8/6 Manager search
GM Jim Hendry says he expects the search for the next manager to be an extensive process as he tries to find the right guy for what he called a “marquee job in the industry.”
“It’s going to be a long process, it’s going to be a couple months process,” Hendry said Friday. “I don’t have a definite time frame on it.”
The only deadline is that the Cubs would like to have the next manager in place by their organizational meetings, which are usually held the first week of November. Lou Piniella announced July 20 that he is retiring at the end of this season with the Cubs. This weekend, the Cubs are playing the first-place Cincinnati Reds, managed by Dusty Baker, who preceded Piniella in Chicago from 2003-06.
“I’ve hired two really good managers who did well the first couple years and for a lot of reasons — and not blaming them — but things didn’t always go on an upscale plan and we got derailed a couple times,” Hendry said.
“It’s a huge decision now going forward because I don’t think in a long time we’ve had this many people coming up on a fairly steady path and a lot more coming from the system,” Hendry said. “It’s a big decision moving forward and I take the responsibility of getting it right very seriously.”
Hendry planned on touring the Cubs’ Minor League system with stops at Triple-A Iowa at least once and possibly twice before Sept. 1. That will give him a chance to talk to Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg, who has made it known he’d like to one day manage the big league team.
Hendry will consult with special assistant and four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux as well.
“As everyone knows, this is a marquee job in the industry and you won’t find too many people who wouldn’t have interest in becoming the manager of the Cubs and that’s the way we have to look at it,” Hendry said. “We have a plum job and we found that the last two times — Lou and Dusty really wanted this job. Both did really well at it and we’ll go about our business and take our time until we find the right guy.”
— Carrie Muskat