Here are a few off-the-grid candidates the Red Sox should consider for their next manager:
Tony Pena (Yankees bench coach): He's an excellent communicator, knows pitching, and knows the market, having played for the Sox. Former Royals manager.
Joe McEwing (White Sox third base coach): He'll be a manager eventually after success in the minors. Baseball insiders have been touting him for two years now.
Bill Mueller (Dodgers special assistant): The former Sox infielder will have a successful career in the front office or dugout. Shares a lot of the qualities the White Sox liked in Robin Ventura.
Trey Hillman (Dodgers bench coach): Things didn't go well when he managed the Royals, but Hillman is a sharp guy. Yankees GM Brian Cashman is a big fan of his.
Larry Bowa (MLB Network analyst): He's a tough guy and a smart guy. Media work may have smoothed his rough edges.
Chris Speier (Reds bench coach): Filled in ably when Dusty Baker had a mild stroke.
Chip Hale (Athletics bench coach): Former Mets coach joined the Athletics this season. Like McEwing, he is somebody who profiles to become a manager.
Jose Oquendo (Cardinals third base coach): He was up for the St. Louis job last fall but stayed on the staff when Mike Matheny was hired.
Ron Wotus (Giants bench coach): He gets overlooked but has been part of a lot of success at San Francisco under two managers. New England native, too (Hartford).