Tag:Dale Sveum
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Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux has withdrawn from consideration from the Red Sox manager's job, the Red Sox announced.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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Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:38 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Report: Boston unlikely to hire a current manager

Ben CheringtonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Although there have been whispers about the Red Sox trying to hire Toronto manager John Farrrell to replace departed manager Terry Francona, the Boston Herald reports that it's a "longshot" the Red Sox would hire a current manager.

The Blue Jays changed a policy allowing its employees to interview for any opening, meaning Farrell won't be a candidate in Boston. But if the team isn't going to hire a sitting manager, that means the Rays' Joe Maddon, Padres' Bud Black and Indians' Manny Acta are out as well.

The Herald lists the Blue Jays' Don Wakamatsu, Dodgers' Tim Wallach, Indians' Sandy Alomar Jr., Phillies' Pete Mackanin, Brewers' Dale Sveum and Yankees' Tony Pena as possible candidates. Of those names, only Wakamatsu and Pena have held full-time managerial positions before. Mackanin has twice been an interim manager.

During his news conference on Tuesday, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters he expects to begin interview soon and has a list of candidates. He did say the team would like previous managerial experience, but wouldn't require it.

"Previous managerial experience would be a benefit, but we're not going to put ourselves in a box by requiring that," Cherington said. "We'll certainly consider those that have previous managerial experience, but also those who don't. We need the right person. I don't think we can afford to put ourselves in any sort of box in our effort to find the right person."

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Pirates down to 2 for manager

The Pirates are down to Clint Hurdle and Jeff Banister as their next manager, Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets .

On Tuesday, the Pirates received permission to interview Hurdle, deemed the favorite by Heyman.

The Pirates have led one of the most transparent manager searches in recent memory, announcing each of their interviews after the fact. So far, the team has interviewed Eric Wedge (hired by the Mariners), John Gibbons, Dale Sveum, Carlos Tosca, Bo Porter, Ken Macha and Banister.

Banister has spent 25 years in the Pirates organization as a player and coach on both the major and minor league levels. He played one game in the majors, for the Pirates on July 23, 1991. He pinch-hit and singled in his only big-league at-bat.

Banister has managed in the organization and served as the team's interim bench coach last season after Gary Varsho was fired.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:00 pm
 

Sveum out of Brewers, Pirates manager races

Dale Sveum The Brewers announced Saturday night that Dale Sveum has agreed to a two-year deal to remain the team's hitting coach -- that means he won't be the manager in Milwaukee or Pittsburgh.

Sveum was interviewed by the Pirates and in signing his new deal with the Brewers, was told he wouldn't be the manager in Milwaukee.

"If I can't be a manager somewhere, there's nowhere else I'd rather be," Sveum told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .

The Brewers manager will inherit his hitting coach and pitching coach, as Rick Peterson has one year remaining on a two-year deal.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team would look outside for its next manager. According to the Journal Sentinel , the team has paired a list of 10 down to four for secon interviews. Bob Melvin and Joey Cora are among the finalists, while Washington bench coach Pat Listach has been told he is no longer a candidate.

From the beginning, Bob Melvin has been seen as the favorite -- despite the potential confusing over a manager and general manager with the same surname.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:58 pm
 

Brewers trim manager list to four

Bob Melvin The GM and managerial races are nearing an end, with many teams having either announced their new leaders or on the verge of doing so.

One such team is the Brewers, who narrowed the field of candidates to four after concluding the first round of interviews.

The list, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , is being kept confidential but GM Doug Melvin did reveal he interviewed eight candidates and plans to knock the list down to four.

"We're narrowing the names down," said Melvin. "There are a lot of qualified people out there, guys with major-league experience and some without major-league experience. We're getting close [to doing a second round]. It'll probably be four guys."

Melvin would not confirm any candidates that interviewed, but reports have listed six:
  • White Sox bench coach Joey Cora,
  • Nationals third base coach Pat Listach,
  • Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke,
  • Dodgers Triple-A manager Tim Wallach, who will coach third base for the Dodgers if not hired as manager elsewhere,
  • Eric Wedge, just hired to skipper Seattle, and
  • ex-Mariners and Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin (pictured), thought to be the favorite.
Given Melvin revealed he has interviewed eight, that leaves two others as unknowns. Bobby Valentine did speak with the team about the position, but it was informal and was not an actual interview. Melvin also spoke with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who he has already ruled out.

That's not to mention that the list above might be inaccurate.

"Some of the names [reported] are right and some aren't right," said Melvin. He did, however, add that there aren't any names under consideration that are currently involved in the postseason.

Melvin expects the process to take another seven to 10 days, meaning no decision will be made until after the World Series.

-- Evan Brunell

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