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Cardinals’ candidates include Terry Francona, Ryne Sandberg

Nov 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

Following up on yesterday’s news that the Cardinals asked for and were granted the Phillies’ permission to interview Triple-A manager Ryne Sandberg to fill Tony La Russa’s shoes Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll be one of “fewer than 10″ candidates for the job.

According to Strauss the Cardinals are hoping to decide on La Russa’s successor within the next 10 days and in addition to Sandberg other candidates include third base coach Jose Oquendo and former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, plus Chris Maloney, Joe McEwing, and Mike Matheny.

Two very important factors are Albert Pujols‘ and pitching coach Dave Duncan’s willingness to stick around, which is why David Eckstein suggested earlier this week that the Cardinals should hire Oquendo.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Not exactly the distiguished list I’d hoped for but a start to the process nonetheless.

    Bright siding it, at least there was no mention of Bobby Valentine…

    • paperlions - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      I would rather them hire a first-time manager than a re-tread, and (for multiple reasons) I would rather they hire a guy under 45 than an older one.

      • bgrubb - Nov 3, 2011 at 5:59 PM

        TLR was a “re-tread” and that worked out alright… just sayin.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    IF they go outside of their house my monies on Sandburg.

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    sorry again pardon the typo… “Sandberg”

  4. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Trying to decide if anything can be read into either side that Francona isn’t being linked to the Cubs job at all.

  5. lovesmesomeme - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    TLR and moe the bartender say they want the little Latin guy who coaches third base, Jose something or other to get the job

  6. chadh88 - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    I like Little Mac and Matheny, but not for the manager job. They would be nice to have on the staff somewhere though.

  7. yankeesfanlen - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Francona allows Bud Light in the locker room, so ownership changes or not…………

  8. vanmorrissey - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Oquendo is the logical choice since he’s paid his dues in house and knows the team. Francona would be nice but that might be unreal expectations, following LaRussa and a World Series winner.

  9. stlouis1baseball - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Just promote Oquendo and get it done already so we can move on. It’s driving me nuts.
    PROMOTE OQUENDO!

    • 78mu - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

      If they can’t get the guy all the way down in Tampa they need look no further than the guy standing 90 feet from home plate.

    • ms72lbc - Nov 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      Agreed, STL. I don’t understand the purpose of this charade. It can’t be doing much for Jose’s feelings about the Cardinal organization.

  10. pisano - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    That would be a great replacement, Francona got jobbed in Boston. The guys a good manager and class all the way, I hope he gets the nod.

    • paperlions - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

      They could do worse than Francona….it just feels like Oquendo has put in his time and deserves a shot….hiring someone else would just feel wrong, and would certainly mean he was gone from the organization….which would suck.

      • okwhitefalcon - Nov 3, 2011 at 6:50 PM

        Francona definitely has some appeal, no doubt.

        That said, the ordeal in Boston was just so ugly I’m not sure if he’s the guy who would command the respect necessary in that clubhouse.

        I love Oquendo but he’s 48 and has interviewed for 3 other big league clubs with no offer.
        Matheny has alot of organizational appeal but he’s never done anything coaching wise beyond spring training and I’m not ready for the keys of the Cardinals to be handed off to Sandberg or McEwing.

        This will definitely be interesting to watch shake out, it’s (beyond resigning Albert) the biggest decision Dewitt will make in his tenure as owner.

        He better not fuck it up….

      • paperlions - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:59 PM

        I sure as hell hope that DeWitt isn’t making the decision….somebody that knows something about baseball should be making such decisions….that is why owners hire GMs and such.

      • okwhitefalcon - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:21 PM

        Dewitt’s on “the committee” and holds the purse strings so it’s a safe bet he’s gonna have final say – especially when we’re talking about the difference in cost between Francona and the cost of one of the other non experienced guys mentioned.

      • paperlions - Nov 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM

        Smart owners stay out of the way….the more the Red Sox owners become involved, the more screwed up they become….when Steinbrenner was most involved with Yankee decisions, they sucked….Angelos has screwed up the Orioles, Loria continues to screw up the Marlins….the more any owner is involved in real decisions, the worse it is for the organization….because they really have no idea what they are doing.

      • okwhitefalcon - Nov 3, 2011 at 11:04 PM

        Agreed.

        That’s why I’m wary of this decision and grow considerably more concerned with the Pujols situation.

  11. thefalcon123 - Nov 3, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    I say hire Jim Edmonds. What he lacks in managerial experience, he’ll make up for it in getting more Cardinals to wear half shirts and leaping out of the batters box at pitches four feet outside.

    That being said, I actually amazed at how little I care who the Cardinals hire. Francona is a known quality, but Sandberg? Oquendo? Matheny? None of us has any idea what their managing philosophy is or what they’ll bring to the table. There is an awful lot of hand wringing about a subject that anyone who is honest with themselves will admit they know very little about. For all I know, Oquendo may love nothing more than bunts and the hit and run.

    • paperlions - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:20 PM

      It is the lack of information that makes me concerned…but at the same time, makes it difficult to be totally against a particular candidate. If we could just have them fill out a simple and short questionaire, I could have much stronger opinions.

  12. materialman80 - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Not Francona…..

  13. tcostant - Nov 3, 2011 at 2:36 PM

    I though Riggleman was the front runner?

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