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With Jim Leyland announcing his resignation on Monday, there is now another team looking for a new manager besides the Cubs, who have talked to Dave Martinez, Rick Renteria, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta. Those four are believed to be the only ones the Cubs have interviewed. Leyland, 68, told the Tigers in September that he wanted this to be his last season; he will remain in that organization in another capacity. He’s not an option for the Cubs.
The Tigers now join the Cubs, the Mariners and the Nationals who are in the market for a new skipper. The Reds were expected to name pitching coach Bryan Price as their manager on Tuesday. There were reports that Theo Epstein wanted to interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, 48, who Boston manager John Farrell felt was ready for a promotion. Lovullo’s name also was mentioned as a possible successor in Detroit. Epstein hired Lovullo to manage the Red Sox’s Triple-A Pawtucket team in 2010.
MLB discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, so the Cubs most likely will not be having a news conference at Wrigley Field any time soon to reveal the team’s 53rd manager. The only deadline Epstein has set is to have someone in place by Nov. 11 when the GM meetings are held.
FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reports a name to keep in mind for the Cubs managerial opening is A.J. Hinch, current Padres assistant GM and former Diamondbacks manager. Hinch also was the Diamondbacks former farm director, so he has experience with young players. Rosenthal says that according to sources, Hinch is on the Cubs’ list of possibilities, and says he’s a “more viable candidate” than Brad Ausmus.
Hinch, 39, was a catcher from 1998-2004 with the Athletics, Royals, Tigers and Phillies, compiling a career .219 batting average. He took over for Bob Melvin as the Diamondbacks manager in 2009 even though he had never managed or coached at any level. He was fired on July 1, 2010, following a 31-48 start.
He’s currently vice president of scouting for the Padres. What may be appealing to the Cubs front office is that he has a psychology degree from Stanford. Hinch worked with Hoyer on the Padres staff.