Herzog makes sense for Red Sox

If Whitey Herzog is ready to return to baseball, then he has to be the favorite for the Red Sox job.

Updated: October 28, 2003, 9:15 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Yesterday, I suggested (with a portion of my tongue in my cheek) that there are a host of elderly managers out there ready to emulate the success of their peer, Jack McKeon. While some of the men I covered were not especially great managers in spite of their win totals, a number of them are among the greatest to ever carry the title. (And shame on me for not mentioning Al Lopez, still very much alive at 95. Lopez is the only American League manager to have bested the Yankees in the 1950s and he did it twice with different teams.)

That piece brought this reader response:

    Jim: If I'm Theo Epstein, I call Earl Weaver tomorrow morning and pay him whatever we wants to manage the Red Sox. If he refuses, I dial up Whitey Herzog, who I KNOW would jump at the chance. Then I start making arrangements for my 2004 World Series parade. If he needs somebody younger ... ex-80s catchers (Mike Scioscia, Tony Pena) have had a lot of success lately. I wonder what Carlton Fisk's doing?
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