Sox seek new coach

Posted: Monday, December 10, 2001

BOSTON -- The Red Sox have approached former major league managers Whitey Herzog and Felipe Alou about serving as bench coaches alongside inexperienced Boston manager Joe Kerrigan.

''Whitey would like to get back in the game,'' Kerrigan said Sunday on the first day of baseball's winter meetings. ''He doesn't want to manage anymore. He feels he's too old for that. But he would like to get back in and do what (Don) Zimmer does.''

Zimmer has served as bench coach and sounding board for Joe Torre since he became the Yankees' manager in 1996.

Herzog, 70, managed the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals. He was offered the manager's job in Boston before Jimy Williams in the 1997 season.

Williams was fired in August in the heat of a pennant race and replaced by Kerrigan, who had never managed in pro baseball. Boston went 17-26 under the former pitching coach to fall out of the hunt.

The Red Sox have also approached Alou, who managed the Montreal Expos for 10 years before he was fired in May. Alou was the first choice to replace Williams, but he turned the job down because of uncertainty involving the team's sale.

''I'd like to grab both of them,'' Kerrigan said. ''Felipe says he's still waiting for the waters to calm to see if there will be a managing job out there.''

Also Sunday, Kerrigan said Pedro Martinez, Nomar Garciaparra and Jason Varitek -- three players injured in 2001 who are key to the teams success in '02 -- are recovering well.

Kerrigan declined to comment on reports that the team would choose Dwight Evans to replace Rick Down as hitting coach. Evans played for the Red Sox from 1972-90, with a lifetime average of .272 and 379 career homers.

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