The Chicago Cubs could finally have a new manager any day now …
- It seems that anyone willing to do some prognosticating about the Cubs’ managerial gig at this point is predicting that San Diego Padres’ bench coach Rick Renteria will be getting the job in short order. Jon Heyman seems to think so, Mark Gonzalez suggests it, Bruce Levine guesses it, and I could go on. Are all inside sources actually saying the same things, or is this a kind of feedback loop? Probably a bit of both, but I tend not to bet against the tide.
- We’ve yet to hear a bad word about Renteria, who is presumably merely caught up in an extremely thorough search and evaluation process (as opposed to being the subject of a great deal of hemming and hawing). It’s amazing to think about how relatively zippy the last search was.
- Peter Gammons, who also names Renteria the favorite, reports that a decision will be made today and announced tomorrow. We shall see.
- As for the Torey Lovullo stuff, it seems increasingly unlikely that the Cubs will get their shot at interviewing him. It’s probably got to be today or bust, and it’s going to take a change of heart from the Red Sox’s top brass. I’m not alone in ranting about the Red Sox’s twisted position on prohibiting Lovullo from interviewing. Jesse Rogers says the Red Sox are setting a very bad precedent, and Gordon Wittenmyer correctly points out that the entity the Red Sox are screwing more than any other is not the Cubs, it’s Lovullo. The Cubs have other good options – indeed, they may prefer Renteria over all others – but Lovullo might have only this one shot of convincing a team like the Cubs to hire him as manager. And the Red Sox are preventing that for questionable reasons.