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Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:25 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:09 pm
FranconaBy Evan Brunell

The Cardinals begin a 10-day process to find Tony La Russa's successor as manager, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be among those interviewed, as will former Cubs great Ryne Sandberg, who was passed up for the Cubs job last season and will not be considered this year. The Cardinals received permission from Sandberg's employer, the Phillies, to interview for the Cardinals opening. Also joining Francona in interviews is longtime St. Louis third-base coach Jose Oquendo, who would be the best internal replacement.

Sources also say GM John Mozeliak will interview St. Louis Triple-A Chris Maloney, minor-league instructor and former Cardinal catcher Mike Matheny and White Sox coach Joe McEwing. Rays manager Joe Maddon is apparently not in play, with sources saying the club has not asked permission to interview Maddon. Maddon's bench coach, Dave Martinez, also has not received an invitation, although that could change. What Mozeliak will prioritize, along with chairman Bill DeWitt Jr., as the head the search committee, will be a good working relationship with Mozeliak and a track record of player development.

The Cards are hoping to name their manager by Nov. 14's GM meetings, which is a more aggressive timetable than Boston has laid out for its own search. The Red Sox have interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers bench coach Dale Sveum, the latter interviewing on Wednesday. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington wants a new manager by Thanksgiving. Cubs GM Theo Epstein fired Mike Quade on Wednesday, so he is entering his own search as well.

"They know what they're doing," outgoing manager Tony La Russa said on Wednesday, saying he would only offer his opinion if asked. "I expect they'll make a sound choice."

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Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:10 pm

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

I like Oquendo, he has been under La Russa for years, He has the respect of the players already, and if he gets the job Pujols will def stay

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:25 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Good post Soba : Ryne Sanberg is a CUB . he is a die hard CUB he wants to coach the Cubs not there Rival . Cubs fans are screaming for Sandberg . WHY WHY WHY ? would there rival sign him as a coach . the cubbies do everythign wrong and Epstein might change the culture and get them on the right track and he will start with dispelling the Bartman blame . However will you wonder f Sandberg makes a poor pitching change against the Cubs in a pivotal game ? HMM is this a setup ? or what about the Nick Saban move .. oh i am leaving let me send my best WR ( Wes Welker ) to my good buddy and mentor Bill Beleicheck and patriots  before i leave the door :for peanuts and dog and poney show 

RYNE SANDBERG IS A CUB . its like Don Mattingly coaching the Red Sox . dont create the doubt in your head for a second  

Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:19 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

REBEL YES ! Joe Maddon is a Cardinals Fan and is a perfect fit . First Francona I do not agree with with his strong Phillies ties next season i would not be surpised if it came down to Phillies Cardinals again and I dont want to hear a press conference of how much " tito " respects the phillies . one thing about TLR he paid his respects but there was NEVER a doubt who he wants to win and would not be " okay " like Tito would be if the Phils won and aimed for revenge.  

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:08 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Personally don't want to see an AL coach come to the cardinals. We play so much small ball, I'd feel more comfortable with an inside hire or someone with more NL experience. This is a loaded roster if Albert comes back and we need to win as many WS titles now as possible so we need to find a guy who can maximize this lineup. Also, can't believe I read Little Mac is getting an interview!!

Since: Aug 10, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:39 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

I like the idea of Oquendo as the manager.  He knows the team (as a player and coach), has a great mind for the game, and is a hometown hero.  Plus, the Cards would give the helm to a Latino manager, something seriously lacking in all of baseball.

Having said that, I think they will give the job to someone with managing experience.  Sandberg would be amazing considering he did a hell of a job with Cubs minor leaguers.  It would be a serious kick in the can to the Cubs organization after the drastic oversight of not giving him the team last year.  Can you imagine, "Hey Cubbies, not only did we win the World Series last year but we took one of your icons and made him our own."  That would be hilarious.

Seacrest out.

Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:02 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

I would like Maddan over all these guys above. He works well with young talent . He wants to win and STL is a proven City for winning Baseball.I hope TB lets him talk to STL as it would be a prefect fit

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:40 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

As an avid listener of 101.1 ESPN here in St Louis, the Cardinals would be very happy to talk to Maddon, if there were any sign of mutual interest.  Maddon (according to TB beatwriters who have appeared on the radio) loves the Cardinals as they were his team growing up...his favorite player is also Bob Gibson.  He's just so happy with his situation with the Rays that he doesn't want to leave.  It's not a slight against St Louis in any way, just very happy where he currently is.

Francona makes me nervous.  I see the results: two rings in Boston after years without.  He's also a "player's manager", for whatever that's worth.  But, I'd rather have Oquendo, Sandberg, or Matheny over Francona.  Just something about Francona doesn't sit right.  I can't qualify it in any way, just a gut feeling.

There would be something poetic about Sandberg getting the job in St. Louis, a lifelong Cub, and having a Cardinals jersey!!  That being said, I'm rooting for Oquendo.  I'm not necessarily saying he's the best man for the job as I have no talent in evaluating managerial talent, but from a personal level I'd like to see Jose get it...though I would be almost as happy with Matheny. 

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:47 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

i think oquendo finally gets the position he has long deserved and pujols re-ups w/ the redbirds. francona lost all control of the red sox locker-room and is a very risky pick.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:04 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Thats funny Argo.  If you are stating that the Rays to the Cardinals is not a step up, perhaps you should bury the sour grapes.  The compensation arugument is a fair point.  I don't want to hear any type of defense on your part though.  Your comment is mindless Philly drivel.  Joe Maddon or anyone else interviewing would be lucky to have the St. Louis job.  I don't need to go into the history or 3 million fans every year or an upper echelon payroll (We have seen what 150 million plus gets you).  You have no leg to stand on.  I dont care about Division Titles.  Eleven World Championships to your Two (Three since 1980 to your 1).  Rays or Cardinals?  Give me a break.  

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:26 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Harry not to be mean here but Terry is known as Tito.  Your obviously not familiar with him or Boston to much.  Tito was his father but that is what Terry is called.

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