The Cubs will probably have a new manager soon. That’s a sentence I thought in my head a month ago, even if I didn’t commit it to print. I didn’t expect this search, the seeds for which were likely sewn long before Dale Sveum was actually fired, to take over a month. Absent the front office waiting on someone who was otherwise obligated like Torey Lovullo, I just didn’t see the reason for a long, drawn out process. But, as the month has played out, I’m constantly reminded: I’m not in the room. I’m not a part of the process. I don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors or the reasons for a long, drawn out process. Maybe there’s a good reason. Maybe there are several. So I continue wait, as you do.
- The wait is almost over, though, as Carrie Muskat – among others – says the decision on a new manager will be made this week (we knew it was coming by the start of the GM Meetings on November 11, so I suppose that leaves us but a week either way). With only Torey Lovullo left to be interviewed – assuming that happens as has been reported – you’d think a decision could come at any moment.
- On Lovullo, as of late yesterday, despite Ken Rosenthal’s report of an imminent interview, the Cubs had not yet requested or received permission to interview him, per CSN. I wonder if there’s a bit of semantics going on, and I tend to think Rosenthal wouldn’t report that an interview was forthcoming if it wasn’t relatively certain. Gordon Wittenmyer also suggested yesterday that a Lovullo interview was coming this week. There have been World Series celebratory activities going on all weekend, so maybe it’s just an issue of propriety and timing.
- Dave Kaplan reports that, according to a source, the Cubs probably could have had Brad Ausmus if they’d wanted him, but decided that the lack of experience was just too much to overcome.
- Joey Cora has been mentioned as a possible coach for the Cubs, but that won’t happen if he winds up getting the Mariners’ managerial gig. Cora is reportedly one of the finalists for that job, together with – among others – Rick Renteria. (EMBARRASSING UPDATE: I got my Coras mixed up. The Cubs have been connected to Alex, not Joey. My bust. Carry on.)