10/25 Cubs to interview Wedge

The Cubs plan on adding former Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge to the list of candidates. Sources confirmed the Cubs will talk to Wedge, 45, next week about the vacant manager’s job. Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09, and compiled a 561-573 record, and was 213-273 with the Mariners from 2011-13.

The Cubs have already talked to Manny Acta, Dave Martinez, A.J. Hinch and Rick Renteria about the manager’s job.

On Friday, there were reports the Nationals were going to hire Matt Williams as their next manager. The Reds did not take much time in promoting pitching coach Bryan Price to manager, replacing Dusty Baker.

The Cubs, Mariners and Tigers are currently in the market for a new manager.

— Carrie Muskat


I have often wondered if the players have any impact on choice of managers. I would imagine many of them have played for some of the guys the Cubs have been interviewing – do they flinch at the possibility of one manger over another? Do they play better under one manager or another, etc. How do we find a manager who not only knows the game but who more importantly can inspire the players to excel?

Yes, White, you identified the most important quality needed in a manager, i.e motivating players to give all they’ve got. It is an inexact science finding those skippers.

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