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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: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:18 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Even if they're asked--and the article says they haven't been--why would the Rays give permission for the Cardinals to interview Maddon (i.e., for him to make a lateral move), assuming he's under contract?  Is there some unstated assumption here that moving from the Rays to the Cardinals is somehow a step up?  You couldn't expect the Rays to admit that it is, could you?  The only way the Rays should give such permission is if they can reach agreement on the Cardinals compensating them.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:15 am

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Tito???  Sorry, but I think there's a HUGE difference between Tito Francona and Terry Francona ... not one in the same.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:11 pm

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

I believe Madden has stated that he is about to retire or very close to it.
The Rays are all he wants until that time

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:00 pm

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

How can you not consider a guy like Maddon?  Every year he gets a new team of unknown and castoff players, and every year he is in contention. 

Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:56 pm

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

I doubt Maddon would leave but why not at least talk to him. He is a great manager and LOVES the Cardinals.

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:48 pm

Cardinals start with Francona in manager search

Perfect fit. I'd love to see Tito land in a good situation.

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