Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
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Apparently, the Cubs are looking to become the Red Sox 2.0 as Theo Epstein seems to just call his old friends whenever a job vacancy opens up on Waveland Avenue. I’m sorry Theo, but I expect better from you. Shoot, anybody who is “in” baseball could call their friends if they need a new spot. But you sir, you’re making millions of dollars because you’re supposed to be some baseball mastermind, and all you do is take out your list of friends (which is probably written in crayon) and make some phone calls? I’m not impressed.
If you don’t know why I’m so fired up at this point, let me introduce you to the list of candidates for the Cubs’ managerial opening.
Batting leadoff is none other than former Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians manager, Manny Acta. There’s good news. Acta couldn’t get it done with his first two horrible teams, so what leads you to believe that he will do anything with this horrible team Mr. Epstein?
Batting second is former catcher and current member of the Padres’ front office, A.J. Hinch. Hinch had a decent playing career, and has some big league experience managing the Diamondbacks, but I wouldn’t call his time in Arizona something that makes him a standout candidate.
Batting third is current Padres bench coach, Rick Renteria. Renteria has minor league managing experience with the Padres, and managed Mexico’s World Baseball Classic team. So you can take that for what it’s worth…
Now, I notice a trend here in that the Cubs seem to have an attraction to getting talent from the Padres. Anthony Rizzo came from the Padres, and now two managerial candidates are currently getting their checks signed by the Padres. I don’t know about you, but when I think of power teams with vast amounts of recent Major League success, the Padres sure do jump to the front of my mind… Wait…no they don’t. If these two guys are such great options for the Cubs, why do the Padres still suck? Surely they would’ve had some success by now with these guys there, right?
So, as you can see, the Cubs clearly are looking to fill their managerial opening the way they’ve filled every other opening on the team (except Epstein’s)…cheaply. All I can say is hang on Cubs fans, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!