Bruce Levine reported Thursday afternoon that Jim Hendry has begun the interview process to find his next manager. Eric Wedge, the former manager of the Cleveland Indians, received a face-to-face interview on Thursday in Cleveland.
The Tribune confirmed the report with the Cubs GM and Hendry said the two had dinner on Wednesday night and he spent all day Thursday with Wedge “during a thorough interview process.”
According to Levine, “Wedge would have to be considered a top candidate for the Cubs job.” The Cubs’ managerial opening has been described as very desirable and Hendry is expected to interview several candidates before making his decision.
Ryne Sandberg, Fredi Gonzalez (who is a favorite to take over for Bobby Cox in Atlanta) and Pat Listach will receive an interview. Rumors have suggested Joe Girardi and Joe Torre will also be considered if they become available.
Other names that have been bantered about by the mainstream media include Ted Simmons, Bobby Valentine and Bob Brenly.
Mike Quade will also receive strong consideration according to Bruce Levine.
Joe Girardi is expected to address the Cubs’ vacancy on Friday with the Chicago media. Girardi will be on the South Side over the weekend as the Yankees face the White Sox at the Cell. Many feel Girardi could be the next manager if he and the World Champs decide to part-company at the end of the season.
Several of the candidates to replace Lou Piniella interviewed with Hendry back in 2006. Pat Listach, Ryne Sandberg, Bob Brenly, Fredi Gonzalez and Joe Girardi all received interviews four years ago.
Alan Trammell, who was expected to receive at least an interview, was told Sunday that he would not be a candidate to take over as the Cubs next skipper. After receiving the news from Hendry, Trammell decided to finish out the season and help his good friend Mike Quade.
Jim Hendry is expected to name the Cubs’ next manager before the organizational meetings in early November.
There is an updated poll on the right side of the CCO. Go vote on who you think should be the Cubs’ next manager.
The CCO received 1230 votes on the poll we put up when Lou Piniella announced he would retire at the end of the season. Here’s how the Faithful voted: Ryne Sandberg (476), Joe Girardi (371), Bob Brenly (210), Pat Listach (18), Joe Torre (76), Alan Trammell (32), Other (47).
A lot has changed since July 20.