Pitchers and Managers: The Hunt Continues
Theo said: “Tito and I have spoken regularly since the end of the season,” Epstein said. “We actually spoke today. We are going to sit down together and see if it’s a fit.
“Clearly he would be at the top of anyone’s list as available managers. That’s probably true of any organization looking for a manager with experience and who is a proven winner. He has to be at the very top of the list. I think he has to figure out if this is right for him, and then as we continue our process and figure out where we are headed, we have to figure out the right fit in this organization, too.”
Apparently, Terry Francona is at the top of Theo’s ideal managers list. Naturally, because the Theo/Tito combo worked very well in Boston for many years (until September. Then it was kind of bad). The only thing that is a bit bothersome about hiring Francona is that he and Theo have some history. Along with history, there is bound to be some baggage. Do we want to bring that into Theo’s new relationship with the Cubs? But other than that, he would be a fantastic manager.
However, the man leading off the managerial for the Cubs interviews is Pete Mackanin, who has already been interviewed by Boston. Boston, Chicago, and St. Louis will probably overlap with many interviewees. Theo had started searching for new managerial candidates before he left Boston, so some of the guys on the list for Chicago will be the same as Boston. St. Louis wants a good manager, but something tells me they might just pick a manager to keep the Cubs from getting a good one. It seems like a St. Louis thing to do.
Thought #2: Jamie Moyer (yes, that Jamie Moyer) threw for scouts the other day. He is 49 years old, and is apparently looking as good as he ever has. The last time he pitched was in 2010, with 9-9 record and a 4.84 ERA before undergoing Tommy John surgery. The Cubs need pitching; Would you consider adding him to the rotation?