Twins reportedly get permission to interview Hale, Lovullo

A's, Red Sox bench coaches both have experience managing in Minors

Twins reportedly get permission to interview Hale, Lovullo

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have started to contact managerial candidates from outside the organization, as they've been granted permission to interview A's bench coach Chip Hale and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo for the vacant manager's job, according to reports.

The Orioles also expect bench coach John Russell to interview for the position once Baltimore's season is over, MLB.com reported on Sunday. The Twins, however, have not made any announcements about any managerial candidates.

Hale, 49, has a history with the Twins, as he played parts of six seasons in Minnesota from 1989-96. He's been the A's bench coach for the last three seasons after previously serving as the third-base coach for the Mets and D-backs. He also has managing experience in the Minor Leagues, including managing at Triple-A Tucson (D-backs affiliate) for three years from 2004-06.

Hale, who coached the D-backs from 2007-09, is also reportedly scheduled to interview for Arizona's vacant managerial position.

Lovullo, 49, has been the bench coach for the Red Sox for the last two seasons and also was part of Boston's organization in '10 when he managed Triple-A Pawtucket. He managed in Cleveland's farm system from 2002-09 before joining Toronto's staff as a first-base coach in 2011, a position he held for two years. He has a career 661-609 (.520) record as a Minor League manager.

Lovullo, who has no previous ties to the Twins, already interviewed for Houston's managerial opening that went to A.J. Hinch and is also scheduled to interview for the Texas job, according to reports.

Other outside candidates who have been linked with the Twins include White Sox third-base coach Joe McEwing, Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.