Friday, October 18, 2013
Cubs manager search closer to end
By AJ Mass
According to the Chicago Tribune, the first round of interviews for the Chicago Cubs opening at manager has come to an end, with Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez being the final candidate that the team plans to consider for the job.
Martinez, who interviewed with the team on Thursday, joins Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta as possible finalists to replace Dale Sveum in the Cubs dugout. The Cubs have said that they want to have a staff that includes a few bilingual coaches due to the large number of Latin-American players on both their major league roster and throughout the entire organization, so perhaps there's a place for both Renteria and Martinez in their dugout.
The Cubs have said they want to have a decision in place before the general manager meetings in November, so whichever of these candidates is first to get called in for a second meeting would certainly be considered a favorite to get hired.
Jesse RogersRenteria, Martinez are intriguing candidates
"Team president Theo Epstein made it clear when he fired Dale Sveum on Sept. 30 that having an ex-Cub at the helm wouldn't be a bad thing, and it could even be a plus. Of course, it's not No. 1 on the list of attributes needed to be hired, but as Martinez interviews with the Cubs on Thursday, it's something to keep in mind."