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eric wedge mustacheWith the World Series wrapping up by Thursday, this could be the week that the Cubs make a new manager announcement. But with second interviews potentially on tap, it might yet be another week or two.

  • Sources tell Ken Rosenthal that A.J. Hinch and Rick Renteria will get second interviews at some point (we’d heard previously about Renteria, but not about Hinch). Rosenthal doesn’t mention other interviewees, like Dave Martinez or Manny Acta. Contrary to Rosenthal’s report, however, sources tell Patrick Mooney that Hinch and Renteria are not heading to Chicago for second interviews (Renteria may not yet be able to travel (hip surgery), so maybe the Cubs will head out that way for another interview? … or maybe the Cubs are simply going to wait on Torey Lovullo before scheduling any second interviews).
  • Rosenthal adds that Eric Wedge’s interview is expected to occur on Tuesday. Wedge was revealed as a candidate late last week.
  • There’s nothing particularly new to report on Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. The Cubs still reportedly want to interview him, and he’s still waiting until the Red Sox are done in the World Series. Speaking of Lovullo, check out this interview he did recently with FanGraphs … and then tell me he didn’t answer everything almost perfectly. Sac bunts? Doesn’t like ’em, outside of very specific, rare situations. Defensive shifts? Loves ’em. Lineup construction? Best hitters should be at the top so that they get the most plate appearances. Platooning? Digs it. Using a “closer” in a high-leverage, non-9th-inning situation? Into it.

  • Buster Olney says the Cubs are still very high on Renteria, and are “said to be intent” on hiring a bilingual manager. I don’t know the lingual status of guys like Hinch or Lovullo (and I don’t want to make any assumptions based on ethnicity), but I’m not so sure it’s fair to say that the Cubs are intent on hiring a bilingual manager, especially if they were able to add several bilingual coaches to the staff.
  • Padres assistant GM Brad Ausmus has been included, excluded, mentioned, and omitted throughout the managerial search process. He’s the favorite of many, but he hasn’t been noted as an actual interviewee to this point. Patrick Mooney says, however, that Ausmus isn’t totally out of the picture.
  • Red Sox manager John Farrell, who has become something of a media darling with respect to the Cubs’ managerial search (something about how the right manager can make a huge difference), says that his experience as a farm director prepared him more for the job of big league manager than any other position he’s had (and he was a pitching coach for a while). Something to keep in mind.

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