Red Sox said to be interested in Mackanin

Pete Mackanin (left) is under consideration for the Red Sox managerial opening. (Eric Mencher / Staff Photographer)

St. LOUIS -- Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin was predictably flattered to hear reports that he’s under consideration for the Boston Red Sox managerial opening. He was also predictably reluctant to talk about it as long as the Phillies are still alive in the postseason.

“I don’t even want to think about it right now,” he said before Game 3 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium. “We’ve just got to go to the World Series and win it.

“After that I’d like to put some thought in it. It’s nice to hear your name come up, but I really don’t want to talk about it or deal with it until we win the World Series. That’s what we’re looking forward to.

“I’ve always hoped that somebody would at least give me an interview. Hell, I’m 60 years old so sooner or later it’s bound to happen. It’s the top of the industry. There’s only 30 jobs like that. I’ve managed my whole life, so it would be great. It would be fun to have the chance.”

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Red Sox have not yet asked for permission to speak to Mackanin.

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