Tuesday, October 15, 2013
What the Cubs seek in a manager
By Doug Mittler
Now that Joe Girardi has decided to keep his talents in the Bronx and remain as manager of the New York Yankees, the Chicago Cubs have adjusted their search of a new skipper.
Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports the Cubs’ front office met with San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria on Monday. Team officials also are expected to interview Tampa Bay Rays coach Dave Martinez later this week.
The Cubs reportedly have already interviewed A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta, both of whom were fired from previous managerial gigs.
Exactly what are the Cubs looking for in a new manager? Bill Madden gave a rather Old School opinion in Sunday’s New York Daily News, claiming Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer "just want an obliging stat guy who will let them manage the team from above with their computers.”
That’s taking it to the extreme, but the Cubs seem to have every intention of continuing a system where the front office has significant input in on-field decisions. It worked for Epstein in Boston, so he has every right to do the same in Chicago.
One thing we’re also pretty sure about – Dusty Baker will not be re-hired for another stint at Wrigley Field.