Cubs Interview Brad Ausmus for Managerial Vacancy

According to multiple reports, the Cubs are interviewing Brad Ausmus in Chicago on Friday. Rumors have suggested the front office had already spoken to Ausmus about the Cubs’ job and he was thought to be the mystery candidate that received an interview.

Brad Ausmus has connections with Jed Hoyer from their days together in San Diego, and recent reports indicated Ausmus’ stock was rising within the Cubs’ front office.

The Cubs are still expected to formally interview Torey Lovullo for the manager’s job before going to the second phase of the process.

The front office appears to be targeting the Nov. 11 deadline that Theo Epstein mentioned more than a month ago. As previously reported, the Cubs new manager could be in place by the end of next week.

With Brad Ausmus receiving a sit down with the Cubs’ brass, that brings the total to six candidates believed to have interviewed for the job … plus one unknown ‘mystery candidate’. The Cubs have interviewed A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Dave Martinez, Rick Renteria, Eric Wedge and now Ausmus. Hinch and Renteria are believed to still be in the mix, but Acta and Martinez are not believed to be on the Cubs’ shortlist.

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  • cubtex

    quite an impressive resume! If the Cubs are going to go with a new guy without any mlb managerial experience….Ausmus would be about as good of a gamble as you can get.

    • Tony_Hall

      I like Ausmus as well. Of course the chance of the stars aligning and both of us liking the new
      manager are pretty slim.

      • cubtex

        Never getting a grade lower than a B at Dartmouth? And playing baseball? Smart dude with integrity and character. Alot of great qualities!

        • Tony_Hall

          Smart guy and played catcher, that checks a lot of boxes in my book. I like Lovullo or him the most.

          • cubtex

            I think the catcher thing is a bit overrated.

          • Tony_Hall

            Lol. You just cant allow us to agree on anything…

          • cubtex

            hahaha. I just think that this talk about former catchers being such students of the game is so blown out of proportion. You can be a student of the game no matter where you played. That’s my 2 cents. You can keep the change.

          • 07GreyDigger

            While he annoyed me as a player (always getting a big hit against the Cubs, but never against anyone else), I think catchers (at least the good ones) fall into this category, because they have to be good at hitting and with pitchers. That’s what you want in a manager.

            While I agree that all of this can be learned, you can’t argue that catchers (and pitchers) have the upper hand here.

          • cubtex

            You can come up with just as many other examples. The Tony LaRussa’s, Jim Leyland etc. I don’t agree that any position grooms you to be a manager over any other. In fact….pitchers would be the last on the list if you were to put them in order imo. They are separated from many of the team(defensively and offensively) drills during spring training

          • 07GreyDigger

            I only said pitchers because they have to know how to pitch to certain hitters. But that’s a guess. I played RF in Little League, you can guess how good that made me.

          • Tony_Hall

            I think it has more to do with that catchers are more involved in everything going on in a game and you can’t say that about any other position. Pitchers are the exact opposite end of the spectrum as they have a hard time understanding how to back up the catcher, let alone understanding all parts of the game. To me, being a catcher is on the job training to be a manager. This doesn’t mean that all catchers have what it takes to be a manager, obviously this is not true.

          • TrevorPetersma

            Can we hire Barrett as coach for one day and simultaneously sign Big Z back? Popcorn.

  • cubtex

    Tanaka Likely To Cost More Than Darvish #mlb
    Not as good of a pitcher but will cost more. Starting pitching is getting more and more expensive.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Samardzija price will be very high when his time comes.

    • BosephHeyden

      I’m thinking the reason for that is because of Darvish. The Rangers picked him up young, and since has progressed rather well in the majors, there’s a good chance that Tanaka can be molded into the same type of pitcher.

      Of course, Darvish also had the benefit of working with a great pitching coach for both years he’s been with the Rangers in Mike Maddux. Whoever gets Tanaka better be very confident their pitching coach can do the same with him.

      All of this makes the Yankees obtaining him interesting to me, because Larry Rothschild has really good success dealing with pitchers that have already had major league experience, yet falls flat when he’s the guy who has to develop their major league skill set. I’d be curious to see if he could translate Japanese experience into MLB experience.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    A Yale grad hiring a Dartmouth grad?
    Are there any Harvard Lawyers around this meeting?

  • Neil

    Arizona Diamondbacks hired former Cubs first base coach Dave McKay. McKay will hold the same position with Arizona on Kirk Gibson’s staff.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      nice coaching staff Gibson assembled.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Losing McKay will be larger hole to fill for the Cubs then losing one of our stating pitchers for a year.
    Besides clapping his hands and telling the runner to get back to first, McKay helped allot with this team of how to run the bases, defense positioning and making sure Dale did not put Rizzo’s name twice on the lineup card.

  • Theboardrider

    I believe Ausmus could really do great things in Chicago. However I feel that Lovullo could do well also. I will be happy with either signing and think either has a shot of being the guy in the dugout when the team turns the corner.

    That said, I personally prefer Ausmus.

  • Sanibelchuck

    I think if one would go back when talk of a new manager was taking place, I was one of the first to mention Brad Ausmus.

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