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Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:06 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Sveum hired as Cubs manager

By Matt Snyder

UPDATE: 2:35 p.m. ET, Cubs have named Sveum the new manager. He'll be officially announced Friday in Chicago.

Original story below.

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Before we dive into this, let's first take a deep breath and realize nothing is official and most of this is speculation. OK? Good. Now let's move on.

Several signs point to the Cubs hiring Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum to be their next manager. First of all, multiple outlets have reported all week that both the Cubs and Red Sox had Sveum toward the top of their list. The Cubs also had Mike Maddux as one of the favorites, per multiple reports. Keep those two items in mind and factor in the following:

1. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Maddux is likely out of the running for the job due to family concerns. It had previously been reported that Maddux was unsure if he wanted to move his family from Texas.

2. Several outlets -- including Jon Heyman of SI.com -- have reported that the Red Sox are now going to expand their managerial search and start interviewing candidates who haven't previously been interviewed.

3. CBSSports.com's own Scott Miller is now reporting that Sveum has been offered the Cubs' job.

Do the math. The Cubs had two frontrunners. One dropped out. The Red Sox had a reported frontrunner but are now seemingly starting over just as the Cubs have reportedly offered Sveum the job. If we connect the dots here, Sveum will soon be named the Cubs manager. But things can always change and, again, it's best to remember this isn't official by any stretch.

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Posted on: November 11, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Manager interviews finishing for Cubs, Cards, Sox

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 MLB.com'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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Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:03 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:31 pm
 

Maddux brothers a possibility for Cubs?

By Matt Snyder

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux interviewed for the Chicago Cubs' managerial opening Wednesday, and by many accounts it went very well. In fact, "he hit it out of the park," according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Sandy Alomar Jr. will interview with the new Cubs brain trust Friday while Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum are also said to be in the mix (and there could be more, of course). But let's focus on Maddux for a second. Namely because of his last name and the connection to the Cubs.

As pretty much any baseball fan with a brain knows, Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He spent parts of 10 seasons with the Cubs, twice making the All-Star team and winning one Cy Young. His number 31 is retired (jointly, with Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins) by the Cubs. And many, including humble ol' me, believe Greg Maddux would make an outstanding pitching coach.

Mike Maddux was asked Wednesday by reporters about possibly bringing his little brother along (Mike is 50, Greg is 45) should he be hired as the Cubs next manager. Mike acknowledged the two did discuss such a scenario and wouldn't say Greg was not a possibility.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
‘‘We talked about it, yeah,’’ Mike said. ‘‘Sure did.’’

Their conclusion?

‘‘That’s kind of a private family matter,’’ he said.

Given multiple chances to rule out a Maddux family reunion should he get the job, Mike didn’t.

‘‘It’s family stuff that we should probably keep to ourselves,’’ said Mike, who also said Greg was one of the first calls he made after he was asked to interview.
Insert the famous line from Dumb and Dumber: "So you're telling me there's a chance ... "

Now, Mike hasn't even been offered the job and we aren't sure he would definitely take it if offered (though it seems likely, considering he pulled out of a scheduled interview with the Red Sox and still interviewed with the Cubs). But if he is named manager, it's worth discussing what kind of a job the Maddux brothers could do with the Cubs pitching staff in 2012 and beyond. They represent two of the best pitching minds this side of Dave Duncan and would surely prove a huge boost to the pitching staff assembled by Theo Epstein and company. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com -- who had stints as both the Reds and Nationals GM -- tweets that there is "strong sentiment" that Cubs' brass feels its best team in the dugout would be the Maddux brothers.

This is purely speculative on my part, but the biggest question with Greg might be whether or not he wants to have such a hands-on job. He's been a "special assistant" to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry the past two seasons, but being a pitching coach would require much more consistent hours. According to his Baseball-Reference page, Greg Maddux made more than $150 million in his playing career. So he doesn't need money. It seems like being in that situation, any job would be merely to escape boredom. Being pitching coach for the Cubs is a pressure-packed job for at least eight months of the year and requires work every single day throughout the entire summer. It's certainly no hobby. Would he really want such a strenuous job?

If anyone could convince him to do so, maybe it's his big brother -- if Mike even gets that chance. Stay tuned.

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Posted on: November 7, 2011 4:24 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Maddux withdraws name from Boston's manager list

Mike MadduxBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has withdrawn from consideration from the Red Sox manager's job, the Red Sox announced. He was scheduled to interview on Tuesday.

Maddux was reportedly scheduled to interview with the Cubs this week, as well, and could be the favorite to land that job. That perception is unlikely to change after this development.

The Red Sox have also interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. The Cubs have already interviewed Mackanin and were scheduled to interview Sveum on Monday.

The Red Sox are also scheduled to interview Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., as well.

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Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:58 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Francona on Epstein's list of possible managers?

By Matt Snyder

While the Cubs' new braintrust of president Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer, head of scouting Jason McLeod and assistant general manager Randy Bush (a holdover from the Jim Hendry administration) mull over candidates to replace the recently fired Mike Quade, one obvious name in rumors former Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

"Tito and I have spoken regularly since the end of the season," Epstein told ESPNChicago.com. "We actually spoke today. We are going to sit down together and see if it's a fit."

So that seemed to fan the flames. Then again, Jon Heyman of SI.com reports there is "very little" chance (even saying to read that as "no" chance) Epstein hires Francona and that he was only being polite with the above statement.

Multiple reports have noted that Epstein isn't planning on interviewing Francona because he doesn't need to -- as that was his only manager in Boston. Epstein hired Francona prior to the 2004 season to replace Grady Little, and Francona compiled 744 wins in eight seasons. He took the Red Sox to the playoffs five times, winning the AL pennant twice and the World Series twice.

Given the Cubs' need to change the entire culture in Wrigley Field and produce a more disciplined system, hiring Francona probably wouldn't be the best idea. After the Red Sox collapse and the revelations about the locker room following the season, it would seem to be a bad PR hire. Thus, I'm inclined to believe Heyman.

The Cubs are reportedly going to interview Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. They will not interview Cubs' Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

Don't expect an answer until sometime next week, because Maddux has laryngitis and had to postpone his interviews until he can speak (Fox Sports Southwest). Until then, expect to see more speculation on a Francona-Epstein reunion, and I'd advise ignoring it.

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Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:48 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Maddux, Alomar to interview for Cubs, Red Sox

Mike MadduxBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux will interview for both the openings with the Cubs and the Red Sox, Texas general manger Jon Daniels told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Maddux is one of a number of candidates being considered by both teams. Dale Sveum and Pete Mackanin have already interviewed with the Red Sox and are also expected to interview with the Cubs. Cubs president Theo Epstein confirmed Thursday that both Mackanin and Maddux will interview for the job in Chicago. Both teams are reportedly interested in Sandy Alomar Jr., as well. WEEI.com reported Alomar, the Indians bench coach, will interview in Boston next week.

Maddux joined the Rangers as pitching coach before the 2009 season after six seasons in the same capacity with the Brewers.

"Mike is in a key role for us and has had a prominent hand in our success the past few years," Daniels told the Star-Telegram. "But this is a unique opportunity to discuss a coveted position with two storied franchises, and we believe in allowing our people to pursue opportunities that they're interested in. It reflects well both on Mike and our organization that he's under consideration."

It should be of little surprise that there is a lot of overlap between the two lists, as Epstein had a hand in drawing up both.

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Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:11 pm
 

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Since the end of the season, there's been the assumption that Mike Quade would be out as the Cubs manager and he'd be replaced by Ryne Sandberg. Everything seemed to be playing out that way this offseason when Theo Epstein was hired by the Cubs and never really gave the impression that Quade would return.

The Cubs made the first part official on Wednesday, but made a question of the second part in a release the team sent out saying Quade would not return in 2012. While Sandberg would be a natural fit, Epstein's quote in the release gives some pause:

"The managerial search process begins immediately.  We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success.  The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level."

That means Sandberg -- who has spent the last five years as a minor league manager -- won't be considered. According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, Epstein has alerady informed Sandberg that he wasn't in consideration.

If Sandberg isn't a candidate, who will manage the Cubs in 2012?

Here's a look at some of the possibilities:

Terry Francona: Francona will always be tied to Epstein. The two had success in Boston and there's definitely a mutual admiration. Epstein has gobbled up former Red Sox cronies since joining the Cubs, what's one more?

Dave Martinez: The Rays' bench coach is one of the hottest names when manager positions have opened up -- and he's got a Chicago connection. Martinez had two stints with the Cubs, breaking in with the organization in 1986 before being traded to Montreal. He also played there in 2000.

Pete Mackanin: A Chicago native, Mackanin has already interviewed for the Red Sox job and in addition to serving as the Phillies' bench coach in each of the last three seasons, Mackanin has twice been an interim manager -- and both of those stints came in the NL Central, with the Pirates and Reds.

Dale Sveum: Like Mackanin, Sveum is being interviewed in Boston. And it shouldn't be a surprise that there will be overlap in candidates between the two, since Epstein was involved in rounding up the candidates for the Red Sox manager position. The two organizations will have similar lists when looking for its next manager. Sveum spent two years as the Red Sox third base coach and impressed the Boston brass (including Epstein) before returning to Milwaukee where he has served as third base coach, bench coach and hitting coach under three different managers.

DeMarlo Hale: Hale's been on Boston's staff since 2006, including the last two as Francona's bench coach. Hale is a Chicago native.

Tim Bogar: Like Hale, Bogar's also been on Francona's staff in Boston, serving as the team's third base coach the last two seasons and the first base coach in 2009. He also worked for Joe Maddon in Tampa. He's also managed in the Cleveland and Houston minor league organizations.

Mike Maddux: Not only is Maddux a respected pitching coach, he also happens to be the brother of a Greg Maddux, who is beloved by the Ricketts and has served in the Cubs front office. 

Joe Maddon: Maddon was a finalist for the Red Sox job when Epstein hired Francona. While Maddon has said he's not interested in going anywhere, there's always a chance. 

John Farrell: Sure, the Blue Jays put on a full-court press to keep him away from the Red Sox, but maybe they'll be more open to let him talk to a team outside the American League East. Farrell's son is currently a pitcher at Northwestern.

Joe Girardi: Girardi's name is always going to be connected to the Cubs job when it's open, even if there's little-to-no chance he leaves the Yankees at this point.

Bobby Valentine: His name comes up with just about every opening nowadays, so why not one more?

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