Longtime Red Sox captain and catcher Jason Varitek, who was recently named a special assistant to general manager Ben Cherington, has said that he is not interested in the team’s current managerial vacancy stating that the time is not right.
Former Red Sox and Marlins third baseman Mike Lowell, whose name has been tossed around in both teams’ managerial searches, said that he is also not interested in becoming the skipper of a Major League team – at least for now.
“If any team called me right now I would be extremely flattered, but it wouldn’t be for me right now,” Lowell told WEEI.com.
The 38-year-old Lowell, who retired as a player after the 2010 season, did periodic work for MLB Network this season. yet he has not held a job with a Major League team since hanging it up after a 13-year career that saw him hit .279 with 223 home runs, 952 RBI and a .805 OPS.
After he we considered a thrown-in and salary dump in the trade that also brought Josh Beckett to Boston after the 2005 season, Lowell spent five years with the Red Sox. He finished fifth in American League MVP balloting in 2007 when he guided Boston to a World Series title after hitting .324 with 21 home runs, 120 RBI and a .879 OPS.
Of course, with Lowell, numbers do not fully describe his value. He is Cuban and bilingual, and was among the most popular players among teammates and opposing players. He was a leader on the field and in the clubhouse.
With the success of Mike Matheny in St. Louis and Robin Ventura with the Chicago White Sox – former Major League players who had no previous managerial experience before becoming a Major League skipper – Lowell, Varitek and Padres special assistant and former Major League catcher Brad Ausmus are considered attractive candidates for big league managerial vacancies.