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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

7/25 Dog show

Big Z has a new little friend. Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano brought his new dog, a 10-week-old Shar Pei named Little Z, into the clubhouse prior to Saturday’s game. The puppy didn’t seem to respond to Zambrano’s calls or whistles, whether in Spanish or English, but did like treats from the kitchen. The dog also isn’t paper trained, and made a mess on the clubhouse carpet, right in front of a locker occupied by Japanese hitting coach Kyosuke Sasaki. However, Sasaki said it was good luck. Some of the young Cubs players agreed. Former Iowa manager Pat Listach had a dog named Henry who occasionally made a deposit next to a player’s locker. Coincidentally, that player often was called up to the big leagues — which is exactly what happened to Carlos Marmol. However, don’t expect more dogs in the clubhouse.

– Carrie Muskat

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