CLEVELAND -- Sandy Alomar Jr. insists that he is only concentrating on the Indians' remaining games, but it is hard to believe that the interim manager has not been thinking a little about the possibility of earning the permanent job.
Alomar is indeed excited about that opportunity.
"It'd be great. It'd be awesome," Alomar said on Monday. "I played here many years. I'm very proud of this organization. They have treated me great. They brought me back. If it's the time, it's their choice. If it's the time, it's time. if not, there will be some other time."
As things currently stand, the only two publicized candidates have been Alomar, who was named former manager Manny Acta's replacement on Thursday, and former big league manager Terry Francona. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Francona is tentatively scheduled to formally interview for Cleveland's managerial job on Friday.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said nothing was finalized, but noted that no interviews would take place until the conclusion of the regular season.
Francona, who is currently an analyst for ESPN, served as manager of the Red Sox from 2004-11 and the Phillies from 1997-2000. Francona worked in Cleveland's front office in 2001 and has maintained friendships with Indians president Mark Shapiro and Antonetti. Francona's father, Tito, played for the Indians from 1959-64.
Heading into Monday's matchup with the White Sox, the Indians had gone 2-1 with Alomar at the helm. Alomar has just three more games as interim manager, but Antonetti has made it clear that the former bench coach will also be strongly considered for the full-time job.
Alomar, who had never managed at any level before taking over for Acta, said he will understand if Cleveland goes in another direction.
"Whatever is best for the team. I'm humble about that," Alomar said. "I don't say, 'I'm supposed to be the guy. I've got to be the guy.' I'm not that kind of guy. I never have been in my career. I've never been selfish about that. Whatever is best for the organization."