Tag:managerial news
Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:33 am

Farrell a candidate in Toronto

John Farrell Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell "has surfaced as a possible managerial candidate for the Blue Jays," Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reports .

However, Elliott writes he doesn't know if Farrell has been interviewed.

Farrell, 48, has served as Terry Francona's pitching coach since 2006.

The Jays could interview as many as 15 candidates, it has been reported.

Former big-league managers Don Baylor, Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin have been interviewed.

Elliott's had fun throwing out names for the Blue Jays' job the last couple of days, throwing out Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin's name on Monday. I talked to Mackanin on Sunday and he said he hasn't gotten any calls from teams yet, and hasn't heard about any team hoping to interview him. Mackanin, a former interim manager in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, would be a good choice for any team, but would certainly fit in Toronto. A former Expos infielder, Mackanin's wife is Canadian.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .

Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm

Report: Macha out in Milwaukee

Ken Macha Ken Macha is out in Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt reports .

Haudricourt cites "sources familiar with the Brewers' plans" as telling him the team will not pick up the 2011 option on Macha's contract. The team is expected to make it official on Monday.

The Brewers went 77-85 this season and 80-82 in 2009.

After Sunday's loss to the Reds, Macha said he hadn't been told if he'd be back.

"That's totally out of my control," Macha said. "It's not my decision."

UPDATE: Macha confirms to the Associated Press that he's gone.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .

Category: MLB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 8:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Quade doesn't know when he'll interview

Mike Quade Mike Quade hasn't interviewed for the Cubs' managing position yet and doesn't know when that interview will take place.

Quade was given the interim position over bench coach Allan Trammell because he was considered a candidate for the full-time position and he's certainly done nothing to disappoint since.

General manager Jim Hendry is keeping his mouth shut about the selection process -- not just to the press apparently, but to Quade, as well.

"I really am in day-to-day mode," Quade told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan . "I'll manage here these three days and finish up. I'm in no worry to leave Chicago. I do want to catch a fish, but I'll be there several days. I've talked so much about the process, that process will take care of itself, too. I'm flexible as can be.

"When that conversation happens, if anyone needs me, I'm always available, whether I'm in Florida or whether I'm in Chicago."

Quade was considered a longshot when he took over the club. After leading the team to a 22-12 recur since taking over, he's become a favorite, along with Cubs legend Ryne Sanberg.

The Cubs have said they'd like a manager in place before the organizational meetings begin the first week of November.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .

Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:53 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Ricketts discusses future Cubs manager

Tom Ricketts If you want to manage the Cubs, you must understand that you're doomed to fail. Or at least that's what new owner Tom Ricketts said on Thursday.

At a lunch panel in Chicago, Ricketts said any manager would have to understand what makes being the Cubs manager different than any other job.

"We have to have a manager who really understands what it is to be the Cubs manager, the pressure, the scrutiny you get and be able to handle those periods in June when you lose three games in a row and people start talking about Year 103 of the curse," Ricketts said, according to the Chicago Tribune . "We have to have someone who understands what they're getting into."

That would seem to be a good sign for Ryne Sandberg -- or Sisyphus.

Ricketts also said he wanted a manager who is willing to coach the fundamentals and is committed to a long-term future in Chicago.

"I think that we're going to bring in someone who has in their mind that this is their job and their position forever," Ricketts said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .

Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Wedge interviews for Cubs gig

Add Eric Wedge to the list of candidates for the open Chicago Cubs managerial position.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had dinner with Wedge last night and spent all day with him today in a "thorough interview process."

Wedge becomes the second "known" candidate, along with interim manager Mike Quade. Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame Cubs second baseman and current Triple-A manager, has thrown his name into the ring and it's assumed he'll be a candidate. Other names thought to be in contention are former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Nationals coach Pat Listach. Listach interviewed for the job in 2006, as did Girardi.

It's not surprising the Cubs are moving this fast on their decision, but still don't expect any final choice anytime soon. If Girardi is a legitimate candidate and if they do have real interest, he's unlikely to have much time before late October to go through a similar "thorough interview process."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed .

Posted on: August 22, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Trammell not a candidate for Cubs gig

Alan Trammell Apparently Alan Trammell failed his audition with the Cubs.

With Lou Piniella retiring after today's game, the team has announced Mike Quade as the team's interim manager.

Quade is the team's third base coach, while Trammell serves as the bench coach. Trammell had served as the team's manager during several absences by Pinella this season. So why is Quade taking over full-time on Monday?

Because he's a candidate for the full-time gig and Trammell's not, general manager Jim Hendry told reporters (via the Chicago Sun-Times ).

"Alan's terrific and an outstanding coach," Hendry said. "The last few weeks I've made the decision Alan won't be a candidate for the managerial job. He understood. The decision I made is if he wasn't going to be the manager, we'd be better served not having him be managing the rest of the year."

Quade joined Piniella's staff in 2007 after serving as the manager at Triple-A Iowa from 2003-06.

Trammell managed the Tigers from 2003-05 and went 186-300, including an American League-record 119-loss season in his first year with Detroit.

Ryne Sandberg Trammell is similar to the person many think is the leader to take over the Cubs next season -- Ryne Sandberg.

Both were beloved players and arguably had Hall of Fame careers (Sandberg is in, Trammell is not, and there are good arguments on either side).

Sandberg is currently the manager in Iowa and leading the team to the playoffs. He's paid his dues managing, working his way up in the Cubs system from Class A Peoria in 2007, to Double-A Tennessee in 2009 and Iowa this season.

Trammell had served as a major league coach before taking over the Tigers, but hadn't managed before taking over the Tigers.

Would Cubs fans be quick to turn on one of their legends? Or would they give him the benefit of the doubt before turning on him? In the end, would it hurt his legacy as one of the team's all-time greats? If he doesn't get the job, Cubs fans may be equally upset.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.

Posted on: August 10, 2010 5:30 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Ozzie Smith endorses Sandberg as manager

Ozzie Smith If the Chicago Cubs want to take some advice from a St. Louis Cardinal on who should succeed Lou Piniella, shortstop Ozzie Smith has the name: Ryne Sandberg.

"He has paid his dues. He has been a standup citizen. He is a Hall of Famer," Smith told the Quad-City Times . "I don't know exactly what it is they are looking for, but I think it should be a no-brainer."

Sandberg managed Class A Peoria for two seasons starting in 2007 then was elevated to Double-A for 2009 and is now helming Triple-A Iowa.

"Wouldn't it be great if he were to come back and get that franchise into prominence and, who knows, win a world championship?" Smith said. "Wouldn't that be a great story?"

Sure, but it'll be great no matter who's in the dugout.

Sandberg is fast becoming the popular choice to take over the team, although GM Jim Hendry plans to interview a bevy of candidates who will provide stiff competition. ESPNChicago.com noted that Hendry will interview over 15 candidates.

Some names include former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach  and Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who is slated to have his contract expire after the year. Girardi's predecessor in New York, Joe Torre, has also been linked heavily to the Cubs gig along with Cubs announcer and ex-Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly, Padres bench coach Ted Simmons (who is drawing the eye of the Marlins) and constant candidate Bobby Valentine.

-- Evan Brunell

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.

Posted on: August 4, 2010 1:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm

Dempsey thinks Orioles gig should have been his

Rick Dempsey There's at least one person who thinks Baltimore erred in hiring Buck Showalter -- MASN broadcaster Rick Dempsey.

"I'm very, very disappointed," Dempsey told the Baltimore Sun about not winning out for the job of Orioles skipper. Dempsey has now whiffed in four managerial interviews -- previously losing out to Mike Hargrove, Sam Perlozzo and Dave Trembley.

The difference with Showalter is that Dempsey doesn't feel as if he was snubbed in the process.

"Of all of the managers I have gone up against in the interviewing process, he is probably the highest qualified of all of them, Dempsey said, perhaps ignoring Hargrove's successful run with the Indians that saw the team come within an out of winning the 1997 World Series. "No doubt in my mind [Showalter] can turn this around, but he still doesn't know what I know about this ballclub. But I am at least happy to lose out to someone so qualified for the job."

Dempsey isn't thrilled that an Orioles icon (himself) hasn't gotten a chance at the job, despite knowing more about the club than anyone else -- his words.

"I think it is probably the biggest mistake made here in a long time, and I'm not talking just today, I mean over the years," Dempsey said in quite the comment. "Not being given an opportunity to manage this ballclub. Every organization in baseball would like to have someone who has won, who has played in the World Series for the organization, who has learned to manage from A ball up and come back here. I think with the relationship I have had with the fans and this city, I should have been a slam-dunk years ago. Someone dropped the ball a long time ago."

Dempsey spent 12 total years with Baltimore, coming up with the Twins and spending four years in Minnesota. He then went to the Yankees in 1973 and was dealt to Baltimore in 1976 where he established himself as a full-time player. He left after 1986 and continued his career as a journeyman, ending it as a 42-year-old back in Baltimore for nine at-bats in 1992. In those 12 seasons with Baltimore over 4,105 plate appearances, he hit .239/.319/.355, mostly behind the dish -- which is where his value was. He was known as one of the best defensive catchers of his era, winning the 1979 AL pennant and the 1983 World Series -- and won the MVP award in the latter. Dempsey would tack on another ring to his resume, winning again with the Dodgers in 1998 as a bench player behind Mike Scioscia.

Dempsey then became a skipper, managing in the Dodgers organization before moving onto the Mets. He then served as first-base coach for the O's for seven seasons, moved to third base in 2005 and split 2006 between the bullpen and first base. The 60-year-old then joined MASN in 2007.

Despite the whiffs, Dempsey isn't ruling out another chase for the managerial job even though he's getting a bit long in the tooth. And how does he feel about having missed out four times so far?

"Well, it's not the first time I have gone 0-for-4," he joked.

-- Evan Brunell

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com