Today’s Tribune offered several bits of intelligence. First of all Dave Van Dyck opined that San Diego’s current manager Bruce Bochy might rapidly become the Cubs’ favorite in the managerial sweepstakes. Apparently San Diego might be interested in dumping Bochy and his last year’s salary – it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if they were after Girardi or Hokkaido’s Trey Hillman to compliment a pitching staff that will get younger next year.
Another piece of news was that Hendry has completed his first round of interviews, having met with Brenly, Listach and Quade this week in Arizona. The latter two appear to be headed toward promotions – my guess is that Quade will move to the major league coaching team and Listach will take over in Des Moines.
While I applaud the fine job that Bochy did in San Diego, I am not eager to see him wearing Cubbie Blue. He is exactly what this team does not need – another laid-back managerial style. But Bruce might be too interesting a prospect for Hendry to resist, having taken the Padres to post season play four times since 1995.
Bruce Bochy succeeded Jim Riggleman as manager of the Padres. In a curious twist of fate he was named NL Manager of the Year in 1996; he was preceeded in that respect by Don Baylor and Dusty Baker won it the year after.