Results tagged ‘ Terry Francona ’

11/16 Cubs follow up with managerial candidates

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

11/16 Francona says will take year off

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona does not expect to be filling out lineup cards in 2012. In an interview with on Wednesday, Francona said it was best to take a step back for a season. That would eliminate him from the Cubs’ managerial vacancy, for which he had been mentioned loosely as a candidate by Theo Epstein.

“I’m not going to try to manage next year,” Francona told’s Sean McAdam, “for my benefit.”

Last week, Francona interviewed with the Cardinals, but they went with Mike Matheny instead.

“When I interviewed in St. Louis, I was genuinely excited about it,” said Francona. “St. Louis was such an exciting opportunity. But we were all  beaten up at the end of the year, and after [interviewing] I took a step back and began to look at things realistically.”

And what about the Cubs, who have yet to select a manager?

“I’ve talked to Theo numerous times,” Francona said. “We both know each other well enough where we can be honest with each other. I don’t think it’s the right opportunity.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/14 Cubs interview DeMarlo Hale

The Cubs added another name to the list of managerial candidates as GM Jed Hoyer interviewed Red Sox coach and Chicago native DeMarlo Hale for the vacancy. Hoyer conducted the interview by phone. Hale, 50, did not have to meet with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein because the two know each other well. Hale has been on the Red Sox coaching staff since 2006, first as the third base coach, and the last two seasons as Terry Francona’s bench coach.

Epstein said he and Hoyer were still reviewing the candidates before determining the next step.

“Right now, we’re in the process where we’ve completed our interviews,” Epstein said. “We’re still doing work on the phone. We’re going to step back and move into the evaluation and decision phase.”

Asked if there was a chance of any more candidates besides the five they’ve talked to, Epstein said it was unlikely. However, Francona remains in the wings, and Epstein said the two “continue to talk.”

There is no deadline to name the Cubs’ new manager, Epstein said.

“No, just getting it right — no real deadline,” he said. “This is an important week. I’d like to think we can move into the decision-making phase this week.”

Hale played for the Red Sox and Athletics from 1984-88. He started his managerial career in 1993 in the Red Sox Minor League system, and also has managed in the Rangers system. He joined the Red Sox in ’06, replacing Sveum. In 2010, Hale was reportedly one of the finalists for the Blue Jays managerial job. 

— Carrie Muskat


11/9 Francona update

Terry Francona interviewed with the Cardinals on Wednesday. There has been speculation that Francona could rejoin Theo Epstein in Chicago with the Cubs, who are also looking for a manager. Francona was the only manager Epstein hired in Boston when he was GM there.

However, the Cubs might not be the right fit for Francona. Epstein acknowledged as much last week.

“I’ve talked to Theo a bunch, actually, which I’ve appreciated,” Francona told’s Ian Browne on Wednesday. “Theo and I are always going to be friends, regardless of what happens, so that’s good.”

— Carrie Muskat

11/3 Francona may be added to list

If the Cubs did consider Terry Francona as a possible managerial candidate, Theo Epstein said he wouldn’t need to conduct an interview.

“I know him like the back of my hand, and he knows me like the back of his hand,” Epstein said Thursday. “Neither one of us is sure he’s the right fit [for the Cubs].”

Francona was Epstein’s first managerial hire, and only one, back in 2003. Now, Epstein is going over a list for the Cubs job. Francona is available, having left the Red Sox at the end of the season.

“Clearly, he would be at the top of anybody’s list as far as available managers,” Epstein said. “I think that’s true of any organization who looked at and said, who is somebody with experience and a proven winner who would be a real  asset. He’s got to be at or close to the top of the list. I think it has to be the right fit here. I think he needs to figure whether this is right for him.

“I’m not sure it is, and Tito’s not sure it is,” Epstein said.

Although Epstein is hoping the Cubs can have the same success the Red Sox did when he was the GM, he isn’t trying to duplicate everything in Chicago.

“I already brought in two guys who I worked closely with at the Red Sox in Jed [Hoyer] and Jason [McLeod],” Epstein said. “This doesn’t need to be the Boston show recreated in Chicago completely. I think for my growth as an executive, maybe it’s the right thing to work with a new manager, maybe for Tito’s growth as a manager it’s better to work with a new boss. As I mentioned when I left Boston, you don’t want to live in the past. Eight years, 10 years is a long time to be at one place and with the same dynamics.”

— Carrie Muskat