11/17 Cubs close to naming manager
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer left the Pfister Hotel on Thursday apparently three outs away from naming a new manager.
Epstein, the Cubs president of baseball operations, and Hoyer, the team’s general manager, would not comment on reports that the Cubs have offered the manager’s job to Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum. There were reports that Sveum could be named as early as Friday.
“We can’t address anything specifically at this point,” Epstein said as he left the Pfister Hotel, site of the General Manager Meetings. “As Jed said [Wednesday], we’re at that stage. We’ve been open with [the media] throughout this process, very open, but when it gets to the final inning here, we need to keep things confidential. If and when we have somthing to announce, we’ll do so.”
A source told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Thursday morning that Sveum was offered the job but nothing had been finalized. Asked if Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts had met with the selected candidate, Epstein would not comment.
“We’ve got our closer in the game,” Epstein said. “We’ve got to get the 27th out.”
The Cubs interviewed Sveum, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Maddux apparently has withdrawn from consideration for family reasons. Asked if Epstein had told any of the candidates they were no longer in contention, he said no.
Does being in the final inning mean they could name a manager Thursday night?
“You’ve seen lots of different kind of ninth innings — one, two, three, walk, hit batter, sac bunt, walk,” Epstein said.
— Carrie Muskat