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Report: Cubs appear to have “a very short list” of serious candidates for manager

Oct 10, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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We heard various reports and speculation that the Cubs were willing to go all out in order to make Joe Girardi their next manager, but now that we can cross that possibility off the list, it’s time to take a look at the realistic candidates for the job.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the team “appears to be honing in” on “a very short list” of serious candidates, including former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta, both of whom have already interviewed for the vacant position.

There doesn’t appear to be a “favorite” for the job at this time, but word is that the Cubs only plan to add one or two more candidates to the mix. That includes Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, who will interview next week, and perhaps Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. was interviewed two offseasons ago before the Cubs hired Dale Sveum, but it’s unclear whether the club will meet with him this time around. And while the Maddux brothers would be well received, there’s nothing to suggest that they are candidates at this time.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Isn’t D. J. Short on the Short List?

  2. drpaisley - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    How could anyone ever take the Cubs seriously?

    • 18thstreet - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Because their checks clear. Next question.

      • 1historian - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:48 AM

        good question, good answer


  3. nsauser - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    AJ Hinch? Is Heyman drunk? What from his previous stint as a manager indicates he’s the one to win a World Series in Chicago? Word out of AZ is he used crayons to fill out the line-up card.

    • jhorton83 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:17 PM

      The same could be said of Manny Acta. I doubt either of those candidates incite much hope among Cubs fans.

      • 18thstreet - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        I know Acta is not the most charismatic leader, but I found him to be a fairly sensible manager in his decision-making when he was with the Nationals. Maybe it was just that he followed Frank Robinson, who was (despite being an impressive human being) a terrible in-game manager.

      • ryanrockzzz - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Don’t get the Acta thing either- He never struck me as the type who did anything more than keep the ship from sinking. There are some canadiates out there who have to be better suited to be more effective.

      • gloccamorra - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Acta, and Hinch, both speak Spanish, and both are good at developing young talent. The Cubs are 2-3 years of development away, with several Latin players coming up. Hoyer and Epstein both want a good manager for developing the kids, who’s young enough to stay on when they Cubs are “good”. With Acta, they may be looking at an ultimate short-termer for the development process only.

    • deesel12 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      I would let Jose Canseco manage my team before that moron…..

  4. earpaniac - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Please not AJ Hinch. Literally anyone else, but not AJ Hinch.

    • Caught Looking - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Hinch and the Cubs would be the MLB version of Tim Floyd and the Bulls

  5. tigers182 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Where’s the live for Brad Ausmus? Dude will make a great manager.

  6. buffalo65 - Oct 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Trade Gibby to the cubs.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Oct 10, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    I hope they sign Rick Renteria and he makes roughly a million and a half errors before the all star game of his first season with the team.

    And then Theo Epstein goes “OH! I SWEAR THAT IS THE LAST RENTERIA I EVER SIGN!”

    But then….he finds out that Edgar Renteria has a younger brother who is a light-hitting corner-outfielder. And he signs him to a three year deal.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      Could have sworn you said in the Ellsbury post that you don’t hate the Red Sox. And yet, here you are, taking cheap shots at their former GM as if you were a Yankee fan.

      Admit it: you’re not a realist. You’re just a negative person. Show me a GM who never made a questionable signing. Please.

  8. thebigwhitecat - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Good to see the Cubs are going for proven losers like Acta and Hinch.

  9. Kevin Gillman - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    If the Cubs were smart, they would interview Sandy Alomar, and even hire him. The guy just has so much respect around the league, and he would do well with a young team.

  10. 4d3fect - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Short list as in no one in their right mind would care to manage a train wreck like this, paychecks notwithstanding.

  11. zzalapski - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    It’d be slightly more amusing if the Cubs have a list of very short candidates.

  12. bigherm74 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I know they want to get a more Latin American presence since they have Castro Baez Soler to connect with but as a Cubs fan I think Ozzie Guillen would be interesting to see!!

  13. bigherm74 - Oct 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    I know they want to get a more Latin American presence since they have Castro Baez Soler to connect with but as a Cubs fan I think Ozzie Guillen would be interesting to see!!

  14. raiderssuckballz - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    MLB Network is saying the Cubs will hire Rick Renteria!

  15. deesel12 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    A.J Hinch???? Apparently the Cubs would like to stay at the bottom of the standings…. I would not let that guy manage a little league team!

  16. Francisco (FC) - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Report: Cubs appear to have “a very short list” of serious candidates for manager

    I’d like to know the length of the list for non-serious candidates to Manager.

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