Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has fired manager Mike Quade. Now the Cubs join the Red Sox and Cardinals in searching for a manager.
"The managerial search process begins immediately," Epstein said via a press release.
The Cubs were 71-91 last season. That led to Epstein being hired away from the Red Sox.
"The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the Major League level," Epstein said.
That would seem to rule out Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, who has only minor league experience. Sandberg managed Triple A Lehigh Valley in the Philadelphia organization last season.
This could get very interesting if the Sox and Cubs focus on the same candidates. Given the shared values of the organizations, that seems likely to happen.
It is very unlikely that Epstein will hire Terry Francona again. But Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, a Chicago native, could be an attractive candidate.
It's worth noting that Pete Mackanin, who interviewed with the Red Sox Monday, is from Chicago, too.