11/14 Cubs interview DeMarlo Hale

The Cubs added another name to the list of managerial candidates as GM Jed Hoyer interviewed Red Sox coach and Chicago native DeMarlo Hale for the vacancy. Hoyer conducted the interview by phone. Hale, 50, did not have to meet with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein because the two know each other well. Hale has been on the Red Sox coaching staff since 2006, first as the third base coach, and the last two seasons as Terry Francona’s bench coach.

Epstein said he and Hoyer were still reviewing the candidates before determining the next step.

“Right now, we’re in the process where we’ve completed our interviews,” Epstein said. “We’re still doing work on the phone. We’re going to step back and move into the evaluation and decision phase.”

Asked if there was a chance of any more candidates besides the five they’ve talked to, Epstein said it was unlikely. However, Francona remains in the wings, and Epstein said the two “continue to talk.”

There is no deadline to name the Cubs’ new manager, Epstein said.

“No, just getting it right — no real deadline,” he said. “This is an important week. I’d like to think we can move into the decision-making phase this week.”

Hale played for the Red Sox and Athletics from 1984-88. He started his managerial career in 1993 in the Red Sox Minor League system, and also has managed in the Rangers system. He joined the Red Sox in ’06, replacing Sveum. In 2010, Hale was reportedly one of the finalists for the Blue Jays managerial job. 

— Carrie Muskat


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