Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Manager Search Roundup

Brenly Out of Mangerial Race
Cubs TV color man Bob Brenly has dropped out of the Cubs' managerial chase. He told Jim Hendry that he does not feel that the job is right for him at this time. The reports of Brenly's decision hit the media before today's game against the Cardinals. Bob plans to return to the booth next season.

Wakamatsu Interviewed
According to Bruce Levine, Don Wakamatsu has been added to the interview list for the open Cubs managerial position. He was fired by the Mariners on Aug. 9 in his second year in Seattle. He is MLB's first Japanese-American skipper.

Ryno Interviewed
Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was interviewed for the position this week in Arizona. Hendry said he had a good day and a half with Ryno. The process is continued the way Jim said it would.
Ozzie on the North Side?
The Chicago Tribune has reported that if the White Sox cut ties with manager Ozzie Guillen this winter, he would list to the Cubs. Most feel that Ozzie is just talking in order to make headlines. He is in no way considered a candidate to became the Cubs manager in 2011 at this time. Guillen is still under contract with the Sox through the end of next season.
The Cubs Under Q
The Chicago Cubs are now 19-11 under Mike Quade entering the final seven games of the season. If the team has a strong final week, Mike's record will be well over .500. He has done everything he can to earn the full time gig and many feel that his stock has gone up. Jim Hendry told Bruce Levine on Saturday that Quade has created a good atmosphere, but he will not be judged based on his win-loss record.
The Cubs are not going to hurry the decision... but they would like to have a skipper in place by the organizational meetings in November.
It should be an interesting next month and a half! I'll keep you posted!

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