Phillies Interview for Manager
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) _ Former Philadelphia catchers Darren Daulton and Bob Boone were interviewed Wednesday as possible replacements for fired Phillies manager Terry Francona.
Daulton spent almost three hours with general manager Ed Wade, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., director of scouting Mike Arbuckle and senior adviser Dallas Green at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater.
``The hardest thing to do as a manager is to collectively get 25 guys on the same page, playing as a winning ball club and playing together as a team,″ Daulton said. ``I know how to win and what it takes to win, that’s what I would relate to my players.″
Boone said he enjoyed the interview.
``It went terrific,″ Boone said. ``We had a three hour discussion of baseball, with some people I really respect a lot. I always enjoy that.″
Wade noted that Boone, who had a 181-208 record when he managed Kansas City from 1995-97, has experience the Daulton lacks, but said that doesn’t eliminate Daulton from consideration.
``It’s no secret that Darren doesn’t have any on field staff experience, his has all been as a player,″ Wade said. ``He wouldn’t be the first person to go into managing without that experience. At the same time, you balance that out against the other qualities he could potentially bring to the job and that’s why he’s a very solid candidate. If we thought that experience was a specific criteria, we wouldn’t even have interviewed Darren Daulton.″
Ruben Amaro Sr., the team’s minor league fielding coordinator, will be interviewed Thursday.