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Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:29 pm
Sandy Alomar Jr.By C. Trent Rosecrans

The interviews, it seems, are done for the three managerial openings. The Cubs, Cardinals and Red Sox are all done with their first round of interviews and it appears the hirings could come relatively soon.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Cardinals' next manager will come from one of the six candidates the team interviewed. The Cardinals interviewed former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, Ryne Sandberg, third base coach Jose Oquendo, former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny, Triple-A manager Chris Maloney and White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing.

"I'm fairly confident that it will," Mozeliak told Goold when asked if the team's next manager would come from that list.

That does not mean there will not be further questions asked of any of those six, but it doesn't appear that a surprise candidate will emerge.

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer wasn't quite as definitive about his team's next manager coming from the list of four interviews that they have already conducted.

"I wouldn't guarantee that it is (the entire list), but we feel really good about the four guys we brought in," Hoyer told's Carrie Muskat. "We had four very good interviews. I wouldn't rule out an additional candidate, but it's not a certainty."

The team interviewed Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. on Friday. It has also interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.

The "additional candidate" could be Francona. Hoyer said Theo Epstein has already talked to Francona, and with the history between the two, a formal interview wouldn't be a necessity. There's also Rays manager Joe Maddon, who was the other finalist when Epstein hired Francona in Boston. Maddon's resume would certainly make an interview unnecessary, although the Cubs would have to work out a deal with the Rays for compensation -- something they've still been unable to accomplish with the Red Sox.

As far as Francona's successor in Boston, Alomar, Sveum and Mackanin have already interviewed with the Red Sox. Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo interviewed on Friday and Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont will interview on Saturday. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters after Louvullo's post-interview news conference that the team had no plans on bringing in additional candidates after interviewing Lamont on Saturday. He also added that the team had not been formally turned down by another other organization when seeking permission to interview candidates.

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Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 3:57 am

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

I'm reading Matheny in StL, Francona saying he wants to be in Chicago and absolutely nothing definitive about the SOX choice.
I'd prefer to see Jose Oquendo in StL. He has earned it.  However, Mozeliak knows what HE wants and that makes Matheny the odds on favorite.  Whatever.  The world won't end.  Spring will come and Cards fans will again buy over 3million overpriced tickets to experience the "Cardinal way" in a great baseball town.  Can't wait for the positions to be filled, the rosters developed and for play to begin anew in '12. Cool

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:21 am
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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:23 am

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox


If you're gonna get on someone's grammar you might want to make sure you can type grammatically correct first. Kinda makes you look stupid when you're talking about grammar and you can't spell.

It's like you got the brain of Homer Simpson or Peter Griffin but want people to think you're smart so you get on writers for their typing yet you can't even spell "seems". "seams" is not a word.

I always find it funny when the grammar geeks get on people's grammar yet they can't type themselves. They'll get on you for typing "U" instead of "you" yet they're typing "makeing" instead of "making".

But again my whole point in this is don't correct people's grammar if you make grammar mistakes yourself. Not only do you lose social points in real life for caring about grammar to begin with but you also look stupid to those you wanna look smart to.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:14 am

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

The St. Louis Cardinals can't go after Joe Maddon because he's under contract with the Tampa Bay Rays and it would cost them a fortune to get him. And I'm sure it would be more than their willing to pay.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:08 am

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:35 pm

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

OH! 46!

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:34 pm

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

Wassat mean, "I get a 47"...wth?

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:33 pm

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

Why couldn't the Cardinals go after Maddon??!!?

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