Speculation around baseball is that Red Sox ownership -- John Henry and Tom Werner, specifically -- would be in favor of bringing back Alex Cora to manage the team again. And Cora will be eligible to return after the World Series, when the managerial search will be heating up.
Be that as it may, Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy maintained that the decision to hire the next manager will lie solely with chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom.
"I just want to be very clear that Chaim and his team will run the process and ultimately will make the decision as to who the next manager of the Boston Red Sox will be,'' said Kennedy in an end-of-the-season Zoom call with reporters. "When it comes to the managerial selection for the Boston Red Sox, that rests squarely with our Baseball Operations and ultimately, with Chaim Bloom.''
Kennedy added that, at the end of the process, he and ownership will get a chance to talk to Bloom's candidate.
"It's important than the managerial candidates feel comfortable with our entire organization,'' Kennedy said. "It's important that we all have a chance to meet the person that Chaim and (general manager Brian O'Halloran) select, but our job is to support them in that endeavor.''
He further emphasized that when it comes to personnel and other on-field matters, "The day-to-day baseball operations decisions are made by (Bloom and O'Halloran) and their incredible staff.''
Kennedy deflected any questions about Cora and whether he viewed him an "eligible"' candidate for the opening, saying the process would not be conducted publicly.
"We're just not going to talk about managerial candidates for our job,'' Kennedy said.