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Report: Rick Renteria has emerged as a “clear cut favorite” for Cubs manager

Oct 19, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

It was reported earlier today that the Cubs still had Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo on their radar for manager, but it appears that one candidate is the early frontrunner for the gig.

Renteria has been on the Padres’ staff since 2008, originally as a first base coach and as the bench coach for the past three seasons. While he doesn’t have major league managerial experience, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago notes that the Cubs are high on him in part because of his ability to work well with Latin-American players.

The Cubs have also interviewed former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta, and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Cubs like Lovullo, but adds that they may not wait to give him an interview, as they could settle on a manager before the Red Sox are done with the playoffs.

  1. chiadam - Oct 19, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    He must have shown the least opposition to everything that comes out of Theo’s mouth, which is the only criteria that really matters to Theo.

    • chiadam - Oct 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Recent study shows that 10 out of 11 people don’t know that Theo wants a puppet that will do everything he is told to do.
      More results to follow.

  2. earpaniac - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    As long as its not AJ Hinch.

  3. sfm073 - Oct 20, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Poor guy, stay far away from the cubs.

  4. andrewploessl - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Wanna narrow it down? Anyone that was former Boston or San Diego and only having coaching experience (not managerial) will be your likely candidate… The front office likes its nepotism and its ‘yes men’.

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