The question is, does Cherington want a manager who speaks the language of the Red Sox baseball ops department — i.e. an analytical-type language?
Ausmus would fit that mode.
Farrell is also a strong orator.
When Cherington was asked whether it was important that the next manager have a pitching background, he said he expected the manager to oversee the staff, but that the primary responsibility lies with the pitching coach.
Cherington said he preferred the manager to hire the pitching coach, even if there was a pitching guru out there who could be hired before the manager. Orioles director of pitching Rick Peterson, who once coached Farrell, comes to mind.
Cherington wants to make sure he gets this right. He wants to have continuity. He obviously feels Farrell is that guy.
As we’ve pointed out before, there are no game-changers among the candidates. A Torre or a Tony La Russa or a Jim Leyland would be that type, were they available, but it appears the Red Sox are probably going to go younger.
The process should begin in earnest on Friday. The Sox hope it begins and ends with Farrell.