Posted on 09 November 2011 by Lou
The Chicago Cubs interviewed candidate #3 – Mike Maddux – today at Wrigley Field. His “family concerns” might put him at a disadvantage (he dropped out of the Red Sox job earlier this week but decided to interview with the Cubs despite acknowledging that moving his family another time is a big concern of his). Maddux was honored to be considered by the Cubs and was up for the challenge – “It’s kind of cool to be considered. I enjoyed it, man. Pretty neat. Something I’ve never done before, so it was a learning experience on both ends. I think I got to know them and they got to know me, see what our values are. We share a lot of values, share passion. We share the inner drive to win.” Maddux also went on to say that if Carlos Zambrano were still on the Cubs roster come spring training, he might “pick him up and just burp him” – good luck with that one, Mike.
Maddux also said that you have to put your players in the right position to win and remember that it is all still a game – “Maybe it’s a message, maybe it’s giving guys the opportunity to perform, maybe giving them opportunity to fail. Maybe that’s it too. You don’t put the weight of the world on your shoulders. You encourage guys. It’s not life or death. It’s win or lose, but it’s not life or death. And keep it that way.”
It seems like he may have been a little over his head to be considered for the managerial post, but he is clearly a smart guy and will likely manage at some point in his career. But based on what I’ve heard, I like the sound of Pete Mackanin or Dale Sveum right now to lead the Cubs in 2012…
Posted on 08 November 2011 by Lou
One Dale Sveum down, now it’s on to Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr.
While Maddux pulled his name out of the running for the Red Sox managerial opening, Maddux is committed to interviewing with the Cubs. The Cubs and Maddux will meet up at Wrigley Field on Wednesday.
It is anticipated that the Cubs will squeeze in an interview with Alomar before the end of the week.
No favorites have emerged yet, but given that the Red Sox and Cubs are interviewing the same candidates (Pete Mackanin, Sveum and Alomar, Jr.), we should probably start to hear some rumblings in the near future as neither side wants to wait too long and risk losing “their guy.”
Meanwhile, Terry Francona supposedly met with the St. Louis Cardinals today and we have not heard any further update about Theo Epstein continuing to speak with Francona regarding the Cubs managerial vacancy. Francona meeting with the Cards could prompt a Cubs interview over the weekend.
We’ll keep you posted…
Posted on 07 November 2011 by Lou
The Cubs are putting managerial candidate Dale Sveum through the ringer today. I can’t wait to hear how it all goes. Sveum has been the Brewers hitting coach for each of the last 3 seasons and is considered to be a top managerial candidate for the Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are familiar with Sveum, as he served as the Red Sox 3rd base coach in 2004-2005. He joined the Brewers organization in 2006 and even served as interim manager for the final 12 games of the 2008 MLB season when he led the team to a 7-5 record to qualify for post-season play. Although the Brewers eventually lost in the 1st round of the playoffs that season and although Sveum did not get the full-time managerial gig after the season ended, Sveum decided to stay with Milwaukee to continue building his coaching resume. Sveum is highly regarded throughout all of baseball and if there’s a way that Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein can pull off a Sveum/Prince Fielder package, Cubs fans will be very happy on the north side for a very long time.
The Cubs interviewed Pete Mackanin on Friday and they plan to interview Mike Maddux later this week (although Maddux recently withdrew his name from the Red Sox managerial candidate list). We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything on how the Cubs liked Sveum during the process…
Posted on 03 November 2011 by Lou
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…