The Boston Red Sox will begin talking to managerial candidates in the coming days, with Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum set to interview for the job this week, general manager Ben Cherington confirmed Sunday.
Mackanin, who earlier this month told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark he was interested in the Red Sox job, has served as an interim manager for both the Reds and Pirates but has never served full-time in the role. He has been Charlie Manuel's right-hand man in Philadelphia since 2009.
Mackanin also was the Pirates bench coach from 2003-05 and the Expos third base coach from 1997-2000. He managed 13 minor league seasons from 1985 to 2001, with his teams finishing first or second on eight occasions.
He played nine seasons in the majors (1973-81) before joining the coaching ranks.
Sveum spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons in Boston as the Red Sox third base coach before leaving for Milwaukee following the 2005 season. He served in various coaching capacities with Milwaukee (third base coach, bench coach, interim manager for 12 games) from 2006-08 before becoming the team's hitting coach in 2009.
His 12-game interim stint after Ned Yost was fired in September 2008 is Sveum's only big league managerial experience. He also managed the Pirates Double-A club from 2001-03.
Sveum played 12 seasons in the big leagues for the Brewers, Phillies, White Sox, Athletics, Mariners, Pirates and Yankees from 1986-99.
Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, who said Friday that there were eight to 10 people on the team's "evolving" list of finalists, warned fans not to read anything into the order the team brought candidates in for interviews.
Besides Mackanin and Sveum, the team has not publicly named any other candidates. Among those expected to get consideration are Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Phillies Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.
"It's going to take a few weeks, certainly," Lucchino said. "We hired Terry Francona I think on Dec. 2 of (2003) and we didn't lose anything in the 2004 season. I think we feel like there is some time on that."
Lucchino said there are currently no front-runners.
"There haven't been a lot of internal discussions ranking these people yet," Lucchino said.
Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo, who formerly managed at Triple-A Pawtucket, and White Sox Triple-A manager Joe McEwing -- two outside-the-box choices popular in media prognostications -- currently are not on the list of people the Red Sox are interested in interviewing, according to a league source.
Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox and Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.