BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox and Jim Rice are taking steps to amend their problems of the past two years. The former Red Sox slugger, who has been reeling from emotional wounds suffered when the team released him following the 1989 season and then offered him a day of honor in conjunction with Bob Stanley, is being strongly considered for a minor-league hitting coach's position in the organization.
General manager Lou Gorman said last night, "It's up to Jim. We'd love to have him." Rice could not be reached for comment.
His friend and former agent, George Kalafatis, said Rice had discussions with farm director Edward Kenney at the farm directors' meetings in Boca Raton last week while attending a golf tournament in the area.
"I know they've had some talks, but I don't know what stage it's at," Kalafatis said. "It would be a wonderful thing for Jim to return to the Red Sox as a hitting coach.