Now it looks like Theo Epstein is interested in having Terry Francona interview for the Cubs vacant managerial job. Epstein acknowledged that the 2 have spoken a lot since the end of the season and that they will “sit down together and see if it’s a fit.” Epstein went on to say this about Terry Francona: “Clearly he would be at the top of anyone’s list of available managers. That’s probably true of any organization looking for a manager with experience and who is a proven winner. He has to be at the very top of the list. I think he has to figure out if this is right for him, and then as we continue our process and figure out where we are headed, we have to figure out the right fit in this organization, too.”
Epstein originally hired Francona as the Red Sox back in the winter of 2003. Together, the Epstein/Francona duo won world series in 2004 and 2007 and they went to the playoffs 6 years. Francona resigned as the Red Sox manager at the end of the 2010 campaign after a 7-20 finish cost the Red Sox a post-season berth. Francona seemed to have lost control of the Red Sox clubhouse and since his departure, he has made mixed statements about whether he wants to take a year off before he accepts another managerial post.
Outside of Francona, Epstein also confirmed that he plans to interview Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin and that he has requested permission from the Texas Rangers to speak with their pitching coach Mike Maddux. How about a brother combo with Mike as Manager and Greg as pitching coach? I guess crazier things have happened.
We’ll keep you posted as things progress with the Cubs managerial hunt…