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Sunday Headlines: Blue Jays Flirting with Ryno?

CHICAGO - JANUARY 01:  Former Chicago Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg waves to the fans during pregame festivities prior to the Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field on January 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Ryno shows off his winter best to impress Toronto



The Toronto Sun is reporting that Ryne Sandberg is on a list of candidates to be interviewed for the Blue Jays' managerial opening. Will our friends to the north swoop in and make the Cubs' decision easier? Before you Ryno fans start hyperventilating, read the fine print:

Citing sources and telephone calls with candidates, the paper listed 14 candidates who already have gone through an interview process, although it is not known how formal some of those talks were. Among those names is Don Baylor, the former Cubs manager and recently freed as hitting coach by the Rockies. 

And we thought the Cubs' process was exhaustive. 14 already interviewed - but there's more.

Seven names are on the "to be interviewed" list, including Sandberg and Cora, as well as Tampa Bay bench coach Davey Martinez, the former Cub.

I hope they don't book Sandberg's and Martinez's interviews back-to-back. Could you imagine what an awkward waiting room situation that would be?


Despite what others are saying, Bruce Levine is reporting that we'll have a decision by next week.

The naming of the Cubs new manager could come as early as next week, according to a major-league source. Major League Baseball does not allow teams to make major announcements during the World Series, which is set to start on October 28.

Although Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been rumored to be interested in the Cubs' job, there has not been any contact between Girardi and the team. A major-league source told ESPNChicago.com that the Yankees are prepared to offer Girardi a three-year contract after the playoffs conclude for New York.

Late last week, MSNBC reported that Quade would be hired as the Cubs' new manager and that Sandberg would become his bench coach. A Cubs source said that that scenario had never been discussed, to the best of his knowledge.


Basically, if we want a straight answer, we're going to have to kidnap Tom Ricketts and get it that way (please note: I'm not advocating the actual abduction of Tom Ricketts (unless you're not going to blame me when you get caught)).

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gravedigger said:

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Dodgers have signed Lilly to a 3 year contract. So much for the idea he was going to come back.

flyball said:

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hmmmm, whats the terms, I think its probably a better decision for the Dodgers than it would be for the Cubs

gravedigger said:

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No details yet. But, I agree. I didn't necessarily want him to come back, but there was so much talk that he was going to return as a free agent, as though it was a foregone conclusion.

flyball said:

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I wonder if this should give me hope that they aren't just making rash insta decisions

sloan peterson said:

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Most of the LA sportswriters felt getting Lilly was the one good thing the Dodgers did this year...

flyball said:

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I don't blame Sandberg at all for shopping around, I certainly wouldn't count on the Cubs

gravedigger said:

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I feel pretty damn certain Sandberg won't be getting the manager job.

sloan peterson said:

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If Sandberg goes away, Hendry can sell Quade to the Ryno faithfull: "see, he's the manager of _____; he really didn't want the Cubs job."..

secdelahc said:

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True, but there's part of me that wants him to be a Cub forever. It's irrationally unfair, but I don't care.

cadarnell said:

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feel the same about the ryno secdelahc ... i still think he's gonna get the job ... he just seems like the obvious choice for just about every reason ... notwithstanding girardi of course.

MillsChC said:

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Fontenot!

sloan peterson said:

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Fontenot making 2 errors,reminding all Cubs fans, why we don't miss him.....

gravedigger said:

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what? woe does he play for?

secdelahc said:

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He plays for the Giants now. He's their starting 3rd baseman lately, I think.

gravedigger said:

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omg logging on when drunk is a bitch and ahalf

secdelahc said:

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It's horrible trying to type in your password!

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