In yesterday’s post, Julie asked the question, “Whither Davey Martinez?” We hadn’t heard much mention of the dashing former Cub turned Tampa Bay bench coach in the managerial search. But according to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, Dave Martinez is now on a list of candidates to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs.
You can’t clone Joe Maddon, who has those distinctive black glasses, the experimental hairstyles and more than 137,000 followers on Twitter. But the Cubs are looking into Martinez, who has been working next to the innovative Rays manager for six years. That includes a shocking run to the 2008 World Series and five seasons with at least 90 wins. Martinez, 49, played parts of four seasons on the North Side.
One other candidate we’ve heard about is Rick Renteria. Mooney helped me figure out who in the hell he is.
Renteria – who went by “Rich” during his player career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Florida Marlins – managed Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He has a history with Hoyer, the former San Diego GM. He has spent the last decade as a Padres coach or manager in their minor-league system.
I’ve never heard of Rick Renteria, but I vaguely remember Rich Renteria. You may see a theme emerging with the majority of candidates on the search list.
The Cubs are looking for a bilingual teacher who can develop young players. From All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro to minor league player of the year Javier Baez to $30 million Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, this clubhouse will be filled with important Latin players in 2014 and beyond.
If the next manager doesn’t speak Spanish, his bench coach almost certainly will.
Cue the “If you can’t speak American, leave the country!” crowd.
And while Sandy Alomar, Jr. was a candidate when Dale Sveum got the job, don’t expect him to be this time around. He’s been the bench coach for Cleveland the last four years, but was recently reassigned.
So when Francona shifts Alomar from bench coach to first-base coach after a 92-win season, it’s a sign the Cubs think he’s not ready to move into the manager’s office yet.