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Report: Cubs interview Eric Wedge for managerial spot

Aug 26, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine reports that Cubs GM Jim Hendry went to Cleveland Thursday for a face-to-face interview with ex-Indians manager Eric Wedge.
Wedge, the AL Manager of the Year in 2007, was fired by the Indians following the 2009 season. In seven seasons at the helm of the tribe, he compiled a 561-573 record.
Levine believes that Wedge is a top candidate to become the permanent replacement for Lou Piniella in Chicago. Also in the running is current interim manager Mike Quade. Others expected to get interviews include Triple-A Iowa manager and former Cubs superstar Ryne Sandberg, fired Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and Nationals coach Pat Listach.
The Cubs are not expected to name their new manager before the conclusion of the season.

  1. Ditto65 - Aug 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    The Cubby faithful will FLIP if Sandberg isn’t given serious consideration.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    What’s wrong with Wedge or Fat Fredi? I recycle too.

  3. Jess_Ball - Aug 26, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Is it possible the Cubs want to keep Sandberg as a minor-league manager for player-development? Wedge has proven himself as a manager, so long as he’s got the tools to work with. It could go the other way around, too. Wedge was a really good AAA manager. But, personality-wise, those two are fairly similar.
    I highly doubt you’d take a guy like Wedge and ask him to be a minor-league manager and promote Ryno. Still, not a horrible idea to try Eric out and let Sandberg help future players develop the fundamentals, so, when they come up, a play-off calibre manager will be right there.
    And maybe this is a leverage move, too. Throw his name in with Girardi’s, and throw in Fredi because the Braves have a desire to bring him on. Looks like some good competition, and a way for the public to accept the Cubs as a contending team. Chicago is showing a nice wide spectrum of candidates. This will be a pretty interesting off-season for a lot of teams, seeing there are at least 9 vacancies that need to be filled. But the Cubs will be the most interesting to observe.

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