Search underway for Cubs next manager

Keep up with the Cubs manager search with Northsiders Report as we track all the candidates for the Cubs' 53rd manager in franchise history. Theo Epstein said he wants a new skipper before the GM/Owners Meetings begin Nov. 11.

Let the interviews begin. The Cubs are expected to cast a wide net now that Joe Girardi has decided to spend the next four years in the Bronx.

At his press conference to announce the firing of Dale Sveum, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said the Cubs will be seeking a leader and the "right manager". He also provided insight on the search.

"I think we are gonna look first and foremost at candidates with managerial experience, but I don't want to rule out a candidate who hasn't managed and may have demonstrated real leadership over a long period of time in another role— as team leader, in a minor league capacity, in an executive capacity. There are other ways you can show leadership. I think the most germane is as a major league manager, so that's where we are gonna look first and foremost, but I see no limit on our search because lets put it this way, there have been first-time major league managers who are outstanding leaders immediately when they came through the door, so why limit ourselves to those who have managed previously in majors."

"We want to hire the right manager. We are at a critical point in our building process. Our very best prospects are soon going be young big league players, and its absolutely imperative that we create the best environment possible, for young players to come up here and learn, continue to develop and thrive at the big league level and win, ultimately. And that's not an easy thing to do. This is a situation that requires a lot of leadership. As I said earlier, we are asking a manger to develop and establish a winning culture around a team that's just lost 100 games for the past couple of years."

Here's who the Cubs have their eyes on:

Manny Acta
Current Position:
Broadcast Analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes
Age:
44
Managerial Experience:
Washington (2007-2009) going 158-252, fired after 87 games in 2009. Cleveland (2010-12) with a 214-266 record. Career winning percentage .418. Eight years in Houston organization in minors. Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic.
Leadership Skills:
14 years as a professional manager. 4 years as a bench coach for Expos and Frank Robinson.
Development Skills:
Managed Astros minor leaguers Billy Wagner, Wade Miller, and short stints with Brad Lidge and Roy Oswalt. Washington's Ryan Zimmerman raised his slash line every year under Acta hitting .292/.364/.525 in final year. Development of young Latin American players Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana in Cleveland.
Notes:
Acta played the role of Dale Sveum in Washington, not much talent and no expectations to win, so he understands the rebuilding process. Its also been reported he lost both clubhouses in Washington and Cleveland.

A.J. Hinch
Current Position:
Vice-President/Assistant General Manger for San Diego Padres
Age:
39
Managerial Experience:
Was one of youngest managers in MLB history during his tenure with Diamondbacks. Went 58-75 after replacing Bob Melvin in 2009 and was fired in 2010 after a 31-48 record.
Leadership Skills:
A majority of his leadership skills comes from the front office, plus 212 big league games as a manger and 350 career games as a MLB player.
Development Skills:
Was the D-backs' director of player development for three years before getting promoted to vic president of player development.
Notes:
Theo Epstein is not afraid to hire a manager with a poor managerial record as evident by Terry Francona coming to Boston.

Rick Renteria
Current Position:
San Diego Padres Bench Coach
Age:
51
Managerial Experience:
Eight years in the minors and was 2013 manager for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Leadership Skills:
Has spent last six years as the Padres coach at MLB level, the last three as the bench coach.
Development Skills:
Four years in the minors with the Marlins and four more managing in the Padres system gives him one of the better development resumes among candidates.
Notes:
Ties to Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod with San Diego. Former 1st round pick of Pirates in 1980 (20th overall pick).

Dave Martinez
Current Position:
Tampa Bay Rays Bench Coach
Age:
48
Managerial Experience:
None
Leadership Skills:
16 years in majors as a player (8 teams) and six years as Tampa Bay bench coach. Learned under Joe Maddon at Tampa.
Development Skills:
Serves as bunting and base running coach for Rays. Tampa's teams are loaded with young players, so his expertise in development is at MLB level.
Notes:
Has interviewed for managerial openings in Houston, Toronto and Cleveland.


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