The Cubs interviewed Sandy Alomar, Jr. for thier open manager position today. GM Jed Hoyer announced that there is no clear front-runner for the job: “It’s still totally open for debate. We are going to get back and have some discussions and then probably have some follow-up conversations. We spent a lot of time with these candidates. Now we can think about some follow-up questions… We feel really good about the four guys we brought in. We had four very good interviewees. I wouldn’t rule out an additional candidate, but it’s not a certainty either.”
Hoyer could be alluding to former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Cubs President Theo Epstein and Francona are still in contact and Francona has indicated that he is interested in the Cubs job. The Cubs have acknowledged that a long, formal interview with Francona would not be needed since Epstein and Hoyer are both so familiar with Francona and his coaching style/abilities.
Alomar, Jr. was thrilled with the Cubs interview process: “They are very thorough with everything. They don’t leave any stone unturned. Yhey go through every situation in the game. They are very professional about it. They are very bright about what they do. I had an opportunity to have an interview with Toronto last year. That was pretty good. But these guys take it to another level. It’s kind of like what you see Jon Gruden doing with NFL quarterbacks but more thorough. Kind of interesting… It was fun because they put you in managerial positions in order to make decisions fast. They see how you incorporate players you have on your bench and how you deal with pitchers you would have getting ready in those situations. Then they show you the outcome of the plays. I don’t want to tell everything about how they do the interview but it was pretty interesting and very exciting.”
Looks like the leg work is almost over. Now it’s decision time. Bring it on…