Many Interested In Managing Cubs

It's barely been 24 hours since Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced his intention to retire after the season, but many potential successors have already indicated that they wouldn't mind replacing him. Here's the latest on some of the candidates GM Jim Hendry could consider after the season:

  • Cubs TV announcer and former D'Backs manager Bob Brenly told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he would have interest in the gig, should the Cubs want to discuss anything.
  • Cubs bench coach and former Tigers manager Alan Trammell was reluctant to discuss the opening, but told Sullivan that he would revisit it at an "appropriate" time.
  • Nationals third base coach Pat Listach told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he doesn't know "anybody on the planet" who wouldn't be interested in managing the Cubs. Listach managed in the Cubs' system for three seasons.
  • Joe Torre, who is in the final year of his contract, told the AP that he doesn't expect to manage for a team other than the Dodgers in 2011. However, Torre didn't want to "rule anything out."
  • And Ryne Sandberg told ESPN Radio that he is "ready" to manage the Cubs. The Hall of Famer is managing the Cubs' Triple A affiliate.


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stewie75
5 years 1 month ago

Wouldn’t mind seeing Bobby V manage with Ryno as his right-hand man. He said on CSN today that he’d rather manage elsewhere than be on the side for the Cubs, though. I’m a lifelong Cubs fan but I have to admit I don’t know anything about him as a manager besides the random clippings he gets in Chicago for getting tossed over in Iowa.

5 years 1 month ago

Bobby Valentine?! Are you kidding me? How can you say you’ve been a lifetime Cub fan and not despise everything affiliated with the Mets? Bobby V is a joke and he shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the Cubs.

Ryno sounds like he’s ready to go and I think it would be foolish for the Cubs to pass on him and let him go somewhere else; in much the same way they did with Girardi. Ryno has coached many of the the kids playing on the team now and holds his teammates to the high standard we’ve been lacking on this team for some time.

It’s Ryno time.

Just_MLB
5 years 1 month ago

why would a cubs fan despise the mets ?

is there a rivalry i dont know about it or did the inferiority complex that has plagued the Northeast ( see Boston & Philly ) move its way over to Chi-town?

Dobanin
5 years 1 month ago

1969

5 years 1 month ago

Coming from someone who lives in the Chicagoland area, the first name that came to my mind when Piniella made his announcement yesterday, was Joey Cora.

MickeyScales
5 years 1 month ago

I think they should stick with the Second baseman that played for the Cubs. Not the White Sox.

MickeyScales
5 years 1 month ago

I think they should stick with the Second baseman that played for the Cubs. Not the White Sox.

5 years 1 month ago

I think Sandberg’s got it if he really wants it. Can’t see any way they say no to him.

Smileybush
5 years 1 month ago

What difference does it really make who manages the Cubs? As long as you have mopes like Tommy Boy Hendry and Crane Kenney running the organization – they just aint gonna do well. The Cubs have very recently brought in top managers like Dusty (who was the hottest manager free agent in MLB when he left the Giants) and Lou. Both Dusty and Lou were able to work some magic the first 2 years, but then, as always, the wheels fell off. And not only did those Cub teams disappoint – they were some of the most pathetic, fundamentally unsound teams loaded with unlikeable players. Hendry just never seems to learn from his mistakes (despite the wealth of material)

frontdeskmike
5 years 1 month ago

I bet Steve Stone would jump at the opportunity if given the chance…

MickeyScales
5 years 1 month ago

Hope that was a joke in referring to Pinellas comments about Steve Stone.

aap212
5 years 1 month ago

For a second, I thought it said, “MANNY interested in managing Cubs.” That would be amazing.

Chris Solberg
5 years 1 month ago

Exactly what I read as I was skimming through the headlines. It would be hilarious to see him argue with umps.

5 years 1 month ago

Same exact thing I thought I saw. Then I was like “Naw… unless it’s Manny Acta?”

WrigleyTerror37
5 years 1 month ago

Bob Brendly and Sandsburg are my finally 2 canadaties. me and my dad have been saying it for years now. then all the organization needs to do is promote henery then fire him so G.Maddex can take over.

5 years 1 month ago

The dream situation to me would be Bob Brenly as the manager, Ryne Sandberg as the bench coach, and Mark Grace replacing Bob in the tv booth with Len.

5 years 1 month ago

The dream situation to me would be Bob Brenly as the manager, Ryne Sandberg as the bench coach, and Mark Grace replacing Bob in the tv booth with Len.

5 years 1 month ago

I hate it when Mad Ex’s take over.

Lookouts400
5 years 1 month ago

Any one know if Buck Showalter is interested in or might be under consideration for the Cubs’ job? He’s supposed to be the front runner for the Orioles’ job, but they haven’t made an offer to him.

CubsWorldChampsPleaseB4IDie
5 years 1 month ago

Doesn’t matter who’s manages the Cubs, get me some players that know how to play baseball.

5 years 1 month ago

Sandberg asked for the job last time and was told he’d need some experience, even if it was in the minors. He said, fine where do I start? They told him all they has single-A Peoria. He took it, then spent two years riding buses, eating hot dogs, and dragging his own infield. He also won a league championship. Then he was promoted to AA–slightly better hot dogs, another championship. Now he’s managing the AAA Iowa Cubs. They’re in first place.

If you tell a Hall of Famer he can have a shot with the big club if he pays his dues in the minors, and he does it, winning a championship at every stop, how could you possibly deny him the job?

5 years 1 month ago

From an outsider looking in, shouldn’t the job be offered to you before you say “I’m ready”? Like their are no other candidates up for the job. His resume speaks for itself, there’s no doubting that..

BlueCatuli
5 years 1 month ago

Mike Quade

BlueCatuli
5 years 1 month ago

Mike Quade

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Bobby V is a proven winner and there is no debating that. Maybe Cubs fans should think of that before jumping on this Sandberg bandwagon, unless just want him to manage a couple years, get him fired while all the albatross contracts that hendry gave out expire maybe??

cubnation
5 years 1 month ago

BV doesnt have the cajones to do what its gonna take to get things turned around in chicago. Too bad sparky andersons not available. We need an arse eater, someone that will tell these over paid babys how it is and how its going to be. And then he has to be the guy that will sit them if they comply. Sandberg or torre for me. I’d be very happy with torre. very happy

cubnation
5 years 1 month ago

BV doesnt have the cajones to do what its gonna take to get things turned around in chicago. Too bad sparky andersons not available. We need an arse eater, someone that will tell these over paid babys how it is and how its going to be. And then he has to be the guy that will sit them if they comply. Sandberg or torre for me. I’d be very happy with torre. very happy

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

Bobby V is a proven winner and there is no debating that. Maybe Cubs fans should think of that before jumping on this Sandberg bandwagon, unless just want him to manage a couple years, get him fired while all the albatross contracts that hendry gave out expire maybe??

5 years 1 month ago

I think the realistic choices are Bob Brenly, Ryne Sandberg and Allen Trammell

5 years 1 month ago

I think the realistic choices are Bob Brenly, Ryne Sandberg and Allen Trammell

5 years 1 month ago

Ya gotta let Ryno take a stab at it..Keep Trammel as a bench coach and let maddux become either the GM or the Pitching Coach…Ryno did everything they asked him to, took the boys that will be playing for the next few years and taught them to play ball. Many times Ive seen him use is 3 or 4 hitter to sack bunt, when asked about it he said “My job is to teach these guys to play ball, who knows where they will bat in the majors, they need to be ready” stuff like this shows he has the organization at heart not just a legacy…

5 years 1 month ago

Ya gotta let Ryno take a stab at it..Keep Trammel as a bench coach and let maddux become either the GM or the Pitching Coach…Ryno did everything they asked him to, took the boys that will be playing for the next few years and taught them to play ball. Many times Ive seen him use is 3 or 4 hitter to sack bunt, when asked about it he said “My job is to teach these guys to play ball, who knows where they will bat in the majors, they need to be ready” stuff like this shows he has the organization at heart not just a legacy…

johnsilver
5 years 1 month ago

If a butt chewer and someone to get players fired up, or run them out of town is what you want.. Even better than Sparky Anderson ins Earl Weaver.. NOBODY is more of a proven winner and butt chewer than “Earl the pearl” Weaver and even at 80, imagine he would gladly spit tobacco juice and take a baseball bat to people like zambrano if they get out of line under his leadership.