The Chicago Cubs search for a manager is proving to be thorough. In the past week, it was learned that the Cubs still are completing first round of interviews with their list of candidates while waiting to speak with Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Lovullo was added to a list of candidates that already includes former managers Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch, and bench coaches Rick Renteria and Dave Martinez. Reports over the past 24 hours seem to indicate that Martinez no longer appears to be a candidate.
On Friday, another candidate was added to the Cubs list. That new candidate is Eric Wedge. Multiple reports confirmed on Friday morning that the Cubs will interview Wedge next week for their vacant managerial position.
This is not the first time that Wedge has interviewed for the Cubs managerial position.
Wedge interviewed with former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry three years ago. Hendry opted to hire Mike Quade, though, Wedge was considered to be a finalist for the position.
Wedge went on to be hired by the Seattle Mariners. A position that the manager held since 2011 before resigning earlier in the month of October. In his three seasons managing the Mariners, Wedge possessed a record of 213-273.
Prior to managing the Mariners, Wedge managed the Cleveland Indians from 2003 to 2009. In his seven seasons as the Indians manager, Wedge possessed a winning percentage of .495.
Since news broke that Wedge will interview for the Cubs managerial position, Cubs fans took to twitter to express their frustrations. Wedge has a well-known reputation of being an inept manager. In fact, one tweeter mockingly tweeted “Wedge should be hired as the Tigers manager to prove that managers don’t make a difference.”
There is no reason to be critical of the Cubs decision to interview Wedge. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are not going to rush the process of hiring a manager. The front office is going to be thorough. That is why Cubs fans need to give the front office the benefit of the doubt while Epstein and Hoyer look for the right hire.