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Hot Stove Lunch: Red Sox unlikely to turn to veteran manager

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In some ways, choosing a older, more experienced manager could be the answer for the 2020 Red Sox.

Reeling from the revelations that came from the investigation of the Houston Astros and under investigation themselves for sign-stealing in 2018, the Red Sox have a vacancy in the dugout, having "mutually agreed to part ways'' with Alex Cora, the Red Sox have to act fast.

Spring training is less than a month away and new chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom is undertaking a managerial search he didn't expect to make.

At a time like this -- in need of leadership, hip-deep in scandal -- the Red Sox could use a steady hand, someone who has dealt with adversity, someone accustomed to the challenges that come with managing in the big leagues.

There are plenty of options out there: Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Buck Showalter and Mike Scioscia are out there. A few have expressed an interest in returning to managing at the big league level.

None would need their hand held. There's little they haven't already seen. They could bring stability, know-how and gravitas to the job. Each would command immediate respect in the Red Sox clubhouse.

But don't your breath.