With Mike Quade gone, Cubs’ search for next manager begins

Online Staff Report

One day after the Chicago Cubs fired Manager Mike Quade following a 71-91 season, many names have emerged as possible replacements.

One name that can be scratched off the list is former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg. New Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein told Sandberg Nov. 2 that he would not consider Sandberg for the position.

Epstein also said Nov. 2 that Quade’s replacement must have experience as a major league manager or coach. Sandberg, who has managed in the Cubs’ minor league system and managed the Phillies’ AAA affiliate last season, lacks experience as either.

The Cubs, led by Epstein and new General Manager Jed Hoyer, both of whom worked together in the Boston Red Sox organization, are now competing against their former foe, new Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington, in recruiting a new manager. The three men worked together in Boston until late 2009, and Boston is currently without a manager following the resignation of Terry Francona.

The Cubs and Red Sox are now pursuing many of the same names in their respective searches for manager. Most prominently, both teams have asked permission to interview current Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Maddux is the brother of former Chicago Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux and also played parts of two seasons in Boston in 1995 and 1996. Maddux is widely credited with helping convert the Rangers’ left-handed ace, C.J. Wilson, and Alexei Ogando from relievers into starting pitchers. Maddux, considered one of the top pitching coaches in the game, also played a key role in getting the Rangers to two-straight World Series appearances.

The Cubs and Red Sox are also interviewing Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin.

Others on the list of possible replacements include Tampa Bay Rays coach Dave Martinez, who played parts of four seasons with the Cubs; Dodgers coach Tim Wallach; and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.

San Diego Padres Manager Bud Black could also be of interest to both teams, but it is not clear whether he would be allowed to interview for other managing positions.

John Farrell, the Toronto Blue Jays’ manager and former Red Sox pitching coach, was considered a possibility in both Chicago and Boston until Toronto said he could not interview for managing positions elsewhere.

Some have also speculated Francona could be considered in Chicago if he decides to return to the game without taking a year off. Francona is also considered a candidate for manager in St. Louis, following the retirement of St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa.

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