|The Cubs have fired Mike Quade and |
don't seem interested in Ryne Sandberg.
We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.I pointed out yesterday in my coverage of the Theo Epstein / Jed Hoyer press conference that the term sustainable success has become the franchise's new motto.
What does that mean? Well, the old motto was: "We think we've got a good team this year."
Now, the Cubs are de facto saying: "We will be good for many years, but maybe not this one."
This is exactly what Will and I have wanted to hear for — literally — years. Forget this year! Forget 2012! What matters is the long run. I wouldn't sell one season for two, and neither will Epstein and Co.
So with Mike Quade gone, the Chicago Cubs seem to be hemorrhaging managers:
Who do they go with next? Well, as you, faithful reader of blockquotes, will notice, Theo clearly stated he wants someone with MLB managing experience.
That pretty much removes fan favorite Ryne Sandberg from contention.
Moreover, the buzz around our Twitter and Facebook pages have suggested that Theo has already reached out to the Philadelphia Phillies to inform Sandberg he is not a candidate for the manager's position.
This is damn classy after Jim Hendry gave Sandberg the proverbial middle finger:
“There was no other job offering [from the Cubs for 2011] other than, ‘We’d like you to come to spring training, hit a couple of fungoes and walk around’,” Sandberg said. “At that point, I knew it was time to move on.Sandberg was essentially stonewalled by Hendry. It is nice to see Epstein repairing that bridge. Maybe someday he comes to manage the Cubs? Well, for now, it looks like he may have a better chance at managing against them:
Sandberg in St. Louis
Go under the jump to see some more Twitter updates on the manager search.
It looks like the Cubs may focus on a wide array of possible candidates, from Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux to managers Bud Black with the San Diego Padres or John Farrell with the Toronto Blue Jays:
I've made little secret about who I'd like to see: Either Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez or pitching coach Jim Hickey. Both are progressively trained and both had major league experience. That being said, Mike Maddux probably should have been made a manager some 10 years ago.
Either way I have faith Theo, Hoyer, et al. will bring in the right person.