Not much going on in the world of the Chicago Cubs since Joe Girardi decided to put his stupid wiener kids; happiness before all of us. Selfish.
What we know so far is that former Indians manager Manny Acta and DBacks coach AJ Hinch have already interviewed, and Padres bench coach Rick Renteria (we’ve confirmed this is not Edgar Renteria under as assumed name) is expected to interview soon. As I’ve mentioned, I’m somewhat underwhelmed by these candidates, especially Acta. Motivation is going to have to be a big part of the next manager’s job, and whatever Acta did in the second half of 2012 was the OPPOSITE of motivation.
Now that Girardi is firmly ensconced in Westchester County, the Cubs are expected to expand their search (please God, let them expand it). One name that I’m hoping to hear from the front office is Davey Martinez (Harry ALWAYS called him “Davey”), and not just because he was my first Cubbie crush and the reason I started watching the Expos way back when. And no, I haven’t gotten over the deal for Mitch Webster, thanks for asking.
What interests me most is the fact that Martinez has been sitting alongside Joe Maddon in Tampa for the last six years, and allegedly soaking up every ounce of SABR-y goodness leaking out of Maddon’s pores. He’d also bring a Latin influence to the team, and has receieved high praise for working with young players like Evan Longoria, who was only 22 when Martinez came on-board. He also sets up the Rays’ defense and instructs the players on base-running and BUNTING. BUNTING, you guys. Just like Dale! And, above all, he’s revered by his players for his upbeat attitude. And his fantastic beard. But mostly for his attitude.
Here’s the thing, Cubs fans, we’re not getting Joe Maddon in here. And if we can’t have Joe Maddon, I want his mini-me. Here’s to hoping Jed and Theo get him up here for an interview post haste.
And yes, I’m aware that my allegiance has taken down yet another WS hopeful. What do you want me to say? I’m typhoid Mary for baseball.