Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Hendry meets with Sandberg
By Bruce Levine
CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry sat down with Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg for a formal interview on Wednesday in Arizona.
Hendry, who traveled to Arizona to talk to the Cubs Hall of Famer, had dinner with Sandberg on Tuesday night. The plan for Wednesday's interview was to have a more lengthy and pointed discussion surrounding the manager job.
Although there is no clear-cut favorite for the job, Sandberg, like interim manager Mike Quade, will get serious consideration from Hendry before he makes the final choice to present to Chairman of the Board Tom Ricketts for final approval sometime in mid- to late-October.
Sandberg, who was named the Pacific Coast League manager of the year in 2010, has managed four years in the organization: two at Class A Peoria and one year at Double-A Tennessee before spending this season in Triple-A Iowa.
Hendry, known for his thoroughness in hiring his two previous managers (Dusty Baker in 2002 and Lou Piniella in 2006), interviewed Quade and Sandberg before hiring Piniella. At that time, Hendry encouraged Sandberg to get more experience by managing in the minor leagues. The GM eventually offered the Peoria job to Sandberg, which he accepted.
Quade has more than 1,200 minor-league victories as manager. ESPNChicago.com has learned that former Mariners manager Wakamatsu has been added to the list of prospective interviews by the Cubs. Included on that list is Washington coach Pat Listach, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, former Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners manager Bob Melvin and Quade.
Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge is the only other known candidate to have a formal interview up until Sandberg's meeting with Hendry.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi remains a wild card in the mix. Girardi is under contract with New York until the season ends. It is unlikely the Cubs will be able to interview Girardi before the Yankees are eliminated from the playoffs or eventually win the World Series.