November 8th, 2011
Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said a week ago that while he hadn’t received any requests from teams to interview any of their coaches for managerial openings, he wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way. With three managerial spots still open, the landscape has changed, and it’s now going to include Tigers third-base coach Gene Lamont.
According to the Boston Herald and Providence Journal, the Red Sox announced a new round of managerial candidates interviewing at the end of this week. One is former Tigers player Torey Lovullo. The other is Lamont, who will reportedly interview Saturday. The Tigers confirmed that Boston asked for and received permission to talk with him.
Lamont, who turns 65 on Christmas Day, managed the White Sox and Pirates for four years each from 1992 to 2000. He led Chicago to the 1993 AL West title and had them atop the AL Central in 1994 before the strike hit. An 11-20 start in ’95 cost him his job. He succeeded Jim Leyland in Pittsburgh and mounted a surprising charge to contention in the NL Central ion 1997 before finishing 79-83, five games behind the Astros. He had a 78-win season in 1999, but 69-win seasons in between.
He hasn’t talked openly about managing again, preferring to stay in the background as Leyland’s confidante and assistant strategist, but his experience and demeanor make him a veteran candidate. He was a bench coach in Boston in 2001 under Jimy Williams, so he knows the following there.