The latest Cubs managerial search update revolves around Tom Ricketts’ meeting with Eric Wedge – the former Cleveland Indians manager. The Wedge meeting was scheduled to take place sometime today. Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-2009 and had an overall losing record. He was named Manager of the Year, however, back in 2007.
Now it looks like GM Jim Hendry has narrowed down the managerial search to 4 candidates — Wedge, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Quade and Bob Melvin.
It is believed that Ricketts has already interviewed Sandberg. Sandberg has managed in the Cubs organization for the past 4 years. He was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year this year for his work with Triple-A Iowa, but his team missed out on the playoffs when they lost their final game of the season.
Quade also met with Ricketts before he went back to his Florida home after the end of the Cubs season on October 3rd. Quade surprised people with his ability to guide the Cubs to a 24-13 record after taking over for Lou Pinella on August 23rd. That was the 2nd best record of any MLB team during that stretch of 37 games to end the season.
Melvin managed both the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks, but we have not been able to confirm whether he has met with Ricketts, or if he will.
This probably means that the Cubs have opted to go in a different direction than they have in each of the last 3 hires – Don Baylor, Dusty Baker and Lou Pinella – all old school guys that have been around the block once or twice. That also means that Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox were never even contemplated by Hendry or the Ricketts Family. Pretty interesting stuff, but it looks like we could have an announcement sooner rather than later on the managerial decision.