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11/11 Cubs complete 1st round with four candidates

The Cubs completed the first round of interviews on Friday, meeting with Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and GM Jed Hoyer said the next step is to discuss whether they need to ask more questions or consider other candidates. Alomar was No. 4, following Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. Asked if that was the field, Hoyer said, “Probably, yes. We may make some phone calls. I wouldn’t guarantee that it is but we feel really good about the four guys we brought in. We had four very good interviews. I wouldn’t  rule out an additional candidate but it’s not a certainty.”

As for Terry Francona, Hoyer said the former Red Sox manager has talked to Theo Epstein, but that’s it.

Hoyer said he was impressed by how prepared the four candidates were, although Mackanin, Sveum and Alomar had a slight edge in that they also were interviewed by the Red Sox so they got a “dress rehearsal” for the Cubs process, which is similar.

What’s the timetable? Hoyer and Epstein will continue discussions next week at the GM meetings in Milwaukee.

“We want to make the right decision, not the quick decision,” Hoyer said. “We’ll be in Milwaukee next week. We’ll have a lot of meetings, a lot of conversations with other GMs and agents, but Theo and I will spend a lot of time on this process as well.”

* Regarding compensation between the Cubs and Red Sox for Epstein, Hoyer said that matter will be discussed next week at the GM meetings in Milwaukee. MLB officials will be present in case an arbitrator is needed.

– Carrie Muskat

11/7 Mike Maddux to talk to Cubs Wednesday

Mike Maddux confirmed Monday he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Red Sox manager’s job but he will interview with the Cubs on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. The Cubs had asked permission to speak with the Rangers pitching coach about their managerial opening. Maddux talked to his family before deciding to go ahead and come to Chicago. As for the Red Sox job, Maddux told Peter Gammons: “We’re in a good situation. My family moved here, the kids will be in school for three more years here.” The Cubs interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin on Friday and Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum on Monday.

– Carrie Muskat

11/4 Mackanin interviews; Sveum is next

Pete Mackanin said his interview for the Cubs managerial job was thorough and a little exhausting.

“It was very comprehensive,” Mackanin said Friday. “They didn’t let me up for air — they just keep pounding questions at you. It’s very interesting and fun. It’s great getting to know these guys and seeing what’s on their minds. It’s just a nice  process to go through.”

The Phillies bench coach was prepared somewhat for the questions from Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and others because he interviewed Monday with the Red Sox. Mackanin, 60, said the process was similar but different questions. It began with dinner Thursday night.

“They put me through the grinder last night and I couldn’t enjoy my dinner,” Mackanin said. “They covered an awful lot of ground in regards to strategy, type of philosophy, things like that.”

Mackanin grew up in Chicago, attended Brother Rice High School. He said he had heroes on both sides of town.

“Obviously, now I’m a big Cubs fan,” he said. “It would be really exciting to be part of the Cubs going all the way, to be able to contribute to that and be able to participate in that would be really exciting.”

Next up will be Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who will interview on Monday. The Cubs also have asked and received permission to talk to Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, who was scheduled to meet with the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Sveum is halfway through a two-year contract with the Brewers that he signed in October 2010. Some of the players lobbied for the Brewers to keep him after he finished the 2008 season as interim manager. But Milwaukee management decided it wanted someone with more experience and hired Ken Macha. Sveum was passed over again last winter when the Brewers hired Ron Roenicke.

– Carrie Muskat

11/3 Mackanin, Maddux to interview

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will start the interview process for the next Cubs manager on Friday when they meet with Philies bench coach Pete Mackanin. The Cubs also have asked permission to interview Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, brother of Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux. Other names that could be possible candidates include Brewers coach Dale Sveum, Indians coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Rays coach Dave Martinez. Terry Francona is a possibility, but Epstein says he wouldn’t have to interview the former Red Sox manager. The two worked together for eight years in Boston.

Part of the interview process will include having the candidates meet with the media and also discussing theories regarding game situations. For example, Epstein and Hoyer can present the manager candidate with a situation, stats, how much the bullpen has been used, and then ask how he would react.

– Carrie Muskat

11/3 Manager search – UPDATED

ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that Pete Mackanin was to be interviewed by the Cubs for the manager’s job while SI.com’s Jon Heyman says the Cubs have asked for permission to talk to Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux. Mackanin, 60, was the Phillies’ bench coach. The Red Sox also talked to Mackanin, as well as Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, who could also be a candidate for the Cubs’ job. Sveum’s first game as manager was at Wrigley Field in 2008 when he took over with 12 games left for Ned Yost. “The first pitch was thrown at Wrigley, I was right at home,” Sveum, 47, told Boston media on Wednesday. The team finished 7-5 and made the playoffs that year.

– Carrie Muskat

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