Cubs to Interview Eric Wedge for Managerial Opening

According to multiple reports on Friday morning, the Cubs have spoken with former Indians and Mariners skipper Eric Wedge and plan to formally interview him next week for their managerial opening.

Eric Wedge would be the sixth known candidate for the Cubs’ job joining A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria, Dave Martinez and Torey Lovullo.

If Wedge does interview for the job, it will be the second time that he has interviewed with the Cubs. Eric Wedge was reportedly high on Jim Hendry’s list in 2010 before Mike Quade was hired.

Eric Wedge resigned from his job with the Mariners on September 27 but managed the final three games. Wedge suffered a stroke in July and missed a month of the season.

Eric Wedge managed the Cleveland Indians from 2003-2009 and was named AL Manager of the Year in 2007. Wedge’s Indians lost to the Red Sox in the ALCS that season. Seattle hired Wedge in October of 2010 and he led the Mariners for three seasons. Wedge cited differences in philosophies with the front office as the reason for stepping down in September.

In other skipper news, according to Ken Rosenthal the Nationals have hired Matt Williams as their new manager. A date for a formal announcement has not been reported.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are not the only ones conducting the interviews. As previously reported, Randy Bush and Tom Ricketts are known to be involved in the process. The Sun-Times reported, “Cubs insiders suggest the front office is comfortable hiring any of several candidates on their list and are conducting multiple interviews involving different layers of the upper management team with those candidates.

Rick Renteria interviewed for the Mariners’ job on Thursday and is thought to be the frontrunner for the Cubs’ job. The Sun-Times reported on Friday that the Padres “are making preparations to fill Renteria’s post.”

The Cubs will reportedly wait until after the World Series so they can formally interview Torey Lovullo.

Theo Epstein put a loose deadline of November 11 of having the new manager in place. And, one thing to keep in mind is that the front office is also conducting interviews to fill coaching positions on the new manager’s staff.

Stay tuned for updates from the Cubs’ Skipper Search

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Question here is, if Wedge takes the Cubs job, can his heart take the 9th innings with our bullpen?

    • paulcatanese

      After 3 strokes and quad bypass, not much bothers one anymore, things are taken in stride.
      Speaking for myself of course:) That was at age 55, now on short side of 80. If that’s the only worry, I don’t think it matters.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Wedge did come in my mind earlier in this process, but I thought he would take a year off to recoup on his health.

  • SuzyS

    Usually, when a new manager comes in…he selects his own coaching staff….In this case…since the Cubs are taking so long to make their decision…it is a smart move by management to conduct coach interviews at the same time…While the new manager should be allowed to select his staff…it’s nice that a lot of legwork would have already been done for him…I wonder how that plays out in the manager interview process?

    • Ripsnorter1

      I wouldn’t think it plays out very well. Think about it:

      “Hey, we want you to be the boss, but we’ve
      hired your assistants, and they are beholden to us, not you.
      More than that, they are on the same page with us, not necessarily you,
      so they may not work together with you from the very first day.”

      Sounds like a very, very dumb idea to me.

      • SuzyS

        Rip…I didn’t say they should hire all the coaches for the new manager…I just said it was smart to do some leg work for the manager to be.
        It should be up to the new manager to select his own staff.

  • Dave_in_STL

    Well… at least it was not TONY LaRussa.
    TLR: Well, I think the Cubs need me, I bring a lot of experience to the bench, Dave McKay is already here, I’ll get Big Z back so I can bat him 8th. There are a lot of stray cats & dogs in the Chicago area that need my ARF foundation’s help. I never meant all those mean things I said about Kerry Wood.
    What a joke, stay in the Bay area Tony. All the flights from Oakland the Chi-Town are sold out, at least until after 11/11/13.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I’d hire Tony LaRussa in less than 1 nanosecond.

      Have you seen the managers we have had? Talk about a Nightmare on Addison Street….

      Dusty Baker. (SCREAM!)
      Jim Lafebrve. (BLOOD CURDLING SCREAM!)
      Riggleman. (Someone loudly saying, “That’s not dumb, that’s STUPID!).
      Quade. (Some man talking in a girlish voice, saying, “Let’s bunt!).

      And the nightmare goes on.

      The Cubs lose because they cannot draft. And the Cubs lose because they
      have had poor management, for the most part. And when they have had good management,
      they get fired. (See Dallas Green, et al).

      • cubtex

        Cubs could have won if they made a shrewd trade at the trade deadline in 2008,2007 and 2003. You need a little luck. You don’t think Theo’s Red Sox got a couple of breaks to win the WS both of those years? They were one game away from elimination both of those years. The ball bounces a different way…and they are in the same place as the Cubs. If Hendry would have upgraded the bullpen in 2008….they would have a WS.

        • Ripsnorter1

          And if he had not thrown away the 2008 team for the likes of Joey Gathright, Milton
          Bradley, et al, we would have had another shot at the WS. Instead, every Cubs fan in the world
          who was not singing the praises of Jim Hendry would have instantly recognized that he was
          tearing down any chance we had of a repeat of 2008.

          • Brp921

            I never understood Jim Hendry’s logic in signing Milton Bradley. Set aside any problems attitude wise with Bradley. The stated goal that off season was to sign a left handed power hitter. So with Adam Dunn available they went out and signed a switch hitter whose power came from the right side.

          • John_CC

            Hendry loved signing players after career years. What’s not to understand about the Bradley signing?

        • John_CC

          In the NLDS, game 1 Dempster was terrible. Game 2 the Dodgers scored 5 in the 2nd inning, enough to win the game, Game 3 they lost 3-1. The bullpen had nothing to do with the epic collapse of 2008. The starting pitching stunk, thier defense sucked and the offense scored 6 runs in the series.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I would agree, John, that the Dodgers series was lost, not due to the bullpen, but to Lou Pinella–TWO WEEKS BEFORE.

            I was watching Cubs vs Brewers. It’s late. The game is tied. Stone is the announcer. It’s the end of the year, the Cubs have clinched, the issue is now just what other teams will make up the rest of the playoffs. The Brewers are tied with NY Mets for the last playoff spot. Since the Cubs are playing the Brewers, the Cubs will decide who they play in the playoffs. Lou has a chance to put the Brewers out of the playoffs. Stone makes the comment, “Lou right here can determine the Cubs’ run to the WS. All he has to do is eliminate the Brewers, and the Cubs will play the Mets. If he doesn’t, the Cubs will play LA Dodgers, a team which the Cubs do not match up against very well.”

            Lou is in a comma. Throws the game away by not using his best players. After all, the Cubs have already clinched it. Cubs lose to Brewers, Brewers make the playoffs, the Cubs do not play the Mets, and the Cubs lose to LA Dodgers.

            Isn’t this the history since 1945 of the ChiCubs?
            Can’t think.
            Can’t draft.
            Can’t manage.
            Can’t win.

            Steve Stone has more insight than Lou or Dusty. And it was this carefree, non-thinking attitude of Lou the second half of 2008 that killed the Cubs’ WS prospects in 2008. And that same “I don’t care” attitude came through in 2009, too. And then, he was gone. Thankfully.

          • Dorasaga

            I can’t put it into better words. I was worrying about the Cubs the later half of Sept., 2008, as they lost that fight in them, and the veterans were rested too long.

            http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHC/2008-schedule-scores.shtml

            Look at the splits for each month. The Cubs were doing great before Sep., when they lost half of the games and couldn’t score.

            It snowballed into the postseason, and they never were good again.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yup. Amen.

      • John_CC

        What about Gene Micheals, Jim Essian, and Tom Treblehorn? It’s just an incredible list.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Yes. I think Essian was way, way high on the list of really
          poor game managers. I am talking “All-Time Worst Game Managers.”

          • John_CC

            I think Dusty was is an enigma. But how is he o e of the all-time worst in your book? I mean he was the manager when the team has come closer than any … In my lifetime at least. I am serious now, I wonder what the things he did make you put him above Essian et al?

          • Ripsnorter1

            1. Very poor in game manager. Totally bumfoozled by matchups; who hits who effectively, and who
            cannot even make contact vs. whom. Not a thinker like Tony LaRussa; more in the mold of Essian or Lefebre.

            2. Grinds a pitching staff into powder. By the end of the year, nothing is left in their arms to win in the post season, or to win next year, and for some, does permanent their career. (See: Wood, Kerry: “153 Pitches & 20 K’s”). Why wouldn’t this alone condemn him?

            3. Favors vets and sits the rookies until they rust away. Eternally.

            4. His main virtue is players like him because
            he promises that, if they cooperate, “I’ll get you the money.” That phrase, “I’ll Get You the Money,”
            was his theme for one of the years as manager.

            5. Doesn’t seem to learn; makes the same mistakes over and over and over again.

            6. If you have an All-Star team, Mr. Baker can–as you say–”get you close.” Consider the 2013 Reds. PATHETIC third place finish.

            This ought to be enough to start with…..

  • cubtex

    Loved the managerial job by Mike Matheny last night for the Cards. It would be nice to hire a manager who manages a game by feel instead of what the book always says. He pulled a double steal down by 1 run in the 7th with a lefthanded batter at the plate.(Ballsy) Kept Carlos Martinez in the entire 8th inning and let him face Big Papi who homered earlier against Wacha instead of bringing in Choate. Again(Ballsy) and hit the right buttons both times. Players love playing for managers like that. I hope the Cubs hire a guy who manages by feel and goes with his gut occasionally.

    • SuzyS

      I love good baseball…and last night was a good game…even though I’m rooting for the Red Sox.
      I just want a good manager for the Cubs…and that sometimes means making decisions with your gut. So Cubtex…we agree.

  • Ripsnorter1

    NO!

    • SuzyS

      No….what???

    • 07GreyDigger

      I agree. If we want a manager to develop our young players, Eric Wedge has done an awful job the past couple of years in Seattle. They’ve made zero progress and a lot of their young guys (Ackley, Smoak, Saunders) have gotten worse.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Grey knows what I’m talking about: “just say ‘no’ to Eric Wedge.”

        : )

  • SuzyS

    Here’s the guy that indirectly made me a baseball fan…

    My stepfather’s mother, (my grandmother), curiously went to the ballpark by herself for years. I always wondered about it and how that came about…(She was widowed in 1927 and never remarried). In any case, she imparted a love of baseball to my father…in turn…he gave it to me.

    Many years later…after all had passed…I inherited my grandmother’s private papers/letters etc…and was amazed to find references in her letters that my grandfather was really good friends with a World Series hero…which sparked her interest in baseball.

    This guy hit .444 in the 1915 World Series and was responsible for 5 of his team’s 12 runs during the Series…so hats off to DL, without him…I might not be posting here today: http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/5f9f3a44

    • cubtex

      Very cool! Thanks for sharing Suzy!

      • SuzyS

        Glad you liked it…One of the things that intrigued me about Duffy was he was a teammate of Babe Ruth when he hit both his first HR,(Red Sox) and last…(Boston Braves).

        • paulcatanese

          Good article Suzy, what was interesting for me was the pitching duel between Johnson and Smoky Joe Wood in 1912.
          Wood was the great grand father of one of my closets friends, he has traveled from Ca. back to Boston for more than one award ceremony for him, and has a lot of memories around his house, including some things from Ruth.

          • SuzyS

            Paul, that’s really neat! That duel between Johnson and Wood was fabulous…Johnson actually challenged Wood to that duel.

  • cubtex

    RIP put up a list of the Cubs former 1st round draft picks a couple of days ago. Check this out!!!!
    Look at the Cardinals 2009 draft.

    1st round #19 Shelby Miller
    3rd round #98 Joe Kelly
    13th round #399 Matt Carpenter
    21st round #639 Trevor Rosenthal
    23rd round #699 Matt Adams

    What an amazing draft!

    • coachdon

      And didn’t they draft Wacha 13 spots after the Cubs took Almora? Or am I wrong about that? I hope Almora turns out to be good but wouldn’t Wacha look good in blue pinstripes?

      • SuzyS

        You got it right…Wacha was drafted #19 in the 2012 draft. And he’s a starter in the 2013 WS…Amazing!

        • John_CC

          Totally amazing. And not just a starter, he’s been the ace of the post season. What?!

      • cubtex

        yep and Cashner was a #19 pick as well. Goes to show you that you can still get good draft picks without tanking seasons.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Hush your mouth!

          You are chipping away at the beautiful golden image of XXXX.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Let’s move on from this. Thank you.

        • RynoTiger

          but that also implies that the Cubs would have had years and years and years of solid drafting and development like the Cardinals and had a system that could continually develop and produce players to replace those that left via FA/trades. Now did the Cubs have a system like that prior to the evil Theo?

    • Ripsnorter1

      The Cards got more out of that draft than the Cubs did out of 20 years of drafting.

    • Ripsnorter1

      What’s left of 2006 draft?
      Colvin.
      Samardzija.
      Clevinger.
      Blake Parker.
      That’s it.

      What’s left of Cubs’ 2007 draft?
      Vitters.
      Donaldson on the A’s really raking.
      Barney, not raking.
      Brandon Guyer.
      James Russell.

      2008 draft?
      Cashner.
      Flaherty.
      Chris Carpenter, BoSox AAA reliever.
      Josh Harrison, Pirates.
      Tony Campana, D’Backs.
      Sonny Gray, did not sign.
      None on are the Cubs. Dealt away.

      2009 draft?
      Brett Jackson, El Busto.
      D.J. LeMahieu. Colorado.
      Rusin. AAA
      Raley. AAA

      2010 draft?
      Reggie Golden. Matt Szczur. AAA
      That’s it.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Thanks for pointing out how bad the organization was under Tribune ownership.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Rizzo & Barney made Gold Glove finalist list.

    • Ripsnorter1

      How did they fare in the “Silver Slugger Award?”

      LOL

      • cubtex

        haha

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