11/11 Epstein talks to season tix holders

Theo Epstein spoke to Cubs season ticket holders in a conference call on Thursday and was asked about the manager search.

“The manager is a very important piece of the puzzle,” Epstein said, according to ESPN Chicago. “He’s the leader of the Major League club. I’d say we are moving forward with that, and we are probably in the sixth inning of the process. We have another candidate or more, then we will move forward into the decision-making phase. We will eventually catch him up to our process and our plans and get his input as well as we move forward.”

What is Epstein looking for?

“In the real world, it’s hard to find a candidate that has everything you’re looking for,” he said. “What you do is you weigh your variables and make your sacrifices where you have to. Often times, if you’re ging to take a candidate without previous managerial experience, even at the Minor League level, he has to represent real upside in other areas. In that case, you have to do even more due diligence than you normally would because you’re projecting him into that role.”

On Friday, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will meet with Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and the rest of the front office to go through the interview process.

— Carrie Muskat

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