role, and Francona could give plenty of insight on Boston. 

In the coming weeks, it’ll be interesting in what direction the Red Sox will take to fill the role Cora will leave behind. 

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