By Marc Weinreich
October 11, 2012

The Boston Red Sox are starting to line up candidates to fill the recently-vacated manager role left by Bobby Valentine, who was let go in early October, a day after the team wrapped up a season that general manager Ben Cherrington called one of the worst in franchise history.

The team is reportedly scheduled to meet with Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach this week. Now, according to a tweet Thursday morning from national baseball writer Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Sox will interview three-time gold glove catcher Brad Ausmus for the manager job.

According to a report from The Boston Globe, Ausmus would definitely be interested in the job if he were given the opportunity.

"That's one job that would get me off my couch early."

In September, Ausmus withdrew his candidacy from the Houston Astros' manager search, despite playing 10 seasons for the team. He is currently a special assistant to the general manager of the San Diego Padres.

Although he doesn't have experience managing a major league baseball team, Ausmus did manage Team Israel this year as it looked to qualify for the World Baseball Classic. He's a native of the New England area; he grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Dartmouth and owns a home on Cape Cod.

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