Saturday, October 19, 2013
Will Cubs wait for Lovullo?
By Doug Mittler
The Chicago Cubs' search for a new manager could drag on a little longer than expected, and it involves Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.
A CSNChicago.com report says the Cubs want to talk with Lovullo, leaving open the possibility that Chicago's front office could be waiting until after the World Series before naming a skipper. That follows a story in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune that the Cubs have completed thethe first round of interviews with Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez being the final candidate that the team plans to consider for the job.
Lovullo has interviewed previously for head jobs with the Red Sox, Indians and Angels and his seen his stock rise working in a high visibility position in Boston. A UCLA graduate, Lovullo managed in Boston’s minor league system when Cubs president Theo Epstein was still running the Red Sox.
Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta also have been mentioned as finalists to replace Dale Sveum in the Cubs dugout.
One thing to remember about all the managerial openings: Commissioner Bud Selig frowns on any team making an announcement during the World Series, either a team makes an announcement by Tuesday or it waits until around Halloween.