Cubs Interview Renteria, Martinez Excited about Opportunity

As expected, the Cubs interviewed Padres’ bench coach Rick Renteria for the managerial opening on Monday in California. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer reportedly flew to San Diego to conduct sit down with Renteria, who is recovering from hip surgery. Renteria is expected to be fully recovered by Spring Training.

Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod have a history with Renteria from their days together in San Diego and according to a report from Buster Olney, the Cubs’ front office is doing a “ton of background work” on Rick Renteria.

Rick Renteria has an excellent reputation and is well respected throughout the baseball for the way he communicates and develops young players.

The Cubs have apparently asked for and have been granted permission by the Rays to speak with Dave Martinez about managing one of his former teams. The Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin spoke with Martinez and he told Topkin that he “is very excited about the interview” and he loves Chicago.

The Cubs are expected to interview Dave Martinez this week in Chicago.

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Randy Bush have reportedly talked to both A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta about the managerial opening. The front office is expected to step up their efforts to hire the next manager and the process could include interviewing additional candidates such as Torey Lovullo.

Stay tuned for updates from the Cubs’ Skipper Search

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  • Tony_Hall

    Is this kind of like a Joe Maddon type hiring? Well known within the game but not much by fans.

    I really have a hard time with this manager search as to me, there are many qualified candidates that all have different strengths and weaknesses. I would love to be able to put together a manager and coaching staff from all of the candidates, but it doesn’t work that way.

    • Bredstik

      Yeah, I’m having a hard time too. I really don’t know who I’m rooting for at this point.

      I guess the best thing to do is form an opinion as we learn more about these guys from details that are reported as they go through the interview process.

      • John_CC

        I agree with both of you. But how is a fan supposed to know anything about a bench coach for another team? All you can do is read beat writers, some of whom know the guy in question and others who don’t know any more than us.

        While its natural to form opinions based on what you read and pull for one guy over another, I think its just another really silly aspect of professional armchair fans to get all worked up over the candidates. The FO is conducting full day interviews for crying out loud! I am going to trust the highly informed decision made and wait to hold judgment until there is something to base it on. I know, how boring.

        • Tony_Hall

          I have total confidence in who they pick as they actually get to interview the guys.

          • cubtex

            Hmmm. What FO interviewed and conducted full background checks on several managerial candidates a couple of years ago and ended up hiring Dale Sveum? Mulligan….right Tony?

          • Tony_Hall

            The top 3 candidates then were Mike Maddux, Sandy Alomar and Dale Sveum. Maddux withdrew and they chose Sveum over Alomar. And still no one else has hired Alomar to manage. I wanted Alomarover Sveum. After 2 years they decided to make a change. Would you rather they stuck with a manager just because he was the one they felt was the best available 2 years ago? Even though felt they could find a better manager today. I feelthere are many good candidates to choose from this time.

          • cubtex

            Who handpicked those 3 candidates? There were no other candidates that they could have brought in to interview? They felt so strongly on how bad of a choice Sveum was that they fired him without a viable replacement and 1 year left on his contract.

          • Tony_Hall

            There are plenty of viable candidates and whoever they hire will be a very good baseball man, much better then any of us that is for sure.

            No matter who they pick you won’t like it and will pick them apart.

          • cubtex

            I am so thrilled that my opinion bothers you so much :)

          • Tony_Hall

            Not even sure what that means.

            You really should be making your list of all the new material you will have with a new manager. I guarantee they have made mistakes and you can tell us all about them. I guarantee you won’t give the new manager a fair chance, before you blast them.

          • cubtex

            again. why do you care so much? shouldn’t you be concerned about how YOU feel about the hire or hires from the FO?

          • 07GreyDigger

            He should. But it bugs me too. I guess I don’t understand that we all want the same thing for the team to win the WS and be successful, but it seems like there’s so much opposition always.

            It’s been just two years. The goal has not been met. There are so many ways to reach that goal for sure, but if we all want the same thing, why do we all disagree so much?

          • cubtex

            You hit the nail on the head. You said…. “It’s been just 2 years.” 2 years with the first being 101 losses and the 2nd 96. This is the worst 2 year stretch in Chicago Cub history. Who know??? With the snails pace that Theo is trying to get the team competitive…It very well could be the worst 3 year stretch in Cubs history. Think about that for a minute.
            I want the team to be competitive asap. You and many want to stick to the “PLAN” buy low FA…..build up the farm system. Get high draft picks and don’t add any big FA contracts. Is that the ONLY way??? Surely you don’t think so. That is why there is opposition from me and many other Chicago fans. That is why there is opposition from Gordan Wittenmyer,Bruce Levine,Steve Rosenbloom,J Hood, Lawrence Holmes and many other Chicago media. That is why there is disagreement. Chicago is a big market. We’ve had so many years of losing. 2 of the biggest with Team Theo at the helm. This is not a 5 year plan and it is hard for me to believe that anyone would stand for it. I would love to hire a sales staff and sell them that “Hey guys….We got to re-build the foundation and culture here…It will be tough for several years. You won’t make a lot of money for a couple of years…..But just wait….In 4 or 5 years…You will be amongst the best and most successful in the industry. You will have “sustained” success for many years to follow. Just believe in what I am doing and don’t listen to the naysayers. Question from the salesstaff…..”Have you ever re-built your or any other organization before???” Me….umm. not really but I know what I am doing. I won company of the year twice! I went to Harvard and I drink extra hot, 5 pump Latte’s from Starbucks. Now go get em team!

          • 07GreyDigger

            I know in the past you’ve referenced this year’s Indians rebuilding and signing FA’s in the offseason as an example of how the Cubs could do so and it’s a good example.

            But I think that this year is a great example of how far away this team really is. They can’t rebuild like that, because the Indians had a young core of solid players to build around. The Cubs don’t.

            Would you say guys like Kipnis, Santana, Masterson, Cabrera and Jimenez are on the same level of Rizzo, Castro, Samardzija, Wood and Castillo?

            Indians win by a mile. Watching this team lose has been awful to watch (I hardly watched any games), but I just can’t see how spending money on FA’s makes this team any better. They may have won 70-75 games this year at best.

            I think the FO had no idea how bad this team was until this season. I don’t think Ricketts knew either. I know they all sold us a bill of goods to sell tickets, but I just can’t see what they can do to make this team any better than rebuilding the old fashioned way unfortunately.

        • 07GreyDigger

          This is a great point. We don’t know anything about these guys other than the teams they work for, their connections to the front office and maybe a little bit about their style.

          One could hope that based on the Dale experience (and some interviews with veteran players they know the kind of guy they need to manage going forward. Unless you’re a contrarian.

  • Tony_Hall

    Keith Law with a look at the best in the AFL>

    Insider only – http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/keith-law/post?id=1383&refresh=true&refresh=true

    Overview of the Cubs players was first and included Almora, Bryant and Soler. He says Soler is visibly bigger and stronger than last year. He talked about Bryant squaring up a 97 mph fast ball like it was 87. Overall very good report on all 3. He only highlighted 13 players and 3 were Cubs.

  • Tony_Hall

    Wally Bell passes away at age of 48 from a heart attack. He had just worked the Pirates and Cardinals series. Sad story.

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  • jtrain23

    I said this last week and I will say it again. I am really beginning to like the idea of Dave Martinez as the manager. He understands the city of Chicago but is not connected with anyone in the Front Office. This will help him to have the insight and objectivity to make tough decisions. Plus, I cannot think of a better mentor for how to manage a team with young, home grown talent than Joe Maddon.

    His comments only strengthen my thoughts. He’s excited and loves the city of Chicago. Sounds like the kind of guy we need after Sveum. He always felt like an outsider to me and was so indifferent in the dugout and interviews that it was hard to really support him.

    • Eugene Debs

      I like Martinez as well.

  • Eugene Debs

    Hip surgery, huh? Well, that’s our guy. We love picking up injured “assets.”

    • cubtex

      Hahaha. Yes they do :))))

      • triple

        Just think how tradeable an injured manager can be once he’s recovered with the Cubs? Probably a good bag of AA balls that are only a year away from being major league ready!