9/3 Manager search
Cubs GM Jim Hendry rejoined the team Friday after spending a few days with the Triple-A Iowa team and its manager, Ryne Sandberg. A candidate for the Cubs job, Sandberg was named the Pacific Coast League manager of the year on Friday. His Iowa team begins a four-game series Friday against Memphis and needs to win three of four to advance to the playoffs.
Hendry did talk with Sandberg about the Cubs job but says it wasn’t a formal interview.
“He needs to finish the season,” Hendry said. “We’re not in any rush to complete interview processes or things like that. It was more normal dialogue and get together after the game. It was no different than if I was going into Iowa in the middle of May.”
There were reports that Fredi Gonzalez was a front runner for the Cubs job.
“I told everybody I would not do that and I’m not going to get into comments about everybody,” Hendry said. “The process will take the same time frame I said it would. You’ll read different speculation every day about who the front runner is and who’s eliminated and who’s not. Trust me, it’s all basically conjecture because I haven’t talked to anybody about any of it.
“There is no leading candidate, there hasn’t been and there won’t be until I take the final evaluations to [owner] Tom Ricketts and his family,” Hendry said. “There’s no sense talking about it really.”
Hendry has watched the team under Mike Quade, who is 6-3 since taking over Aug. 23 for Lou Piniella. Quade also is a candidate for the Cubs job.
“I think Mike’s done a real nice job of getting everybody involved and giving people chances and putting people in spots that we’d like them to be in so we can see who we’ve got at the end of the year,” Hendry said. “It’s not an easy job when you take over with five or six weeks left and I think he’s off to a real good start and handled himself at the highest level on and off the field.”
– Carrie Muskat