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Sun, 10/16/2011 - 2:43pm  

Sources: Hinch not in mix for Sox manager

According to multiple sources familiar with the Red Sox managerial search, the team has no plans to bring in former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch to interview for its managerial vacancy. While some rumors emerged suggesting that Hinch was the favorite to become the next Red Sox manager, one source characterized that assessment as "not at all true."

The Sox have only been able to perform due diligence thus far in their managerial search and will not begin interviewing candidates until after the status of GM Theo Epstein is resolved. Still, to date, the team has not discussed Hinch as a candidate once formal interviews get underway.

Hinch was 89-123 in parts of two seasons as the Diamondbacks manager, a position for which he was hired despite never having managed or coached in the majors or minors (he had served as the Diamondbacks farm director for four seasons). After being fired by the Diamondbacks in the middle of the 2010 season, he joined the Padres front office as Vice President of Pro Scouting.

Rumors that Hinch was not merely a candidate but the favorite to become the next Sox manager emerged after a gambling website somewhat inexplicably proclaimed Hinch the favorite (at 5:2 odds) to land the position, followed by Bobby Valentine (at 3:1) and Joe Torre (4:1). At this point, however, none of those three are viewed as likely candidates for the job.

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