CLEVELAND -- Sooner or later, Sandy Alomar Jr. will probably be hired away from the Indians and given a chance to manage in the Major Leagues. Now is not that time for Cleveland's bench coach.
On Monday, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington informed reporters that Alomar was no longer being considered for Boston's managerial vacancy. At least for now, it appears Alomar will remain in the Indians' dugout.
"I had a talk with Sandy this weekend and told him how much I think of him, and that I think he's going to be a really good Major League manager one day," Cherington said, "but that he wasn't going to be the choice for us in 2012."
Alomar, 45, interviewed with both the Cubs and Red Sox this offseason for the open manager roles. It was also rumored at one point that he was on the short list of candidates for the job with the White Sox, who ultimately hired Robin Ventura. The Cubs went with Dale Sveum, while the Red Sox continue to work through their search.
Alomar having no managing experience has hardly hindered clubs from considering him a serious candidate. Beyond this offseason's interviews, Alomar also sat down with the Blue Jays a year ago to discuss a possible move to Toronto. The Blue Jays instead decided to name John Farrell their manager.
For the 2012 season, Alomar will move into a bench-coach role under Indians manager Manny Acta. For the past two seasons, the former big league catcher worked as a first-base coach on Acta's staff. Acta's former bench coach, Tim Tolman, stepped down from the position at the end of last season due to health concerns.
Acta said at the end of the season that he felt Alomar would benefit from working as a bench coach in the upcoming season. One reason is Acta's belief that it is inevitable that Alomar will work as a Major League manager at some point.
"Sandy's very talented," Acta said at the time. "I think eventually he's going to end up being a big league manager. I think being a bench coach, it's a good step for him. He's very prepared. He's got passion for the game and he's one of those few gifted guys that not only was a very good player, but also has the passion and the willingness to put the time into preparing for his duties."