By Nick Wilder
With Joe Girardi agreeing on a contract to return and coach the New York Yankees for at least four more seasons, the Cubs must look to plan B for their manager position.
Since Dale Sveum was relieved of his duties on Sept. 30, there has been an intriguing list of possible replacements connected to the Cubs.
Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr. are believed to be in the running.
Former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen recently said he would always want to manage the Cubs, but team officials shot that idea down.
Manny Acta, former manager of the Cleveland Indians, interviewed for the Cubs job this week and is considered a strong candidate.
The Cubs also interviewed San Diego Padres executive A.J. Hinch, who figures to be right in the mix.
Even Cal Ripken Jr. said he would listen if the Cubs came calling about the position. However, there are no indications that he will be contacted by the Cubs.
With the decision very much up in the air, Theo Epstein shared his thoughts on what the Cubs are looking for in their next manager.
“We’re asking a lot of our manager,” Epstein said. “We’ve made the big-league team worse through some of these trades, and yet you’re asking the manager to keep the team playing hard, keep the team focused on winning. That’s very difficult and it requires a lot of the manager.
“It requires someone who’s dynamic. It’s going to require tremendous creativity (and energy) to tackle those issues. And I think we’ll find that in the next manager.”
David Kaplan, host of SportsTalk Live, provided an update on the chances of Greg Maddux managing the Cubs via Twitter.
So I checked in w/Greg Maddux to see if he is interested in the Cubs job? "No thank you. I want to have time to be with family in summer."— David Kaplan (@thekapman) October 10, 2013