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Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale is fifth candidate to interview with Cubs

Nov 15, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale interviewed yesterday with Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer, becoming the fifth known candidate to replace Mike Quade as Chicago’s manager.

Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Hale’s interview came via phone, but team president Theo Epstein was quick to point out that the Cubs’ decision-makers are familiar with him from their time together in Boston.

Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. are the other four candidates to interview with the Cubs. Epstein indicated that there won’t be any further candidates, but also added that he and Terry Francona “continue to talk” despite not going through a formal interview.

  1. cur68 - Nov 15, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    I’m considering Francona ‘pre-interviewed’ with Epstien. I mean really, what more does Epstein need to see of Tito? This will be one interview that, when it happens, consists of 2 guys having some beers and flirting with the waitress and that’s about it.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM

      Agreed, no need for Theo to do more due dilligence on Francona. But this leads to a question I’ve had since if became clear that Theo would move to the Cubs. Does Theo really want Francona to be his manager?

      Chances are he does. If he does, a deal will get done, and the interviews were about satisfying MLB’s requirement for a manager “search.” Chances are, that’s what will happen, but I’m not ready to assume it will happen.

  2. orlowk - Nov 15, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Here’s my theory on this whole deal. Theo and Tito were scape goats in the Boston problems. Tito resigns, Theo is let go and they both figure. Okay, you a-holes. Here’s what we’re going to try and pull off. We’re both going to the Cubs and get them a World Series win. Then, everyone will know it wasn’t because of anything they did that last season. It will be a huge poke in the eye to everyone in Boston that made them out to be the problem. I’d love to see them do it, and I’m sure the Cubs organization and fans would love for them to do it too.

  3. doggy4j - Nov 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Does this make him Cinco de Marlo?

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