The search for the next manager of the Chicago Cubs has already begun and according to the Tribune, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will interview a handful of candidates.
The Cubs are “looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success.” The Cubs next manager “must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standard and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.”
The mainstream media threw out several possible candidates to take over as skipper of the Chicago Cubs … Terry Francona, Dale Sveum, Sandy Alomar, Jr., Dave Martinez, Tim Bogar, Pete Mackanin, DeMarlo Hale, Joe Maddon and Mike Maddux. While Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer search for the right man to lead the big league team, Mike Quade’s coaching staff remains in limbo and have been told they are free to seek employment with other organizations. According to the Sun-Times, each coach will be evaluated with the ultimate decision being made by the Cubs’ new manager. Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode and Pat Listach are the only three coaches from Quade’s staff that are under contract through the 2012 season … the contracts of Bobby Dernier, Ivan DeJesus, Mark Riggins and Dave Keller expire this week.
According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are not focused on Terry Francona and it is unlikely they will go after an existing Major League manager. While Epstein’s connection and admiration of Joe Maddon is well documented, if Rosenthal is right, that would remove two of the nine names thrown out Wednesday by the mainstream media.
Rumblings about the Cubs possibly being interested in Dale Sveum and Mike Maddux began surfacing not long after Theo Epstein was officially in place … and both Sveum and Maddux appear to be near or at the top of the Cubs’ list.
Dale Sveum (born: November 23, 1963) played 862 games over 12 big league seasons with seven different organizations. Sveum has been on the Brewers’ coaching staff for the last six seasons and finished the 2008 season as Milwaukee’s manager after Ned Yost was fired. Sveum has served as hitting coach, third base coach and bench coach during his tenure with Milwaukee.
Sveum spent two seasons as third base coach for the Red Sox (2004-2005) and has been with the Brewers since October of 2005
Mike Maddux (born: August 27, 1961) pitched in 472 games over a 15-year big league career. Maddux, brother of Greg, pitched for nine different organizations (Phillies, Mets, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Expos, Pirates, Mariners and Astros) and finished with a 39-37 record with a 4.05 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.
Maddux served as pitching coach in Milwaukee from 2003-2008 before leaving for Texas. Maddux just finished his third season as Rangers’ pitching coach … two of which ended with losses in the Fall Classic. Before getting the big league gig in Milwaukee, Maddux was a pitching coach in the Astros’ organization from 2000-2002.
Tim Bogar (born: October 28, 1966) played in 701 games over nine seasons at the big league level for three different organizations (Mets, Astros and Dodgers). Bogar managed in Cleveland and Houston’s system for four seasons beginning in 2004 and compiled a 289-200 record. Baseball America named Bogar the best manager prospect in 2006.
The Chicago area native began his Major League coaching career with the Tampa Rays in 2008 (quality assurance coach). Bogar just finished his third season on Terry Francona’s staff. Bogar was the Red Sox first base coach in 2009 and spent the last two seasons as Boston’s third base coach.
Dave Martinez (born: September 26, 1964) played in 1919 games at the Major League level over 16 seasons … with a majority of three seasons coming in a Cubs’ uniform (1986-1988). The Cubs drafted Martinez in the third round of the 1983 draft.
Martinez has served as Rays’ bench coach over the last four seasons since being hired by Joe Maddon in October of 2007. Many thought Martinez would replace Ozzie Guillen on the South Side before Kenny Williams hired Robin Ventura.
Pete Mackanin (born: August 1, 1951) played nine seasons in the big leagues from 1973 through 1981 and the Chicago area native began his coaching career in the Cubs’ system. Many feel Mackanin will end up as the manager of the Red Sox once Boston completes their search.
Mackanin has served as the Phillies’ bench coach over the last three seasons and was the Reds interim manager in 2007 and the Pirates interim manager in 2005. Mackanin spent seven years as a coach at the big league level after 13 years managing in the minors. Mackanin was the Cubs minor league coordinator in 1987.
DeMarlo Hale (born: July 16, 1961) played five seasons at the minor league level in the Red Sox and A’s organizations. Hale’s playing career ended in 1988. The Chicago area native began his coaching career in the Red Sox organization in 1992 after spending four years as an instructor at Bucky Dent’s Baseball School in Boca Raton from 1989 to 1992.
Hale served as the Rangers’ first base coach and outfield coach from 2002-2005 prior to joining Terry Francona’s staff in Boston. Hale was the Red Sox third base coach from 2006-2009 and has served as Francona’s bench coach for the last two seasons after Brad Mills left for Houston.
Sandy Alomar, Jr.
The brother of Robbie and son of Sandy had the most accomplished big league career of any of the rumored candidates. Sandy Alomar, Jr. (born: June 18, 1966) played in 1377 games over 20 seasons in the majors and retired only four seasons ago (2007).
Alomar just finished his second season as a coach with the Cleveland Indians. Alomar was the Tribes’ first base coach in 2010 and 2011 and was recently named the Indians’ bench coach for 2012. According to ESPN Chicago, Alomar is “considered one of the best and brightest of the up-and-coming coaches.”
According to a report from Comcast SportsNet New England, the deadline for the Cubs and Red Sox to agree on a compensation package for Theo Epstein was extended at least a week … at least another week.
“With the managerial searches and whatnot, we just haven’t had a lot of time to spend on it. We’ll get a little more time and hopefully have more time to talk a little bit about it. It was mutually agreed upon that we’d give ourselves at least another week before we turn it over (to the commissoner’s office). If we don’t have something in a week, we’ll revisit and decide whether it makes sense to revisit it and extend it further. But right now, it’s at least another week.”
Stay Tuned … the search has just begun.
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