I was driving to the train this morning when I heard Peter Gammons say on 670 The Score that the Cubs had interviewed Eric Wedge for the open managerial job. Gammons says the Cubs have interviewed “half a dozen guys” at least twice. This, I think, was news to most of us, as we haven’t heard about any one of the named candidates being brought back for a second interview.
I feel about Eric Wedge the same way I feel about Rich/k Renteria, Manny Acta, AJ Hinch, et al: Just . . . meh. Although didn’t Wedge once get into a fist fight with Milton Bradley? That actually makes me like him more. I do find it curious, however, that as we would expect the Cubs to be narrowing down their search to a few candidates, Jed and Theo seem to be expanding the field. While I’ve heard the standard “they just want to make sure they’re covering all their bases” ad nauseam, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that the front office hasn’t been especially overwhelmed by any of the candidates interviewed so far.
Without doubting Jed and Theo’s wisdom, at this point we have to ask the question as to whether this is what they expected when they fired Sveum. Once it became clear that Girardi was staying in NYC, the manager search seemed to become somewhat rudderless. Each day we hear yet another name, each as underwhelming as the names before it.
I’ve been assured that the front office is not looking to hire another placeholder manager, a la Dale Sveum, but THE manager who will lead a competitive young team to the post-season in fairly short order. Is that guy on the list of candidates we’ve heard so far? I’m not sure. Then again, as someone said to me last night (yes, it was probably a stupid Cardinals fan), “I doubt Mike Matheny looked like the best candidate available at the time, either.”
Good point. I hope the Cubs hire someone as hot as Mike Matheny.