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Tue, 10/25/2011 - 4:46pm  

Sox have list of managerial candidates

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday at his introductory press conference that the team has settled on a list of candidates for their vacant manager's job. Cherington said that while he will not require previous big league managerial experience, it would be "a benefit." 

"We've done a lot of due diligence over the last couple of weeks," Cherington said. "That was one of the benefits behind the uncertainty is we could work behind the scenes and do a lot of research and ask a lot of questions of potential candidates. We've narrowed a list down to a probable first group of interviews. I'm not prepared to say who they are because we haven't asked permission for anyone yet. Certainly, we're not going to go into the process with any preconceived notions about who's the favorite or any bias in any direction. But we expect we'll start the interview process soon and we do have a short list of candidates. There will be several."

Cherington said he did not want to put a number on how many people would be interviews but did note there will be "a handful that will interview in the first round."

Asked what he is looking for in the team's next manager, Cherington listed several qualities.

"I want someone who has a strong voice," he said. "I want someone who cares about players, but is also willing and ready to have tough conversations with them. I want someone who collaborate with the front office and ownership, but also is willing to make an argument when he disagrees and is able to do that. I want someone who has a passion for the game." 

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