Diamondbacks coach gets another interview for Red Sox manager job


The names keep coming.

After it was learned that both Cubs coach Will Venable and Detroit's Don Kelly had interviewed for the vacant Red Sox manager job, ESPN.com now reports that Luis Urueta is getting his second interview for the position this calendar year.

The 39-year-old Diamondbacks bench coach was one of the candidates interviewed by Chaim Bloom following the Red Sox' parting of ways with Alex Cora.

Along with managing in the Arizona minor-league system, Urueta has also served as skipper for Colombia's World Baseball Classic team.

Speaking to WEEI.com last February during Urueta's initial candidacy (before Ron Roenicke got the job), Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was effusive in his praise of his coach.

"A couple really, really great strengths, his communication skills and his ability to relate to players is really, really off the charts," Lovullo said. "He is bilingual and has the ability to communicate with just about any player on the field. He’s very comfortable stepping into normal conversations and very difficult conversations. I think those are some of the qualities that some of the best managers that I’ve been around possess.

"His understanding for how a baseball game flows and how a baseball game feels is outstanding. He’s paying attention to the game on an impressive level. Some of the conversations that I’ve had with him pregame and postgame, he asks really good questions about some of the strategic moves that did and didn’t happen.

"His role as a major league coach, a seventh coach, he was watching the game as closely as he possibly could to find out if, for me in particular, if I was giving away tendencies or habits. He was not in the dugout much, which gave him a good advantage. He wasn’t getting caught up in any of the emotions. He would follow the flow of the game. we would have conversations after the game about certain things that happened, why did it, how it looked, the shape of it from the outside looking in. He did some advance scouting. He did some video scouting of teams we were getting ready to play. He had heavy input in our advance process as we prepared for a new series and then he was just a mind and a voice that I turned to when I wanted to talk about what the team was feeling, how the team was doing. He had a really good perspective as to the mood and the mindset that the team was under."