Team Epstein completed their first formal interview on Friday for the Cubs managerial position … current Phillies’ bench coach, Pete Mackanin. Mackanin said he enjoyed the interview and described it as “thorough and a little exhausting.” According to multiple reports, Mackanin said the interview was comprehensive and Team Epstein did not let him up for air … they just kept pounding questions at him. Mackanin added that the interview process was similar to the one he went through in Boston just a few days ago.
The Chicago area native told the Cubs during his interview that he grew up rooting for both the Cubs and the Sox. Reportedly, Epstein told him (jokingly), “Don’t ever mention you were a Sox fan again.”
Dale Sveum is next up for Team Epstein. Sveum will go through the Cubs interview process on Monday.
Here’s the rest of the update … Managerial Candidates
The Cubs are expected to interview Mike Maddux late next week. According to a report in the Boston Globe, Maddux’s interview with the Red Sox is scheduled for Tuesday. The Sun-Times reported Friday that Maddux would meet with the Cubs a couple of days following his talk with Boston.
Sandy Alomar, Jr. is on every Cubs list that has made public. The Cubs have yet to receive formal permission from the Indians to speak with Alomar. The Red Sox (no surprise) are also interested in Alomar and have an interview scheduled with him on Wednesday according to the Boston Globe.
Click here … and here for videos of Pete Mackanin discussing his interview with the Chicago Cubs
Minor League Free Agents
Thirteen players in the Cubs system have hit the free agent market … and that does not mean the Cubs cannot re-sign them to minor league contracts. The most notable name on the list supplied by Baseball America is Angel Guzman.
The other 12 players that are on the minor league free agent market … Pitchers: Justin Berg, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Marco Carrillo, Robert Coello, Dylan Johnston, Carlton Smith, Alvaro Sosa and Jeff Stevens. Catchers: Mario Mercedes and Chris Robinson. Infielder: John Urick and Scott Moore.
AFL Rising Stars Game
The best of the prospects participating in the Arizona Fall League will be on display Saturday night in the sixth annual AFL Rising Stars game. The MLB Network will televise the game live beginning at 7:00pm CDT.
Three of the best prospects in the Cubs system will participate in the game. Chris Carpenter and Trey McNutt were named to the pitching staff of the East squad and Junior Lake is the Cubs’ lone position player in the game. Andrew Cashner was also named to the East team but will not participate.
Theo Epstein spent some face time at City Hall with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and presented him with a Cubs jacket. And from Phil Rogers … Could Joe Maddon be on Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s list to become the Cubs next manager?
Well, there’s the update … and I’m sticking to it.
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