Francona praises Sveum and Hale

During his interview Wednesday afternoon on ESPN Chicago 1000’s “Waddle and Silvy” show, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona touched on Dale Sveum and DeMarlo Hale, two of his former assistants who are now under consideration for manager gigs.

Sveum, who was third base coach under Francona in 2004 and 2005, had a second interview with the Red Sox on Wednesday and is scheduled to talk for a second time to the Cubs as well.

“Players love him and they should,” Francona said on ESPN Chicago 1000. “I played with him actually in Milwaukee. He was kind of a player's player. He does things right. He’s solid.”

Francona was even more gushing over Hale, who was on Francona’s staff from 2006-2011 and was his bench coach for the last two seasons. Hale is not a candidate for the Sox job but did interview with the Cubs.

“DeMarlo Hale, I could go on and on for as long as you want, you don’t have enough time,” Francona said. “When you sit with somebody in the dugout for that amount of time and you go through the ups and downs, DeMarlo is like a brother to me and he should be managing somewhere. I hope the way our season ended in Boston doesn’t hurt his chances, because this guy is as solid as they come.”

Francona didn’t want to get into how things ended in Boston.

“It’s something I decided to just let it go and move on,” Francona said. “I thought that was the best way to go. Six weeks later I don’t think it’s a good idea to start jumping in and taking shots at people. I don’t believe in that. I believe in what I believe in. I wasn’t comfortable with our record, but I’m comfortable with how I dealt with people and the way I tried to do my job.”