Mike Maddux comes in for an interview today (suck it, Boston), and we’ll have more on that and some rumors later today. Until then, bullets…

  • Royals’ GM Dayton Moore clarified his comments yesterday about the Royals having interest in Carlos Zambrano, concededly doing so because talking about acquiring a player under contract with another team is a no-no (no matter how much that player’s current team would love other GMs to publicly discuss how much they want that player). “It’s our job as a baseball operations department to listen and explore every potential opportunity that would improve our team,” Moore said. “We spend countless hours doing so and we invite everybody’s opinion as to how it pertains to how we could improve our team. And if one of our people brought up Carlos Zambrano, I would listen and ask questions about why they believe that. That’s all that was and I responded in that spirit.”
  • As expected, the Cubs will bring in Sandy Alomar, Jr. for an interview later this week. Alomar, who has been coaching since retiring from a 20-year catching career in 2007, is interviewing with the Red Sox today. Given Alomar’s relative lack of experience, he strikes me as the “high risk, high reward” candidate in the Cubs’ group. Then again, none of the Cubs’ primary candidates has much managerial experience (if any), so I guess they’ve all got that risk associated with them.
  • Speaking of managerial interviews, it sounds like the Cardinals interviewed Terry Francona yesterday (apparently they aren’t doing the post-interview media thing, a la the Cubs and Red Sox), and will be interviewing Ryne Sandberg today (along with third base coach Jose Oquendo – two interviews in one day? Either the interviews aren’t all that comprehensive (or are “first” interviews), or the candidates are being passed around during their day of interviews).
  • Ken Rosenthal says there was “significant progress” in collective bargaining agreement talks yesterday, but doesn’t go into detail beyond that. So, um, swell.
  • Carrie Muskat takes questions, and notes that the managerial search is not about loyalty or popularity – it seems she’s gotten fed up with Ryne Sandberg emails.
  • 10,000 days since the Ryne Sandberg Game.
  • Obstructed View interviews Bill James.
  • Fishin Phil

     Given Alomar’s relative lack of experience, he strikes me as the “high risk, high reward” candidate in the Cubs’ group.


    Would that qualify as a Bold Change?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Fairly bold, indeed.

  • Sam

    I think I would cry if Ryne Sandberg became the next Cardinals manager

    • Dave H

      I see Jose Oquendo getting that job.  Ryne is being used a publicity stunt.  I do agree though, a little part of me will die to see Sandberg on the back of a Cardinal jersey.

  • Serio

    Alomar as bench coach?? …..maybe

    • hansman1982

      I would love that but those decisions are generally left to the manager…

  • cccubfan

    I don’t blame her for being tired of the Sandberg questions. Theo said he is not the man right now so that’s that. We would all love to see Ryno back in the Cub uniform but not right now. As far as him managing the Cardinals, I doubt it. They did that as a slap in the face to Cub fans. Trying to get some attention away from Theo and Jed and back on them. I think it would be great to see them hire Alomar as manager, Maddux as pitching coach, Sveum as third base coach and Mackanin as bench coach. Maybe that’s what they got in mind. Front office and field dream teams…who knows….

    • JulioZuleta

      It is good to dream, but those guys wouldn’t leave, nor would they be allowed to leave the places they’re in now for a lateral move.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I agree with you, and you might be making an intentional funny, but, like, Jed Hoyer.

        (again, I agree with you – I’m just being goofy)

    • Toosh

      Not all of us.

  • Mike Foster

    I’m with Carrie, totally sick of the Sandberg push. Please, let’s get someone with MAJOR league experience. It would be great to have him manage when he’s ready……

  • Robbo

    This has to be a done deal that Maddux is new Cubs skipper, right? If his goal is to become an MLB manager why would he turn down a potential opportunity with the Sox? I mean this is a guy that played in Boston but never played in Chicago. Could Theo have secretly interviewed him last week and put him on top of list for Cubs with today’s interview being a formality. Something strange going on.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I don’t know, Robbo. It really could be the family thing. It may seem strange to some folks, but it’s hard to really know what goes on behind closed doors.

    • Bails17

      I doubt an interview took place…but there sure could have been some serious phone conversations going on.  My guess is one of these two:

      1.  Maddux feels he might be able to make the commute work between Chicago and Texas vs. Boston and Texas.   And now he just needs to see if it will be a good fit for him.

      2.  There have been some serious discussions about how his brother…that other Maddux…Greg might fit into the picture if he is hired.  This would give him the opportunity to work with him for the first time.

  • Sam

    “According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon has hired agent Scott Boras and could be posted in time to play in MLB next season.

    Yoon won MVP honors of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2011 and played in the World Baseball Classic in 2009. Standing at six-feet and 180 pounds, he tops out at 93 mph on his fastball and also throws a changeup and a hard slider. The 25-year-old right-hander posted a 2.45 ERA and 178 strikeouts in 172 1/3 innings with the Kia Tigers this season. Boras plans to talk with him soon about the possibility of entering the posting system. If he chooses against posting, he would be a free agent following the 2012 season. Boras also represents 24-year-old left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who can post before next season and could be a free agent in 2014.”
    Source: Rotoworld.com
    • die hard

      check their bc as I dont believe ages of the foreign players

      • Wilbur

        I am seriously with Diehard on this one …

  • ISU Birds

    Sandberg is going to get the Cards job but his Cubs faithfulness will rise up and he will destroy St. Louis from the inside.

  • MikeL

    The fact that they are doing two interviews in one day (Sandberg being one of them) leads me to believe that Ryno is not a serious candidate. I think the Cardinals are are simply covering all the bases….