11/3 Mackanin, Maddux to interview
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will start the interview process for the next Cubs manager on Friday when they meet with Philies bench coach Pete Mackanin. The Cubs also have asked permission to interview Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, brother of Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux. Other names that could be possible candidates include Brewers coach Dale Sveum, Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Rays coach Dave Martinez. Terry Francona is a possibility, but Epstein says he wouldn’t have to interview the former Red Sox manager. The two worked together for eight years in Boston.
Part of the interview process will include having the candidates meet with the media and also discussing theories regarding game situations. For example, Epstein and Hoyer can present the manager candidate with a situation, stats, how much the bullpen has been used, and then ask how he would react.
– Carrie Muskat