Mackanin, Sveum set for Sox interviews

October, 30, 2011
10/30/11
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The Boston Red Sox will begin talking to managerial candidates in the coming days, with Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum set to interview for the job this week, general manager Ben Cherington confirmed Sunday.

Mackanin, who earlier this month told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark he was interested in the Sox job, has served as an interim manager for both the Reds and Pirates but has never served full-time in the role. He has been Charlie Manuel's right-hand man in Philadelphia since 2009.

Mackanin also was the Pirates' bench coach from 2003-05 and the Expos' third-base coach from 1997-2000. He managed 13 minor league seasons from 1985 to 2001, with his teams finishing first or second on eight occasions.

He played nine seasons in the majors (1973-81) before joining the coaching ranks.

Sveum spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons in Boston as the Red Sox third base coach before leaving for Milwaukee following the 2005 season. He served in various coaching capacities with Milawaukee (third base coach, bench coach, interim manager for 12 games) from 2006-2008 before becoming the team's hitting coach in 2009.

His 12-game interim stint after Ned Yost was fired in September 2008 is Sveum's only big league managerial experience. He also managed the Pirates' Double-A club from 2001-03.

Sveum played 12 seasons in the big leagues for the Brewers, Phillies, White Sox, Athletics, Mariners, Pirates and Yankees from 1986-99.

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Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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