Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Manager or bust

Now that the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series, Theo Epstein and company can finally get Torey Lovullo to interview to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs. Expect someone to be hired this week, as the front office wanted a manager in place by the time they have their organizational meetings, which are November 11-13. Edward Creech from compiled a nice list of where we stand:

The likely scene of Cubs manager interviews.

The likely scene of Cubs manager interviews.

  • The Cubs had been vetting Ausmus for weeks but decided they needed an experienced teacher, tweets David Kaplan of WGN Radio and
  • In a second tweet, Kaplan reports Padres bench Rick Renteria is the front runner but the team is considering interviewing Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.
  • The Cubs will indeed interview Lovullo, most likely early this week, tweets’s Ken Rosenthal.
  • No team, including the Cubs, has formally requested permission from the Red Sox to interview Lovullo or any coach on their Major League staff for a managerial position, a source tells Rob Bradford of (via Twitter).

In other words, no one really knows much of anything. Let’s hope we know more soon.

In other news, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora played in the AFL all star game Saturday night.

Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler each got a hit, but Bryant also made two errors in the East’s 9-2 loss to the West in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, played Saturday in Surprise. Bryant and Soler were starters for the East, and Bryant played the entire game at third. Albert Almora entered as a sub in right.

I think Kris Bryant was probably nervous because I was tweeting about how dreamy he is.

15 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Monday Headlines: Manager or bust

  1. Doc Blume says:

    If Kris Bryant gets nervous about that, he’s going to have a hard time playing in Chicago.

  2. Doc Blume says:

    I really hate that Bud Selig is let the situation in Oakland get this bad…

    1. J says:

      Jean Quan will pull whatever strings are needed to keep the A’s at for the next 2 years, but Selig just needs to go ahead and give the A’s San Jose so they can build Cisco Field at Diridon Station. It has the parking and transit infrastructure needed, and it will be the impetus to fund the completion of BART to Silicon Valley.

      As for the Giants, their ballpark is almost paid off. If Cisco Field isn’t ready to go in 2 years, the A’s can be tenants of AT&T park.

      As for Oakland, your problems are bigger than a ball team or stadiums. Until you can get your High School graduation rate above 50% professional sports should be an afterthought.

      1. Doc Blume says:

        The whole San Jose territorial rights thing is such as bunch of bullshit…and the Giants are the real jerks here.

        When the Giants wanted to move out of Candlestick, the A’s GAVE the Giants exclusive territorial rights to San Jose because at that time, the Giants intended to build their new ballpark in San Jose. This would make building the stadium in San Jose easier for the Giants. Previously, the two teams shared the territorial rights to that market (like the Cubs and Sox share Chicago). They later, obviously abandoned the San Jose site and stayed in San Francisco…but never gave the A’s the shared territorial rights back (understandably…since they are extremely valuable). The A’s got screwed for being nice.

        Selig, if he had the guts to do so, could pretty easily invoke the “best interests of baseball” clause fix this whole thing.

        1. J says:

          Agreed on Selig being spineless in this matter. At the same time, I’d just as soon see the Fisher family trust buy out Lew Wolff as managing partner, replace him with Billy Beane, and take on new local investors who are committed to keeping the A’s in Oakland. We know Victory Court is dead, and Howard Terminal has too many questions. Unless there’s a way to get the A’s somewhere within 2 blocks of the Lake Merritt BART Station, Oakland has run out of viable locations for a new park (Lake Merritt stadium is doable, but Peralta Community College District will want cheap access to the Parking structures on the school side of the estuary, and that’d be the developer’s biggest, long term money maker on a Lake Merritt stadium development. It’s also the best bet for a cheap lease of the land in return for the stadium reverting to the District when the A’s leave the stadium; added bonus of getting access to muni bonds without dealing with the broken Oakland City government.) Coliseum City doesn’t work as is because Oakland doesn’t have the infrastructure to support two central business districts with the first shortfall being Police staffing.

          I just find it odd that the Giants can keep a larger city than their host city from competing to be in the A’s future. But Bud’s gonna drag his feet and cost MLB part of its anti-trust exemption, which will hurt the Giants more in the long run than any territorial rights ever could. The Giants are just playing hardball with MLB and Lew Wolff, and neither Lew Wolff or MLB are ready to hand over the cash to pay off AT&T park early. I think the A’s fear a team in their market spending like an LA based team, and Lew’s not going to ever open up the payroll when he can run with his “crafty Billy-ball” narrative to the bank. Lew knows the state redevelopment dollars he used to feast on are off the table, so he’s got to control costs in his current operations wherever possible. Hence letting other entities (looking at you San Jose) fight his legal battles for him.

  3. Doc Blume says:

    Julie got to interview Wayne Larrivee today. I’m jealous.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    Report I saw this morning stated that the Cubs are looking to increase payroll by up to $25 million this year.

    1. J says:

      Sounds like just enough room to fit a long-term, Price-sized contract to payroll for the next 4-5 years, especially with all of Soriano’s money dropping off the books by 2015. The Soriano cash savings will pay whatever homegrown talent pans out through 2018. The ballpark renovation should be at least started by then and then the Cubs can start spending like the Dodgers when finished, which everyone else had been doing for the past 2 years once the ballpark construction is finished.

  5. juliedicaro says:

    so the Cubs apparently haven’t even contacted Torey Lovullo yet.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      This whole manager search thing is really starting to get weird.

      I think they actually might be waiting to see if they have been successful in their procedure to clone Tito.

  6. Doc Blume says:

    It is being reported that the Lovullo hold up has to do with an arrangement between the Cubs and Red Sox that states that 3 years from the point that Theo left the Sox, he was not to hire anyone from the that team.

    So, the Cubs originally wanted Girardi…and the Yankees kept him…and then the Cubs wanted Lovullo…and the Sox look like they are going to keep him.

    That would probably mean that whoever is hired is not only not their first choice, but likely isn’t going to be their second choice either.

    This is starting to look like a Bears head coach search.

  7. dabirdguy says:

    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the Cubs have been denied the opportunity to interview Torey Lovullo by the Red Sox.

    Seems like a bunch of old maids fussing over things.

    1. juliedicaro says:

      Larry Lucchino and Theo Epstein no longer have a relationship, from what I’ve heard. He’s just sticking it to him.

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