8/22 Who's next as Cubs manager?

There has been speculation that Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg is the front runner to take over for Lou Piniella next season. The Iowa Cubs are in first place in their division.

“I don’t have a front runner and haven’t had a front runner,” GM Jim Hendry said. “I’ve said from the day Lou announced his retirement [July 20] that I would take a long, extensive time to do what I thought was best for the organization in the future.

“It’s a very important decision,” Hendry said of the next Cubs manager, which will be his third hire, following Dusty Baker and Piniella. “There has never been a leading candidate and there isn’t one as I sit here today in the month of August.”

Hendry said Mike Quade, who will take over starting Monday, deserved the opportunity to manage the team for the remaining five weeks or so and will “be a strong candidate for the future.”

“To label anyone as the favorite would be absolutely foolish,” Hendry said.

– Carrie Muskat

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