The Chicago Cubs are advancing to the next step in their interview process to find their next manager.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, former Arizona Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch and San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria will get a second round of interviews with the Cubs.
Sources: Hinch, Renteria will get second interviews with #Cubs. Wedge interview will be Tuesday. Cubs already have spoken to him by phone.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 26, 2013
There were reports earlier this week that Renteria already had his second interview with the Cubs. That report appeared to be misguided. When the Cubs were speaking with Renteria earlier this week, the team was completing the first interview with the Padres bench coach. Renteria, by all accounts, is the favorite to be the next manager of the Cubs.
Wedge was added to the list of candidates on Friday. Wedge appears to have a supporter in Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. When Wedge interviewed for the Cubs position after the 2010 season, the former Cleveland Indians manager spent an entire day with Ricketts. Wedge finished as a runner-up to Mike Quade.
Meanwhile, A.J. Hinch certainly is an interesting candidate. Many Cubs fans will immediately be against the hire considering Hinch’s poor record. In his 212 career games as a manager, Hinch has a winning percentage of .392. The reason why Hinch is a popular candidate is because of his reputation for developing players. In fact, Hinch is currently serving as the vice president of professional scouting for the Padres. A position that was given to him by Jed Hoyer before Hoyer became the general manager of the Cubs.
The Cubs have been thorough in their search for the team’s next manager. With second interviews planned, the team is drawing closer to naming their new manager.