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Red Sox managerial candidate profile: DeMarlo Hale

10.18.12 at 11:16 am ET
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Former Red Sox coach DeMarlo Hale (right) will be interviewed regarding the Sox' managerial vacancy on Thursday. (AP)

With the Red Sox conducting first-round interviews to fill the managerial vacancy created by the firing of Bobby Valentine after the season, WEEI.com will offer a profile of each candidate who takes part of the process. Other candidates reviewed: Brad Ausmus, Tim Wallach, Tony Pena.

Candidate: DeMarlo Hale

Age: 51

Current position: Orioles third-base coach

Interview date: Oct. 18

Prior managerial experience:

  • 2000-01 Triple-A Oklahoma (Rangers), 143-143
  • 1997-99 Double-A Trenton (Red Sox), 234-190
  • 1993-94, 1996 High-A Fort Lauderdale and Sarasota (Red Sox), 182-218
  • 1995 Single-A Michigan (Red Sox), 75-63

Additional coaching experience:

  • 2012 Orioles third-base coach
  • 2010-11 Red Sox bench coach
  • 2006-09 Red Sox third-base coach
  • 2002-05 Rangers first-base and outfield coach

Playing career:

  • Five minor-league seasons in Red Sox and A’s systems, advancing as high as Double-A
  • Selected by Red Sox in 17th round of 1983 draft

Noteworthy:

  • Interviewed with Cubs in 2011
  • Finalist for Blue Jays managerial vacancy in 2010
  • Interviewed with Mets in 2010
  • Finalist for Mariners managerial vacancy in 2008
  • Interviewed with Red Sox in 2003
  • Named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America, Sporting News and USA Today after 1999 season in which he led Double-A Trenton to 92-50 record
  • Coach for All-Star Futures Game (U.S. team) in 1999 at Fenway Park

Quotes:

  • WEEI’s Lou Merloni on the experience of playing for Hale in the minors: “He always got his message across to the players, and he got his players to play hard and made us realize, at that level, what we were trying to do, what the goal was to get to that next level, and how we were going to get there. The years I played for him were some of the better summers I’ve ever had. We had great chemistry on those teams. We played the game hard.”There was a time in 1994 in Sarasota when he didn’t feel like we were playing up to par. He just put us through absolute hell for about two to three weeks — he called it two weeks of ‘Hay-ull’ — two weeks of hell. It was A-ball, but he kicked the crap out of us to the point where it woke us up. That year, we finished last in the first half and we won the second half in a landslide. We didn’t get much help in the draft — even though Nomar Garciaparra joined us, he was just getting started in the game. It was really just our team. We just turned it around. It was a credit to DeMarlo.”The two years I was under him, he got the absolute most out of our entire team, as a team and individually. Personally, he talked to me, built my confidence and let me know what I needed to accomplish and what I needed to become to get to the next level. As far as that goes, how that translates at the big league level — he was always a great communicator in the minors and I would expect him to be the same at the big league level.”
  • Nationals special assistant to the GM Bob Schaefer, who was Red Sox farm director when Hale was managing in the system: “He’s a baseball lifer who’s paid his dues and deserves the opportunity to take the next step. … He’s very well prepared. He’s got great communication skills. He knows the game. He’s commands a lot of respect. To me, he’s going to be a big league manager. I know the players liked him there from his time as a coach. I think that it would be nice to see a guy who has paid his dues and has all the background necessary become a big league manager. … DeMarlo has the perfect background — not just his makeup and knowledge, but the fact that he’s been there before and he’s ready to handle every situation that can arise.”
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