Updating the Skipper Search: Cubs Have Reportedly Talked to Torey Lovullo

The front office has expanded their search for the next manager of the Cubs as expected. While Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Randy Bush have interviewed at least four candidates, the Cubs’ brass have asked the Rangers for permission to speak with Mike Maddux and it appears they will wait for the Sox’s season to come to an end in order to further discuss the job with Torey Lovullo before making a decision.

According to Peter Gammons, “the Cubs have talked to Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo about their vacant managerial job, but will not have any further discussions until the Red Sox are through playing.” John Farrell was asked about the Cubs’ interest in Lovullo and he told the Boston media prior to Game 6 of the ALCS that he would prefer the Cubs wait until after the Sox are done. Farrell said the team would not stand in Lovullo’s way of pursuing “potential opportunities” and added, “He’s a great baseball mind … Going to be very good.” Multiple reports from the Boston media indicated the Cubs had not asked for permission to speak to Lovullo yet.

Multiple reports from the mainstream media on Saturday also confirmed the Cubs would like to talk to Mike Maddux again and he is indeed in the mix.

It is unclear at this point the exact number of additional candidates, but the list of possible managers could increase even further in the coming days. And while the front office is talking to managerial candidates, they are also interviewing well-respected baseball men that could be part of the new manager’s coaching staff.

What has been reported is that the Cubs have spoken with A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Rick Renteria and Dave Martinez about the managerial opening. The Tribune prematurely reported that Martinez would be the last candidate interviewed and that the front office would decide between the four men. And while reports have surfaced that Renteria and Martinez are seen as favorites for the job that does not appear to be the case at this point of the process.

The Cubs do not appear to be in a rush to name a new manager and could take until the GM Meetings begin on November 11 to make an announcement. While the Cubs played their last game of the season nearly three weeks ago, baseball’s off-season has not begun. There is nothing wrong with interviewing multiple candidates to find the right man this time around.

Stay tuned for updates from The Cubs’ Skipper Search

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Ring Ring……..Ring Ring
    Theo: “Hey Torey, this is Theo, want to come in for an interview for the Cubs job?”
    Torey: Theo, if you haven’t notice, I am in the middle of a playoff series.
    Theo: “Playoffs ?…..Playoffs ?…..been some time for me….I forgot what that is like”
    Torey: “I know….you are with the Cubs now”

    • RynoTiger

      and the rest of the conversation went:
      Theo: “Yes I am proud to be with the Cubs. We have been doing some great things to turn this organization around. It’s been forever since the Cubs have been to a World Series and it’s not something you turn around in 1 or 2 seasons. The organization was in disarray with no vision or plan for sustaining success. My team and I have worked hard to implement a model that will get us there and we have made some great strides in developing a farm system that will actually produce quality players that can help us achieve many playoff and World Series titles in the near future.”
      Torey: “That sounds great, Theo. I knew you could help turn that organization around and build a culture focused on sustaining success. That is something that I and other managerial candidates would love to be a part of. I look forward to the opportunity to interview for the manager position. Thank you for the offer. I am humbled.”

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Torey: “.in conclusion Theo, my team will be in the World Series…..so that interview will have to wait”
        Theo: “No problem, I have about several more names to add besides yours……..this process will take me into the GM Winter Meetings”

        • RynoTiger

          Torey: “I completely understand. Not a problem at all. Sometimes timelines in life have to be adjusted and it takes great maturity and wisdom to recognize that. So I appreciate that you have those qualities for the search. Theo, I know that you’ve only been gone a couple of years now and you actually had a hand in drafting and developing and signing some of the players who got the Red Sox to the World Series this year, so I wanted to say thank you for such vision. I know others would never acknowledge your impact on the team getting to the World Series this year, but I can. So thank you.”

  • jtrain23

    I know this is totally of topic but I guess I would like to talk about something, anything other than the new manager for a moment. Am I the only one that believes (maybe rightfully so) that Kris Bryant could very well be getting a significant look in the big leagues sometime next year? Dude can just straight up hit.

    • cc002600

      IMO he is cubs best prospect, better than Baez…..I think Baez has huge ceiling, but I also worry about the amount of K’s…..plus his defense.

      Bryant is more polished, with no real weak spots from what I can tell. I cannot wait to see this guy at Wrigley. Hopefully at some point next year, he is up.

      • kingdomusa

        Stats say both Baez & Bryant are ready to play in the show. KB @ 3rd / Baez in LF or 2b

  • cubtex

    Ok. I am on the Lovullo bsndwagon. He likes to bunt. Had Victorino bunt 1st and 2nd no out and then had Dtew bunt with man on 2nd and no out in 7th.

    • cubtex

      Now if he squeezes the tying run in here with bases loaded and Victorina up….,he’s our man :)))

      • cubtex

        Too late. Down 0-2

        • cubtex

          Wow! Grand slam! Tigers bullpen fails again. Red Sox vs Cards World Series.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Saved from himself by Victorino’s inept bunting skills!

            POWER wins the day.

          • cubtex

            Tigers bullpen is doing a great impression of the Cubs bullpen this series.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Serves them right: they refused to trade, first for Marmol, and then
            for Kevin Gregg. This is why they are losing.


          • CubbyDenCritic

            if the Tigers had Marmol & Gregg, would never seen the playoffs.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Gregg is so homer prone…he could wreck a pennant drive all by himself.

            Marmol: let him go to Yanks and thrive under Rothschild again.

          • Tony_Hall

            Never seen a bunt grand slam win a game and send a team to the World Series.

      • Tony_Hall

        Boy would that of been a mistake, an old school mistake.

    • Tony_Hall

      Um, you do know that Farrell is the manager right?

      • cubtex

        Bench coach. And I am messing with you. You are up early. Heading downtown for a run.

        • Tony_Hall

          Have a good day!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Seems like it was Ryan Dempster as the winner of which ex-Cub makes it to the World Series.

  • SuzyS

    I am excited for the Red Sox. My sister and brother-in-law were at the game. Not as good as the Cubs going…but definitely a huge plum…Go BoSox!!!

    • Dorasaga

      Curious, do your fellow Beantown fans saw Uehara the MVP of the series? I have a hard time believing you did.

  • John_CC

    Contrary to all the media guesswork the FO was clearly not sold on any of the first four candidates. Deliberate, due diligence will pay off.

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