Could the Tigers' managerial search affect Cubs?

Could the Tigers' managerial search affect Cubs?
October 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
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CSN Staff

By Nick Wilder

The new managerial opening for the Detroit Tigers may affect the Cubs’ search for a manager.

Jim Leyland stepped down as the Tigers manager on Monday after winning two pennants and three division titles with Detroit in eight seasons. However, the core of the Tigers’ team will likely remain intact for at least next season, which will be enticing for many candidates around the league searching for a job.

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The SportsTalk Live panel discussed the possibility of the Tigers’ opening having an effect on the Cubs’ search.

David Kaplan, host of SportsTalk Live, thinks that Ozzie Guillen should be given a shot with the Cubs by at least meeting with the team's front office.

“I think that the Cubs should sit down at least and talk to [Ozzie Guillen] and find out if they can find a common ground,” Kaplan said. “If they can’t, then they move on.”

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Another panelist, Hub Arkush, offered his thoughts on the Tigers' managerial situation.

“You’ve got arguable the best pitching in baseball, two or three MVP candidates, you don’t want a manager to come in and make himself the story,” Arkush said. “I can’t imagine Dusty Baker or Ozzie Guillen [managing the Tigers]. Brad Ausmus is an interesting name.”