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Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said he and Theo Epstein have touched base with each of the managerial candidates on Wednesday for follow up questions. They also met Tuesday night with Dale Sveum in Milwaukee. Sveum was in town to talk to the Red Sox. With Terry Francona withdrawing from consideration, the Cubs’ list now is Sveum, the Brewers hitting coach; Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux; Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin; Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr.; and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale.
Hoyer and Epstein have spent most of Wednesday in MLB meetings and in talks with agents and teams.
– Carrie Muskat
Sandy Alomar Jr. says he started thinking about managing back in 2001. Although he has no managerial experience, he has learned a lot from his different managers, and on Friday, he interviewed with the Cubs.
“Even though I only have four years of coaching, I feel like I have done many things in a short period of time,” Alomar said.
He calls Chicago home, and his 7-year-old daughter goes to school near Wrigley Field. It would be an easy commute.
Although he played for the White Sox, Alomar did not interview for the managerial opening there.
“I don’t take that personally,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for the White Sox organization. What [GM Kenny Williams] did over there with Robin [Ventura] opens doors for many other people to take opportunities to sign managers without experience. They don’t owe me a call, they don’t owe me anything. I never said I was entitled to a phone call. They did what they did and you wish them the best of luck. Kenny always treated me with respect when I was there.”
What does he bring as a manager?
“I think I bring a lot of things to the table that maybe some of the other guys don’t bring in regards to being a player, going through injuries in their past, spending a lot of time in the Minor Leagues as a player,” he said. “I’ve played in the postseason, gone to a World Series, played for 10 different managers and they all participated in the postseason. Seven of them went to the World Series and three of them won the World Series. I’ve played for winning people all my career and that gave me the opportunity to learn their values and how to take abilities from other people and incorporate that to myself.”
The key to handling players is communication, and that would definitely apply to handling Carlos Zambrano.
“One of the things Zambrano has is he carries a lot of emotion on his sleeve,” Alomar said. “A lot of people from Latin American countries, those emotions come from way back when you’re a kid. The style of baseball that we play when we’re a kid in Puerto Rico, the Dominican, Venezuela and maybe Mexico, is when you’re a kid there, you have to win, you have to perform.
“I think as you grow, you think you have to bring that with you,” he said. “When you become professional, sometimes you treat the game like you’re still a kid. You want to have fun but there’s other things that have to be addressed.I think he’s an emotional guy. I would have to have conversations with him, try to get in his mind and see what’s going on and hopefully figure it out — otherwise bring a stun gun myself.”
Why do catchers make good managers? Alomar said it’s because of the way they view the game.
“You have to make moves on the fly, you call games on the fly,” he said. “You don’t have time to make decisions. You have to react and make decisions according to the plan you put in before the game. You visualize the whole field. Sometimes you even manage guys on the field. Having the ability to be in that position to see many players — you’re the only guy facing the other players and you’re the only guy who can see what the defensive positioning is. Having that in play, I think it helps a catcher make a lot of decisions and it happens fast. I think that’s why a lot of catchers hae the ability to manage.”
– Carrie Muskat
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
Theo Epstein spoke to Cubs season ticket holders in a conference call on Thursday and was asked about the manager search.
“The manager is a very important piece of the puzzle,” Epstein said, according to ESPN Chicago. “He’s the leader of the Major League club. I’d say we are moving forward with that, and we are probably in the sixth inning of the process. We have another candidate or more, then we will move forward into the decision-making phase. We will eventually catch him up to our process and our plans and get his input as well as we move forward.”
What is Epstein looking for?
“In the real world, it’s hard to find a candidate that has everything you’re looking for,” he said. “What you do is you weigh your variables and make your sacrifices where you have to. Often times, if you’re ging to take a candidate without previous managerial experience, even at the Minor League level, he has to represent real upside in other areas. In that case, you have to do even more due diligence than you normally would because you’re projecting him into that role.”
On Friday, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will meet with Epstein, GM Jed Hoyer and the rest of the front office to go through the interview process.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will next interview Sandy Alomar Jr. on Friday. The 45-year-old former catcher played 20 seasons in the Major Leagues, beginning in 1988 with the Padres. He also played for the Indians, White Sox, Rockies, Rangers, Dodgers and Mets. Most recently, Alomar has been the Indians bench coach. A six-time All-Star, Alomar was a catching instructor for the Mets, and a first base coach for the Indians. He interviewed with the Red Sox on Wednesday.
Alomar will be the fourth person interviewed for the Cubs job, following Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.
– Carrie Muskat