Top 10 Managerial Candidates for the Cubs

Top 10 Managerial Candidates for the Cubs
Terry Francona and DeMarlo Hale

With the season winding down to the last series, it's time to start considering managerial candidates for next season.  It's difficult to pinpoint the list down to 3-4 people simply because we don't know who the next GM will be.  There are some candidates who may be considered as universal choices while others may depend on what team the new GM comes from.  There are many questions left to answer...

  • How much does making the fans happy play into that sort of decision?  Is it a factor if there isn't much separation between two candidates ?
  •  Does personal familiarity with a candidate play a significant role?  Or does it simply begin and end with the person the GM feels is the best candidate?
  • Is it strictly the GMs decision or do other front office members have a say?

I'm not going to list Quade as a candidate although it's possible he will be interviewed.  Quade is a known candidate and most of us have made our feelings known about him.   I also don't want to speculate on current managers such as Terry Francona, who is said to be taking some heat in Boston. Things will likely start to clear up as we find out more about the GM situation, but let's get an early start on some possible managerial candidates (age in parenthesis) in no particular order...

The Local Favorites - These guys may receive consideration no matter who the GM is because of their popularity in Chicago

1)  Ryne Sandberg (52) - Sandberg is the people's choice.  Many fans wanted him last year and many are hoping the Cubs give him a second chance.  Ryno has done his part, he continues to win after moving on to the Phillies organization, having reached the AAA finals with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.  His strength is his familiarity with the Cubs young players and his weakness is his lack of coaching experience at the MLB level.

2) Bob Brenly (57) -- Brenly's name comes up as a possibility whenever the subject of Cubs manager comes up.  He's very vocal in the booth and his opinions are popular with many fans.  He's most famous for winning a World Series with Arizona in 2001.  His team won the division with 98 victories the next year before tailing off and finishing 3rd in '03.  Brenly was fired in '04 after a horrendous 29-50 start.

3) Bobby Valentine (61) -- Valentine has made no secret of his desire to manage again.  He's famous here in Chicago for his recent comments on Starlin Castro, something he now admits he went overboard with, but it did put him in the spotlight again.  Oddly, Valentine has never won a division title although he has won over 90 games twice in his 15 year managerial career, including a World Series appearance with the Mets in 2000.  As a bonus for Cubs fans, Valentine has said he'd hire Sandberg as a coach.

Other Guys with Local Ties- These are up and coming guys who may have specific ties to certain GM candidates while having some local ties of their own

4) Joey Cora (46)- Cora has been a long time favorite of the crosstown rival White Sox. He may be in line to take over if Ozzie Guillen leaves, but if Rick Hahn is hired, he may try to bring Cora along with him.  He is considered the stabilizing force behind Ozzie's mercurial personality.  But make no mistake, he's no pushover.  He's pretty tough himself and is considered one of the smarter coaches in the game.

 5) DeMarlo Hale (50) - Hale becomes an obvious candidate if either Theo Epstein or Ben Cherington is hired.  He is familiar with Boston's philosophy and he's from Chicago, having attended CVS.  Hale has been a coach for the past 10 years with the Rangers and Red Sox, two of the game's top organizations.  Before that he managed in Boston's system where his resume may be more impressive than Sandberg's.  While he had many winning seasons, Hale's best year may have been when he guided Trenton to a best-league 92-50 record in 1999.  That season, he also coached the U.S.team in the All-Star Futures game.  He was honored as Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America, the Sporting News and USA Today Weekly.

6) Dave Martinez (46) - Martinez came up through the Cubs system and made his rookie debut with the team in 1986 at age 21.  He played 2 1/2 seasons before being traded.   He is now the bench coach with the Tampa Bay Rays and has already attracted interest as a managerial candidate.  He becomes a more serious candidate if the Cubs somehow pry Andrew Friedman from the Rays.

7) Tim Wallach (54) - Has a small local tie in that his son, Brett, is a pitching prospect with the Cubs.  Wallach lost out to Don Mattingly for the Dodgers job and John Farrell for the Blue Jays job.  He has been a coach with the Dodgers and won the 2009 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year award with AAA affiliate Albuquerque.   There have been a few Dodgers former and current execs listed as possible GM Candidates including Ned Colletti, Logan White, and Kim Ng.  Of the three, I would expect only Ng to get serious consideration.

The "Outsiders" These guys don't have any local ties, but they may have some ties to GM candidates.

8) Tom Foley (50) -  Foley is the 3rd base coach of the Rays.  Although more quiet than some of the candidates on this list, he is considered a leader and an excellent managerial prospect by his peers.   He is a lesser known candidate but would come into the spotlight if Andrew Friedman got the job.

9) Dave Brundage (45) - Brundage has been the manager of the AAA Braves affiliate Richmond, where he won a title in 2007.  Brundage was given serious consideration as the replacement for Bobby Cox - a job that went to Fredi Gonzalez.  Baseball Prospectus says that he was the actual choice of Braves GM Frank Wren, and it's possible that John Coppolella would give him a look if he ends up being the Cubs choice as GM.  Brundage is considered to be great communicator and motivator.

10) Tim Bogar (44) - Bogar is currently the 3rd base coach and has been bandied about as a future manager.  Aside from his coaching experience, he also had success as a manager in the Indians system.  He came within one game of winning a title and was named Eastern League Manager of the Year in 2006.  He was also selected to manage the U.S. in the Futures All-Star Game in 2006 and 2007.  Additionally, Baseball America called him the best managerial candidate in Eastern League in 2006.  Bogar figures to get consideration if someone from the Red Sox or Indians get the job.  Those possible GMs include Epstein, Cherington, Mark Shapiro, and Michael Chernoff.  Bogar is from the midwest as well, having been born in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Not an exhaustive list by any means and feel free to add anyone you think should be a candidate.  The field is wide open right now.

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  • Excellent primer!

  • Thanks!

  • You're welcome. I do have some reservations about Sandberg because of '94 but maybe he's changed.

  • Are you referring to him being uspet with the team's direction that year?

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Yes. The team got off to a bad start, as did Sandberg, and he just walked away. Would he do the same if he were manager next season and his team got off to a bad start.

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    I think there was more going on with Sandberg besides the Cubs bad start in 1994. I think I can cut him some slack.

  • I would hope he would have learned from that frustration -- and he had a lot of personal reasons to lash out at his teammates (and a lot of it was well-deserved in my opinion). Now that he's had more experience being a leader, perhaps he can handle it differently.

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    You probably saw my comments on Brenly as the anti-Quade in the same way he was the anti-Showalter. I stand by them here. Brenly just seems to me to be a good baseball man all the way around, and I think he seems to be a good handler of people knowing which ones to kick in the butt and which ones to hug.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I thought that was a great post, Michael...maybe you should copy and post to this thread as I think it adds a lot to the discussion.

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    I like Bobby Valentine on a personal level, in spite of the fact that Bobby is Bobby's favorite person. More often than not, he is right on in a Steve Stone sort of way with his comments and observations. However, I'm not sure Bobby is the guy to take this team through a youth movement. In fact, if Bobby is the next manager of the Cubs, I'd bet there won't be a youth movement. I say this for two reasons. First, a GM that would bring Valentine in is looking to win immediately. Second, I don't think, no matter what Valentine says, that he really wants to work for a team going through a major youth movement and the 100 loss season it might bring. I think that under all that ego even he knows his talents don't mean squat if the team isn't talented enough to win.

    I was disappointed that Sandberg didn't get a fair shake from Jim Hendry, but I wasn't unsupportive of the Mike Quade hiring. I thought that Quade's hiring might signify that the team was ready for a complete overhaul and youth movement. It seemed logical given Quade's background. Why would you bring a minor league mananger in to manage a bunch of over-paid has-beens? My hopes were quickly dashed by the off-season moves, and then the lack of movement before the non-waivers trade deadline really made it sink in.

    I knew going into Spring Training this team was going to be terrible, even if Jim Hnedry didn't, and I think Hendry actually did Sandberg a favor, though in a very backhanded way, by sparing his reputation from being tarnished by this abomination of a team.

    Sandberg's record, while exemplary, as a minor league manager and his HOF credentials may not be enough, and I would like to see him get some coaching experience at the major league level first before being handed the job. That is why I think the perfect candidate to be the next manager of the Cubs is Bob Brenly.

    Brenly would be the one guy who is already inside the organization who would be the anti-Quade, and because of his position, he would already have some familiarity with the personnel in the Cubs farm system as well. I also think Brenly is comfortable enough with himself and with Sandberg that it could work. I could also see a situation where, if the new GM hired Sandberg to be the manager, Brenly became Sandberg's bench coach. In fact, I'm not sure I don't like that idea better.

    I can't say any sort of certainty, but Brenly doesn't seem to me to be opposed to the new school, based on his comments on the air and a review of his record as a player and a manager.

    Brenly was a pretty disciplined hitter as a player with 318 BB to 438 SO in 9 seasons. His .247/.330/.403 slash line isn't bad for a guy who was a career backup. I also don't buy the argument that he won with Buck Showlater's players. There was quite a bit of turnover on that roster between 2000 and 2001. The stars didn't really change, but the role players did, and many of those role players were high OBP guys like Mark Grace.

    Was winning the WS in 2001 and the subsequent 98 win season in 2002 a product of anything Brenly did. No, it probably wasn't, but it may have been helped along by the things he didn't do. We know that a manager can do more things to affect the outcome of a game negatively than he can to affect it positively, and I think Brenly is one of those types of guys, where as Showalter was not.

    Showalter ruled with an iron first, and his veterans rebelled. Brenly understood that you can't treat everyone the same way. Not everyone gets motivated the same way. Some guys will respond positively to an ass chewing. Some respond negatively. Brenly seemed to get that. For the 2000 and 2001 Diamondbacks, he was the anti-Showalter.

    I also don't think Brenly really had anything to do with the demise of the Diamondbacks in 2003 and 2004. That 2000 team wasn't built for the long haul. It had a narrow window because of the age of its key players. They couldn't fire all the players. So Brenly made a convenient scapegoat.

    Mike Quade couldn't have done anything to prevent the collapse of the Cubs this season. It's fate was sealed by poor personnel decisions by his GM in previous years, but I do think that Quade has done things to make an already bad situation worse, and he did them out of his own misguidedly perceived self-interests.

    I think Brenly would have not hesitated to play the kids over the veterans once the season was lost. I think he is insightful enough to know, especially once he knew he was going to be getting a new boss who more than likely would see things differently than the old boss, that his job as a manager wouldn't be based on shear wins and losses alone, and that the only way to save his job might be to do a good job of developing the future stars of the organization, even if it had to be done at a cost to the win-loss record currently. I think Brenly realizes that titles are the only things that really matter and that meaningless wins in a lost season at the expense of player development are actually bad things. So in this sense, he is the anti-Quade.

    Anyways, I could be full of crap too.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Thanks for re-posting this one. Some great insights on the 3 local favorite candidates I listed.

  • Michael ... WOW ... fabulous.

    "I kind of saw things that made me uncomfortable moving forward, trying to get that manager's job," Brenly said. "Unfortunately, a lot of them came true ... I was much better off being where I was this year."

    The always reputable Paul Sullivan stated "Brenly is signed through 2012 to work alongside Len Kasper, and said he won't actively pursue a managerial job this offseason."

    So would it be considered a "Cubbie occurrence" if Brenly was hired to manage by the new GM?

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    In reply to MoneyBoy:

    I saw that article, and it is pretty obvious that Brenly saw that Hendry wasn't interested in doing what needed to be done, which was tear down and start over.

    I truly wonder why Brenly has never been hired by another team. I know Showalter is well liked by the national media, and Showalter always blamed Brenly for costing him his job. He even accused Brenly through his surrogates of deliberately plotting against him from the broadcast booth, but I don't buy it. Brenly just doesn't seem like the type to do that.

    I believe Brenly was just being honest in his assessments, which is his job to do. I think Showalter cost himself his job by trying to treat a bunch of veterans like rookies. He went overboard in trying to make the D'backs the Yankees with the same clubhouse rules, as well as the rules the Yankees had on matters of personal grooming. In 1999, when Arizona won 100 games, it wasn't and issue, but in 2000 when they only won 84 games, it became one.

  • I see the Cubs hiring a "first timer" as a manager, especially if a younf guy like Cherington, Coppolella , Levine become the GM. I know people here in Chicago want a big name like Valentine or a hometown favorite like Sandberg, I don't see that happening. Valentine is always a loose canon and hard to control and none of the potential candidates have any connection to Sandberg. In fact , I want a new guy like Foley, Hale or Bogar becoming the next manager, new blood with a new outlook, that's what I say.

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    Hale and Bogar have impressive resumes both as minor league managers and coaches. Despite less hardware, Foley seems to be highly thought of around the league as well.

    I'm not bound to any of the local favorites by any means, but they deserve mention and consideration at least. Still, I'm leaning toward extending the youth movement to the managerial position -- especially if we don't bring back some of the vets who became too comfortable and were essentially running the team this year.

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    Let me throw this out there for discussion. We all know what should have been done by Quade once it was apparent this team wasn't going to make the playoffs, but what if he had actually done it. What if he had made the conscious decision to sacrifice his winning percentage for betterment of this teams future? For that matter, what if Jim Hendry had taken off the blinders and went to Ricketts with the idea of blowing the whole thing up and starting over. Might he have gotten another year?

    You see, I don't think anything Mike Quade did before the all-star break makes a difference in his ultimate fate one way or another. Anyone who is a new manager is going to go through growing pains. Sandberg would have too, although his HOF credentials might have commanded more respect at the outset from the veterans, but I think the veterans' treatment of Quade is as much a sign of their own lack of professionalism as anything, and I include Dempster in that. Quade is still the boss no matter what, and it is inherent upon the whole team to recognize it. I think if Quade had done the right things by setting Soriano, Pena and Ramirez and letting the kids play, win or lose, he would have more of a leg to stand on when the new GM came in.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I've thought about that as well. He could have carved a niche for himself as a guy who could develop young players, something that could have gotten him other jobs in the future. However, those jobs are always fleeting...they replace you as soon as the team gets competitive. It could have saved his job in the short term, but probably not in the long term.

    I think of Alan Trammell taking his lumps with the kids in Detroit and it hasn't gotten him another opportunity to manage yet. He earned himself a reputation as a good teacher but that's sort of a thankless job in the win-now climate in baseball these days.

    I've got mixed feelings on this. Quade waited a whole lifetime for that opportunity and he has a right to try to win and do things his way. What I don't like about it is that it wasn't what was best for the Cubs future.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I agree. I think the Quade/Dempster quotes on the argument sums it all up:

    "Everything is fantastic," Quade said Thursday, without revealing details of the conversation. "Do you want me to tell you the conversation I had with my girlfriend last night too? I'm sorry, but that's off limits as well."

    "At the end of the day he's the manager, right? He's my boss," Dempster said. "I just really wanted to stay the in the game, that's all. And he understands that, and I understand that. And that's why I respect him, and I'm a big fan of his and we'll push through that."

    So what we know is Quade and his girlfriend are fighting and the vets reluctantly listen to him because he's their boss, right?

    That being said, on your comments about sitting Ramirez and the bunch, it could have come across as a message to any potential free agents that this is the Cubs new mission statement. I guess it would not be such a bad thing though to have the message that players who play well play. That is obviously not the case at this juncture.

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    In reply to Break The Curse:

    It might have come across that way BTC, but so what if it did. There isn't enough money or enough talent in the 2012 free agent pool to fix what is wrong with this team. So it's a moot point.

    Pujols and Fielder aren't coming, and I'd be upset if they did. Though for some reason, a lot of Cubs fans think one of them is, and that if one of them does, we are going to win the WS next year. You and I know better. The contracts that it would take to get them would be worse than the bad contracts we already have. They have some good baseball left in them, but by the time this team really was ready to contend again, those contracts would be anchors.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Couldn't agree more. The fans who are crying for Pujols and Fielder would be the same ones on the picket line screaming that we're wasting money by benching the so called superstars. As John always says, these are sunk costs. These costs sunk our ship, it's time to let them take the money and run so we can begin to repair the hull.

  • All this has got me thinking about Tom Ricketts. With the Tribune, when the Cubs lost we let our pit bulls grab and destroy the newspaper to get even. Now, TR is the right there for Cubs fans to heckle during games. And somehow through all of this, with two losing seasons in a row on his belt, he stays the course. It is impressive. For this reason, I have to think he will pick someone who will have a great repoire with the younger players but will not be a pushover with the vets. I think he has learned where he made that mistake with Quade.

    Any smart GM or manager would want the job for two reasons:

    1. The challenge of winning after a century plus drought

    2. The plethera of talent in the lower minor leagues is consitent with what Ricketts is saying (from a bleeding Cubbie Blue interview last February (http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2011/2/9/1982909/bcb-interview-cubs-chairman-tom-ricketts-part-i):

    "BCB: So you want to bring the talent up through the system, more so than going through free agency?

    TR: The good news we have out of the system is that we have been on a pretty good run with our top draft picks. They’re becoming productive players, and they’re not just becoming productive players, they’re good guys. They’re the kind of guys you want to have on your team and from a character standpoint, we’re looking for the right people in the amateur draft and then I think we’ve been developing them pretty successfully these last few years. I can’t speak to what happened under previous drafts or administrations but I think we’ve got some good momentum on that front. We want to make sure that we keep that machine rolling and not borrow too much from the future by spending all the money up front today. So we have to find that balance."

    I have to believe that their list of candidates are long. Tom is smart, calculating, and hopefully right the huge decisions he faces this offseason.

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    In reply to Break The Curse:

    I agree BTC.

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    This is consistent with stuff I've heard Ricketts talk about in the past. I think it's exciting that the Cubs are trying to build this type of organization for a change. We haven't seen that since Dallas Green and Gordon Goldsberry tried it in the 80s somewhat successfully and similar to what McPhail tried to do (somewhat unsuccessfully)...it's nice to have an owner on board that is going to support that type of building from within the organization.

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    I'm surprised no one commented on this in the Soriano thread, and maybe it is just to out of the box or because that thread died when this one started, but I wanted to throw it out again to see if it stuck. The tangent about Figgins and the Mariners gave me an idea because the Mariners' owners are Japanese. Maybe we're trying to trade Soriano to the wrong teams.

    Soriano would probably put up decent numbers in Japan, and he already speaks some Japanese and is familiar with the culture because he played there before he became a Yankee. He would probably be a star attraction over there. I wonder if the Nippon-Ham Fighters would take on a recently renegotiated Soriano contract as part of Yu Darvish's posting fee, and if Soriano might not actually sign off on it? I wonder if some other Japanese team would be interested in Soriano.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I like the creative idea, but I don't think Soriano would consider going back to Japan. He still believes he's good and should hit in the middle of the lineup somewhere in the majors -- I don't see him taking what he would perceive as a step back to play in Japan.

    He doesn't need the money so he doesn't have an incentive to resurrect his career. He'd love to be a star again but I really believe he can still be one in the U.S.

  • Great article! I really haven't put a whole lot of thought into who I would like to see manage the Cubs. I really need to see the GM hire first, then go from there.

    I agree with a lot of what's been said here. However, I don't see the Cubs being all that far from contending again. Look at the D-Backs for example. We play in a fairly weak division, and as we all know, baseball playoffs are a crap shoot. You just have to get in, and hope you play well for a few weeks. Spend money, draft well and make good trades. Going into 2013, if Jackson is as advertised and we've added a quality SP or two, this club will be in the mix. With the assetts we've stock-piled in our low level system, and all of the available payroll we have over the next 2 seasons, there's no reason we can't compete quickly. We are a big market team, a good GM will be able to do both(build and compete).

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    In reply to dgedz27:

    Yes, we are in a weak division, and we probably could compete sooner rather than later if all the things need for it to happen fell into place, but in doing so, you might end up like the 2001 and 2002 Diamondbacks, which I think is a fair comparison to the Cubs 2007 and 2008 teams. Those teams had a very narrow window of opportunity because of how they were built. It shouldn't surprise anyone that Bob Brenly views this whole situation the way he does. He has seen it before.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I don't see this as the case at all. We have far more money to spend than anyone else in our division. In addition to that, we have a strong minor league system, with several guys that are ready to contribute, or are very close to being ready to contribute at the major league level. Our window never has to be narrow with this combination. We are a big market team...we can act like it. Hopefully the next GM won't go off the reservation with ridiculous contracts, with no trades and all sorts of other fun stuff to handicap the club for future years.

    This is why the Prince Fielder thing doesn't bother me. He fills the roll of both. He's young, so he will be productive for the next 6 years. You can probably put down .290 35-40hrs 100-130RBI and around a .950+ OPS for him as an average for that time frame. Why would we not want that? He'll be here in his prime, while we are ready to win, and he costs zero prospects. Now we can package a nice deal to say a FL for Anibal Sanchez. These two moves alone, have us competitive immediately. I mean take Fielder off the Brewers, and they take a major hit, while at the same time we make a major gain. Add another year of seasoning for our kids on the farm that are near ready, and more bucks come off the books after next year, and we can go after another front of the rotation starter in FA. The Cubs can float 130 million payroll, we don't have to endure 100 loss seasons. We can win 80-83 next year and in 2013 should be ready to compete for the division for the forseeable future.

    What would be wrong with a core of Castro , Fielder, Jackson, Garza, Sanchez, Cashner? Now add another front end starter from the FA class of 2013, and fill in with kids that are ready from the farm or quality, moderately priced vets. 2014, guys like Maples, Sczur should be ready to rock now..etc..etc...

  • In reply to dgedz27:

    I don't mind spending money as long as it doesn't hamper us long term. That's a fine line, though. When the Cubs signed Soriano, they knew it was for a short window...the next time the Cubs invest in a free agent like that, it's going to have to make sense down the road as well. If there's a sensible deal to be made out there, the Cubs should definitely not dismiss it.

  • In reply to dgedz27:

    Thanks dgedz27. I know that we tend to focus on the local guys but I wanted to point out that there's a lot of good candidates out there that we'd be missing if we didn't look outside our comfort zone.

    I'm all for contending next season if we do it the right way. I'm not interested in doing what we did after the 2006 season but if we can either acquire talent cheaply and strike gold with a prospect or two other than Jackson, then I'd be very happy.

    There's no reason to think that a couple of tweaks here and there that won't mortgage our future won't have us at least competitive again and give us something to build on for the long term as well.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I agree. I think this team can be more competitive without mortgaging the future, but then that is the key. Short-term free agent acquisitions to get us through until the kids develop are one thing, but it doesn't make any sense to trade the talent in the lower levels of our system for anyone who won't be here three or four years from now.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    That's why I think Ricketts is leaning toward a GM outside the organization. I think we need a fresh approach, find some market inefficiencies and take a second, more objective look at some of our minor league prospects. Maybe there's a Casey McGehee in there somewhere, an unheralded guy such as a Ryan Flaherty or Marquez Smith who are getting past prospect age but who may deserve a shot until some of our more talented prospects begin to surface.

  • .....Officially just saw Tyler Colvin's face on the side of milk carton....this explains the zero starts since 09/15.

  • In reply to dgedz27:

    LOL...how does that even happen? Good thing the Cubs traded Kosuke and paid nearly his whole salary so that we could get Colvin some playing time.

    It seems obvious to me now that Quade didn't want that trade at all.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I don't know, it's nuts. I think he's only had 3 AB's in that time frame. Quade has clearly thumbed his nose at Ricketts here.
    Clevenger hasn't had an AB that I'm aware of. Dolis hasn't pitched yet....Gaub's barely gotten a sniff out there, and of course there's Colvin. Since this is a thread about potential new managers, let me just say once again that Mike Quade is a clown.

  • In reply to dgedz27:

    There's no reason to play veterans for this last series. No reason we should see Hill start a game or Baker or DeWitt or Reed Johnson...

    Then again, Quade is still trying to pass Pittsburgh...

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    I guess you can take Cora off the list now, but should you put Guillen on it? LOL!

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    They're a package deal, aren't they?

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/ct-spt-0927-white-sox-next-manager--20110927,0,7401734.story

    Some of the names in this list are on you list, including Sandbergs. Honestly, the thought of Sandberg managing the White Sox makes me want to vomit. It would be almost as bad as him managing for the Cardinals.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    A couple of retreads too like Fregosi and Bell. McClaren too...Piniella tried to hire him as bench coach before he settled on Trammell instead. I could see Alomar or Martinez...

    I can't even picture Sandberg in a Sox uniform! That's probably more the local media wanting to create a stir.

    You know, I wonder if the Cubs would be that upset if Sandberg were hired. Not necessarily saying they wouldn't want him...but they probably don't want the new GM to come in and feel they have to hire him because of pressure from the fans and media. If the incoming GM already has someone else or a group of other candidates in mind, it would probably save them a big headache if someone did them the favor of hiring Sandberg.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Michael ... to add to the thought ... Sandberg managing the White Sox would be as nauseating as LaRussa managing the Cubs !!!!

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    In reply to MoneyBoy:

    Thanks MoneyBoy, I just threw up my breakfast.

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    Speaking of the GM, I still maintain that, once the season ends, this thing is going to go quick, and the new GM will be able to hit the ground running.

    I still believe that, if it is an experienced GM, it will be Beane, and to be honest, I want it to be if Ricketts goes that route. I want him to get the opportunity he gave up when he turned down Boston for what were very good personal reasons at the time. I don't see him ending up like MacPhail. First, he has a sound philosophy, and second, the Cubs now have an owner who gets it.

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