Red Sox manager must fit blueprint

The Red Sox might choose to bring in a complete unknown and have him carry out their will.

Updated: October 30, 2003, 11:10 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Do you ever wonder if some people like the hot stove league better than the American and National? For them, the rumors, innuendo and gossip of the winter months are far more intriguing than reading box scores and trudging out to the stadium.

The rest of us don't have to go that far to enjoy what goes on between seasons. We see it as a means of staying in the game when all the equipment is packed away.

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