Updating the Cubs Managerial Search … and Brenly to the Brewers?

What began as a rumor on Twitter picked up a little steam on Wednesday afternoon. A tweet from Doug Russell of WSSP indicated Bob Brenly is close to becoming the Brewers’ new manager. Brenly told Russell “he has nothing to say right now.” WSSP is the flagship station for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers have denied the report and stated they have not begun the process of interviewing managers to replace Ken Macha.

Bruce Levine reported the Cubs managerial search “may soon be going into Phase 2, team officials have had multiple interviews with at least two of the current candidates.”

Who’s in the Dugout?
According to Bruce Levine, Ryne Sandberg and Eric Wedge have had multiple interviews, with Wedge meeting with Jim Hendry twice and Randy Bush for a third interview. Levine reported all three of Wedge’s interviews were considered “formal.”

Mike Quade might not receive a formal interview due to the fact Hendry and Quade interacted regularly after Quade took over for Lou Piniella on August 22.

Levine reported Hendry interviewed Don Wakamatsu and Bob Melvin for the Cubs’ managerial position.

Bob Brenly
Bruce Miles threw out a couple of scenarios that make a lot of sense. Miles mentioned the fact if Mike Quade is named the Cubs manager he could bring in Ken Macha as his bench coach. Quade worked for Macha while both were in the Oakland A’s organization.

Miles also stated that Bob Melvin could end up with Brenly in Milwaukee as his bench coach.

Both Miles and the report from the AP stated Dan Plesac “would be a leading candidate” to replace Brenly in the booth.

Dave Martinez
Former Cub and current Tampa Bay Ray bench coach, Dave Martinez, said he would be interested in managing the Cubs if they called.

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