Friday, October 4, 2013
Who is Cubs second choice for skipper?
By AJ Mass
We all know that Joe Girardi is at the top of many teams' wish-lists for their open managerial positions, and the Chicago Cubs are no exception. However, Girardi is only going to be able to manage one team, be it the Cubs, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals or Cincinnati Reds.
Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times believes that Sandy Alomar Jr. should they end up losing the Girardi sweepstakes. Among the reasons Wittenmyer gives for Alomar's candidacy include his having worked with Theo Epstein "ally" Terry Francona on the Cleveland Indians staff this past season, as well as his "ability to communicate and work with young Latin players."
That's an important factor to consider as Starlin Castro, Jorge Soler, Javy Baez, Gerardo Concepcion, and Albert Almora may all be part of the core of the Chicago Cubs roster at some point over the next few seasons.
Alomar interviewed previously for the Cubs job back in 2011 before Epstein and Jed Hoyer ultimately decided on Dale Sveum for the job. Given that prior encounter, should Chicago request permission to speak with Alomar again this time around, you'd have to assume that he'd be one of the favorites to win the position.