Boston Red Sox Interview Sveum – Dale Sveum remembers both good times and tough times in Boston. The team interviewed him for its open managerial job on Wednesday.
He is a former Pinole Valley High star athlete and currently the Milwaukee Brewers’ hitting coach.
A third base coach with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2005, Sveum was the second person interviewed by the Red Sox this week. The club brought in Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin on Monday.
“It was the greatest experience I could ever have; we won the World Series in ’04,” said Sveum, who turns 48 this month. “For being a coach or a staff member or whatever you want to call it, it’s the ultimate place you want to be.”
Sveum, a former All-American quarterback at Pinole Valley who was a first-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982, spent 12 years in the major leagues with seven different clubs, including the Oakland A’s in 1993.
Sveum has some big-game managerial experience on his resume, albeit a brief stint in Milwaukee. He managed the Brewers for the final 12 games of the 2008 regular season and the playoffs after Ned Yost of Dublin was fired.
“You never know until you’re thrown right into the fire, but then I felt right at home,” Sveum said.
He and Mackanin both hope to get the job vacated when Terry Francona left following a record September collapse. After holding a nine-game lead in the wild-card
race through Sept. 3, the Red Sox missed the playoffs with a loss on the final night of the regular season.Sveum’s time in Boston wasn’t always full of great moments. He was criticized a number of times for his aggressive approach that had runners cut down at the plate.
“The thing about when I was judged as a third base coach, you get scrutinized,” he said. “I’m glad I was scrutinized for being aggressive instead of passive. I’m not a passive person. I’m a very aggressive person and always have been.”
But he thinks that spending time with the Red Sox gives him a better understanding of the intensity in Boston.