The Cubs have already interviewed A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta for the skipper’s job and reportedly Rick Renteria is next in line for a meeting with the Cubs’ brass. The Cubs will also ask the Rays for permission to interview Dave Martinez, and the former Cub could also receive a sit down with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer next week. But after losing out on Joe Girardi, is there a frontrunner to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs?
According to Jon Heyman, the Cubs “appear to be honing in on a very short list of serious candidates” but “Cubs people will not label anyone as a favorite yet.” Heyman explained, as earlier reported, that the Cubs could add a name or two to their original list of managerial candidates in the coming days.
Rick Renteria, the current Padres’ bench coach, will receive an interview next week according to multiple reports and some even feel he is an early frontrunner for the job. Renteria has ties to Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod from their days together in the Padres’ organization. Plus, Renteria is known as an excellent communicator with a very good reputation of working with, as well as developing, young players.
Patrick Mooney reported that a profile of what Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking for in the next Cubs’ manager has emerged. According to Mooney, “the Cubs are looking for a bilingual teacher who can develop young players. From All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro to minor league player of the year Javier Baez to $30 million Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, this clubhouse will be filled with important Latin players in 2014 and beyond. There’s X-factor outfielder Junior Lake, building-block catcher Welington Castillo and projected Triple-A Iowa infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Christian Villanueva.”
According to Mooney’s report, “if the next manager doesn’t speak Spanish, his bench coach most certainly will.”
The Cubs are expected to ask the Tampa Bay Rays for permission to interview Joe Maddon’s bench coach, Dave Martinez. Martinez has been with Tampa for the past six seasons learning from what many call the best manager in the game.
Martinez does not have managerial experience but knows what it is like wearing a Cubs’ uniform. The Cubs selected Martinez in the third round of the 1983 draft and he made his big league debut three years later. Martinez had two stints with the Cubs, the first from 1986 to 1988 until he was traded to the Montreal Expos for Mitch Webster. The Cubs acquired Martinez from the Devil Rays in May of 2000 for Mark Guthrie and cash then dealt him to the Rangers in June of the same year for Brant Brown.
Dave Martinez is only 49 years old and he aspires to manage in the majors one day.
Alomar Jr., Maddux and Maddux
According to Patrick Mooney, if the Cubs were interested in speaking with Sandy Alomar Jr. about the managerial opening again, that is no longer the case. Mooney reported on Thursday night that Alomar Jr. can be crossed off the Cubs’ list. As reported, Terry Francona moved Alomar Jr. to first base coach after the Indians season came to an end and replaced him with Brad Mills. Mooney reported that Francona’s move is “sign the Cubs think he’s not ready to move into the manager’s office yet.”
Greg Maddux told Kaplan that he wants to have time to be with his family in the summer. Mike Maddux is interested in the Cubs’ job but might not receive another interview.
Other Managerial and Coaching Notes
According to Patrick Mooney, “there is a small chance the Cubs could ask to interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.”
Bruce Levine joined David Kaplan Thursday night on his radio show (720 WGN) and reported the front office has already interviewed numerous coaches for the open positions on the big league staff and a few of those coaches will be recommended to the new manager. David Kaplan reported the front office would like Chris Bosio back as the team’s pitching coach.
Oakland A’s bench coach Chip Hale is not viewed as a candidate for the Cubs’ job.
Regardless of what he says publicly, Ozzie Guillen is not a candidate to be the Cubs’ next manager.
Stay tuned for updates on The Cubs’ Skipper Search …