Originally Posted by roylestillman
The more that comes out about this, the more it sounds like you can take the teal off of that Grooming him to take over for Ventura line. Supposedly, today Reinsdorf said that Thome will make a great manager someday. Don't know if we just don't end up in the same boat with an inexperienced manager again, but at least we'd have one with a little more enthusiasm for the job.
But there's no way he directly succeeds Ventura, though. Bringing in Ventura's replacement for a nebulous job while RV is still in charge would undermine the Sox professionally as long as JR owns the team. Just bringing him in a 'special assistant that works with players' sorta undermines the whole coaching staff as it is. Either his role is being overstated or the Sox are terrible at handling hiring and firing. Or both.
I really don't get it. If you want him to coach, hire him as a coach. If you want him in the front office, give him a front office gig. His named position and activity are incongruous.