Chicago Cubs: Brad Ausmus

Cubs coach McKay joins Arizona

November, 1, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
The Chicago Cubs' prolonged search for a new manager might have cost them one of their best coaches.

Former first-base and outfield coach Dave McKay accepted the same position with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.

"It was the right time," McKay said via phone. "The Cubs were great in keeping me up to date with things, and the Diamondbacks were patient, but the time was right."

McKay joins Arizona on the same day the Cubs interviewed their sixth managerial candidate, former catcher Brad Ausmus.

McKay is considered one of the best in the business at teaching outfield defense. He was one of Tony LaRussa’s most trusted coaches for more than two decades before joining the Cubs when LaRussa retired after the 2011 season. He’s credited with improving former Cub Alfonso Soriano’s defensive play, as well as many St. Louis Cardinals, who swear by his teachings.

"Chicago was great, but I live in Arizona and this was a good opportunity," McKay said.

McKay was told he would have a chance to return to Chicago after the Cubs hired a new manager but the manager would have final say. He understood the process but didn’t want to wait any longer, hence signing up with Arizona on Friday.

With a group of young outfielders making their way to Wrigley Field -- including converted infielder Junior Lake -- the loss of McKay could have a bigger impact than first thought.

Losing one of the best in the business at what he does isn’t something the Cubs can afford in their rebuilding project. Without knowing who McKay’s replacement will be, the Cubs' coaching staff took a step backward on Friday.

Source: Ausmus not in mix for Cubs job

October, 3, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
There doesn't appear to be mutual interest between former major league catcher Brad Ausmus and the Chicago Cubs about their managerial opening, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Ausmus, 44, is one of several names associated with the opening if the Cubs aren't able to land current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. But the source said the Cubs have not reached out to Ausmus and he doesn't appear to have much interest in the job anyway.’s Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday that Ausmus’ lack of managerial experience took him out of the mix for the Cubs job.

Ausmus, a special assistant to baseball operations for the San Diego Padres, was hired in San Diego when Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer was the Padres' GM. Ausmus is preparing to leave the country on work for the team.

The Cubs have serious interest in hiring Girardi, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, but they would need permission to speak with him because Girardi is under contract with the Yankees until Nov. 1. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Girardi's agent, Steve Mandell, met on Wednesday to discuss the parameters of a deal.

Ausmus caught for five major league teams in his career before retiring after the 2010 season. His only managerial experience came with Team Israel for the World Baseball Classic.

The Cubs fired former manager Dale Sveum on Monday, and team president Theo Epstein said the organization would look at candidates with managerial experience.



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