Feel free to take these quotes from Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts differently than I do, but I believe the Cubs are holding out hope that they can at least interview Joe Girardi for their managerial opening. First, here are the quotes:
”It’s obviously an extremely important decision to make,” he said before Sunday’s 8-7 loss to St. Louis in the home finale. ”We have a process in place where Jim [Hendry] is going to keep talking to folks, and at the end of the season we’ll narrow it down and I’ll talk to him then. I’m looking forward to getting that process behind us.
”It’s a big decision; I don’t think we should be rushing it,” he added when asked if he hopes for a decision before the World Series. ”The key is when you have your decision made, you want to do it sooner than later, but there’s no reason to rush it.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.
My take is that the question regarding whether the Cubs expect to have the decision made before the World Series was designed to elicit whether the Cubs are looking at Joe Girardi – and Tom Ricketts is smart enough to know that. The Cubs are not looking seriously at any other active managers, and if they want to have a chance at Girardi, they’ll have to wait until the Yankees’ season is over. That could very well be after the World Series, and everyone knows waiting until “after the World Series” is code for waiting until the team has a chance to interview/make an offer to Joe Girardi.
Thus, it seems to me that the Cubs are still, as of yet, leaving the door open to Girardi as the next manager.