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10/29 Manager update

The Cubs did interview Eric Wedge at Wrigley Field today for the manager’s job. Wedge, 45, was the American League manager of the year in 2007 when the Indians won 96 games and finished first in the American League Central. He compiled a 561-573 record in Cleveland but was dismissed after a 97-loss season in 2009. Wedge has been the Mariners manager since 2011, posting a 213-273 record, but left the team before the regular season ended, saying it was “painfully obvious” that he wasn’t part of Seattle’s future. Wedge also missed 27 games this season after suffering a minor stroke.

Meanwhile, Rick Renteria, 51, is a hot commodity. He has interviewed for the Cubs’ opening as well as the Mariners, and there were reports Monday that Renteria was going to talk to the Tigers. The Tigers also have interviewed Brad Ausmus, who Comcast Sportsnet Chicago says also could be on the Cubs’ list. Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski knows Renteria from their time with the Marlins. Renteria managed for four years in the Marlins system. Padres manager Bud Black told the Detroit Free Press that Renteria “has the leadership qualities that a manager needs to have.”

The Cubs now have talked to Wedge, Renteria, Dave Martinez, A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta.

– Carrie Muskat

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

10/19 The Q factor

On Tuesday, the Cubs officially promoted Mike Quade to the big leagues. He signed a two-year contract with the team and after 17 seasons and 2,378 games in such towns as Macon, Scranton, Huntsville and Des Moines, he’s now the Cubs manager.

“I don’t know how anybody could’ve done better than he did,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said of Quade after the regular season finale Oct. 3.

“Q” was picked over Ryne Sandberg, which will upset more than a few Cubs fans who wanted the Hall of Fame second baseman back at Wrigley Field and in the dugout. It’s unlikely Sandberg will be on the Cubs coaching staff.

Others considered for the Cubs job included Eric Wedge, who was named manager of the Mariners, and former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin. This is the third manager to be named by Hendry, who gave Dusty Baker a four-year contract, starting in 2003, and hired Lou Piniella in October 2006.

Quade, 53, took over for Piniella on Aug. 23 and is the fifth Cubs manager to post a .600 or better winning percentage as a mid-season replacement. Whitey Lockman did so 1972 after replacing Leo Durocher, guiding the Cubs to a 39-26 mark. Others to accomplish the feat include Frank Chance in 1905 (55-33); Charlie Grimm in 1932 (37-18); and Gabby Hartnett in 1938 (44-27).

– Carrie Muskat

10/12 Cubs manager update

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts has met with the four managerial candidates but there is no timetable for when the team will name its next skipper. Ricketts would not comment on the managerial search but a source confirmed he has interviewed each of the candidates.

The four include Mike Quade, Ryne Sandberg, Eric Wedge and Bob Melvin. Quade, who has spent 17 seasons managing in the Minor Leagues, compiled a 24-13 mark when he took over for Lou Piniella. Sandberg is coming off a season at Triple-A Iowa where he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year. It was his fourth season managing in the Cubs’ Minor League system.

Ricketts was in Mesa, Ariz., on Tuesday to campaign for Proposition 420, which will be on the general election ballot Nov. 2. The measure is designed to allow the city to spend up to $84 million for a new Spring Training stadium and practice facilities for the Cubs.

– Carrie Muskat

10/2 Melvin in town

Cubs GM Jim Hendry will interview former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin this weekend in Houston, according to the Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) newspaper. Hendry had talked to Melvin when he interviewed managers prior to the 2003 season. The Cubs hired Dusty Baker at that time. Melvin managed the Mariners from 2003-04, compiling a 156-168 record. He finished second in the American League West in ’03. He joined the Diamondbacks in 2005 and in five seasons was 337-340, finishing first in ’07 and second in ’05 and ’08. He was let go in 2009 after the team got off to a 12-17 start. So far, Hendry has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who managed the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team.

The Cubs are 23-12 under Mike Quade, second-best record in the Major Leagues since Aug. 23. Only the Phillies have a better mark at 26-11.

– Carrie Muskat

9/14 Cubs manager search

Cubs GM Jim Hendry is expected to interview former Mariners and D-backs manager Bob Melvin for the team’s managerial position, according to ESPN.com. Currently a scout for the Mets, Melvin interviewed for the Cubs job in 2003 but Hendry chose Dusty Baker. Melvin then got the Mariners job.

Hendry already has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and had some preliminary discussions with Ryne Sandberg, named Pacific Coast League manager of the year this season at Triple-A Iowa. Pat Listach, Bob Brenly and current manager Mike Quade also will be considered for the Cubs job in 2011.

On Monday, Hendry said Quade was doing an “outstanding job” since taking over Aug. 23 for Lou Piniella, who retired earlier than planned to go home and take care of family business. The Cubs are 12-7 under Quade.

“He’s certainly done a very good job,” Hendry said. “Like I told him, I was never hung up on what our record would be. We’re winning our share and getting improvement out of some of the young kids. I give him a lot of credit. I think he’s done a real good job so far.”

The Cubs want the manager in place by the organizational meetings, held in early November. Hendry will compile a short list of candidates to present to the Cubs owners.

– Carrie Muskat

Popularity contest

Apparently, neither Chicago baseball manager is very popular with players. In a survey of 380 Major League players, 26 percent said they did not want to play for Lou Piniella and 21 percent said they did not want to play for Ozzie Guillen. The results will be published in this week’s Sports Illustrated. Tony La Russa was third among least favorite managers, as 10 percent said no to the Cardinals skipper, while the Dodgers’ Joe Torre and Indians’ Eric Wedge were tied for fourth, each getting 4 percent of the vote. Note that players were not allowed to vote for their own manager.

They are fickle. In last week’s SI poll, Torre finished second when players were asked which manager they most wanted to play for.

– Carrie Muskat 

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