At some point, a Major League Baseball team probably will hire Ryne Sandberg as manager, but it will not be the Chicago Cubs, the team with which Sandberg is most identified. Theo Epstein made that clear when he dumped Mike Quade as manager Wednesday.
So, Sandberg will content himself to interview with the Cubs’ archrival, the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. Take that, Theo.
The Cardinals contacted Sandberg and the Philadelphia Phillies, who hired him to manage their Class AAA team last fall, quickly after Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday.
“I’ll be interviewing with the Cardinals,” Sandberg told the Sun-Times. “It’s on the calendar in the near future, so that’s the next thing for me. As of right now, that’s been the only call.”
The Cardinals are looking at several candidates, with the search committee beginning interviews today. Besides Sandberg, it expects to interview former Red Sox manager Terry Francona and the Cardinals’ long-time third-base coach Jose Oquendo. The Cards will not be speaking to Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In addition to the Cards and Cubs, the Boston Red Sox also have an opening for a manager and interviewed Dale Sveum, their third-base coach in 2004 and 2005, on Monday. He presently is the Milwaukee Brewers’ hitting coach. The Sox also interviewed Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin on Monday.
Of course, Francona has the closest tie of all to Epstein and, now, the Cubs. Sveum, who also has Red Sox ties to Epstein, is another potential candidate for the Cubs’ job. Other candidates, according to the Chicago Tribune, include DeMarlo Hale, the Red Sox' bench coach; Dave Martinez, a former Cubs player and bench coach under Maddon in Tampa; Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin; and Mike Maddux, the Texas Rangers' pitching coach whose brother, Greg, is the Cubs’ assistant to the general manager. First up for Epstein: Maddux and Mackanin.