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Report: A.J. Hinch and Rick Renteria will receive second interviews with Cubs

Oct 26, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

We learned yesterday that former Mariners manager Eric Wedge is going to interview for the Cubs’ manager job next week, but it appears that there could be some early favorites among the other candidates.

Hinch and Renteria both currently work for the Padres. Hinch, who previously managed the Diamondbacks in 2009-2010, serves as assistant GM with San Diego. Renteria has been on the major league staff with the Padres for past six seasons, including the last three as bench coach.

While the Cubs have also met with former Indians and Nationals manager Manny Acta and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, it’s unclear if any future interviews are scheduled. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo is reportedly on the club’s radar, but they would likely have to wait until after the World Series in order to talk to him.

  1. calicokiller49 - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    I wish they would interview buddy black, I’m getting tired of his ho hum ,
    no big deal , we will get him next time, I refuse to retaliate, cause I’m a nice guy, approach.

    • Reflex - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Black does not retaliate because retaliation is stupid and can get his own players injured. He is smart for it. I can’t speak to the rest.

  2. gbrim - Oct 26, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    What has AJ Hinch done, in the dugout or the front office, to merit another shot at managing?

    • paperlions - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Yeah, I’m sure a guy that is an assistant GM for a team and had previously worked for the guy that is now GM of the Cubs hasn’t done anything to impress anyone. He’s probably not really smart and he probably doesn’t understand anything about baseball and he probably didn’t learn anything while spending 4 years at Stanford or while playing 8 years in the majors.

      So, yeah, you are right. He hasn’t done anything to make an impression on anyone, which must be why he keeps getting jobs and interviews.

      • gbrim - Oct 27, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        I watched him in AZ. He admitted that he didn’t even have lineup control with the DBacks–all the strings were pulled by GM Josh Byrnes. He lost the dugout very quickly when it was apparent that Byrnes was making all the decisions leading up to the first pitch. Byrnes called it ‘organizational advocacy’, and both got fired for his approach. Hinch’s next job was in San Diego’s front office working for…..Josh Byrnes, the new San Diego GM. So, I repeat, what has Hinch done to merit another shot at managing???

    • chuck41558 - Oct 28, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      A J Hinch couldnt lead a little league team to a losing season. Lets go after proven people like Bob Brenley.

  3. raiderssuckballz - Oct 26, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    CSN Chicago says the Cubs will hire Rick Renteria!

  4. rcali - Oct 26, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Oh dear, this search isn’t going well.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      It’s going fine, they’re just dragging it along for the suspense and the fact they can’t announce anything until after the Series anyway. When they DO announce, you’ll hear talk of the “exhaustive search” and being “not satisfied” until they found the “right guy.”

  5. earpaniac - Oct 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    You obviously don’t remember his disastrous stint as Dbacks manager. That alone should be reason enough. There are very managers in bases ball who will make a difference with this club until 2015 at the earliest. Next year they will most likely look even more like a AAA team. That saying, Hinch will most likely make things worse. Go look up the reviews of his stint in ARI if you think I’m exaggerating, or ask Dbacks fans. After they lost out on Girardi, for me it was anybody but AJ.

    • gloccamorra - Oct 27, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      I remember: his team led the league in strikeouts. Unfortunately it was the hitters. The pitching was near the bottom of the league both years with a couple starters with ERAs beginning with 5. The bullpen wasn’t so hot either, especially the second year.

      Those were just lousy teams – Kirk Gibson took over the second half of the second year, and he couldn’t do much better than Hinch did the first half. The following year the strikeouts went down, scoring went up, and the pitching got noticeably better. That was all Kirk’s doing?

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