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Dave23

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Next manager?
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:35:13 am »
IF the Cubs were to make a move, who would be your top 2-3 candidates for the manager job?

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CurtOne

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Re: Next manager?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 08:37:20 am »
Joe G.
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Bennett

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 08:44:19 am »
Paul Molitor would be worth looking at to replace Brandon Hyde as bench coach.  He would not be afraid to say to the manager "We really should walk this guy". 

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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 09:20:58 am »
Always liked Girardi and still do, though if for some reason Francona were interested in leaving Cleveland heíd by my first choice.

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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2018, 09:37:57 am »
Canít imagine Maddon going anywhere.  His in game management isnít the best but I think players love playing for him and free agents would like to play for him.
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Re: Next manager?
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2018, 09:39:48 am »
Grampa Rossy
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brjones

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« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2018, 09:56:28 am »
I think there will be many here who are interested in Girardi, but I think that's a bad fit. I think he's too old school and would probably be somewhat set in his ways. I think his style would clash a lot with the front office and some of the players. He's a good manager on the right team, but I don't think the Cubs are that team. Really, unless Francona inexplicably becomes available, I think it's doubtful that the front office would have any interest in another celebrity manager.

I'd like to see them try to find the next AJ Hinch--someone who has managed before and appeared to be competent, but for whatever reason didn't work out long term with his team. But I'm not sure who that would be--rookie managers who do a good job on a two year tryout with a mediocre-to-bad team aren't memorable.

I have a feeling (and I think I've read this other places, so it's not my idea) that Brandon Hyde may be the intended successor to Maddon. If they fired Maddon, I think there's a pretty good chance they just promote Hyde.

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« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2018, 09:58:10 am »
Firing Maddon would be beyond ignorant but I'd think Joe Girardi or David Ross would be good hires.

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« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2018, 10:11:23 am »
Rosenthal has an article on The Athletic about a possible Maddon firing. Nothing concrete, but he's also not the type to write a completely baseless story for clicks like Nightengale or Heyman might do.

He suggests Dave Roberts, Girardi, or Hyde as options, but it sounds primarily like his own speculation.

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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2018, 11:13:24 am »
Is this something that's a real possibility?  You have to tip your hat to Maddon for the most successful stretch of baseball the Cubs have had since I've been alive, but I wonder if a change would do us some good. 

The way Joe manages a pitching staff in the postseason drives me nuts by the way.
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« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2018, 11:25:48 am »
Rosenthal has an article on The Athletic about a possible Maddon firing. Nothing concrete, but he's also not the type to write a completely baseless story for clicks like Nightengale or Heyman might do.

He suggests Dave Roberts, Girardi, or Hyde as options, but it sounds primarily like his own speculation.

Just read the article, and to me, nearly everything in it seems like his personal speculation. And he alternates between arguing for why a change may happen with the reasons it likely won't. 

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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2018, 11:36:49 am »
Maddon has given the Cubs a distinct culture.  Bringing in Girardi would destroy that.

I agree with BR that Hyde seems like the guy if the Cubs do make a change either this year or next.  He's had a hand in bringing in a lot of the developmental coaches and he's been in the FO and the coaching staff.

Part of the reason the Cubs have been successful is the culture that Madden set up.  Bringing in somebody like Giardi would destroy it. 

If you can bring in Francona that would be amazing, but outside of him I don't think too many managers would be better than Madden.  I took Rosenthal's piece as complete speculation from people outside the Cubs guessing at what Theo was thinking.
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Re: Next manager?
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2018, 11:39:08 am »
Outside of Stubby Clapp, I don't know who the best young candidates are right now...

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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2018, 11:39:49 am »
Yeah, I think it's almost all speculation. But speculation means more from Rosenthal than from most of the other national writers--he doesn't just throw his ideas out there to get attention. I would bet that he has probably heard something vague about firing Maddon being a possibility, but it's not concrete enough for him to report it as a rumor.

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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2018, 11:46:07 am »
I don't think David Ross would be a great choice either. There have been a lot of managers hired over the last few years who had no previous coaching or managing experience, and most of those haven't worked out. He'd probably be a good hire for the 2022 season if he spent the next 3 years managing in the minors...but guys with no experience shouldn't be on the Cubs' list IMO.