The Chicago Cubs will name their next manager on Thursday.
After firing manager Dale Sveum after the season, the Cubs set the deadline of November 11 to hire a replacement. In the early portions of their managerial search, the Cubs were focused on Joe Girardi. The Cubs never had the opportunity to speak with Girardi as the manager signed a new contract with the New York Yankees. After Girardi, the Cubs turned their attention to San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria; former managers Manny Acta and A.J. Hinch; and Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Acta has been eliminated from the search process and the Red Sox denied the Cubs request to interview Lovullo. That would leave Hinch and Renteria as the presumed finalists for the position. Reports over the past 24 hours seem to indicate that the next manager of the Cubs will be Rick Renteria.
Renteria is the favorite to be named the Cubs manager on Thursday. Over the course of the Cubs search for a manager, no candidate has received more endorsements than Renteria. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Boston Red Sox starting pitchers Jake Peavy and Ryan Dempster all supported Renteria’s candidacy for the Cubs position.
On the surface, Renteria appears to be the right choice for the direction of this Cubs team. Renteria has a background in Latin America, something that the Cubs front office was looking for with top prospects Albert Almora, Javier Baez, and Jorge Soler making their way through the system. The Cubs also are looking for a manager that is successful with player development. During his time with Padres, Renteria has earned a strong reputation for his ability to further the development of the team’s top prospects. The Cubs have a farm system that ranks among the best in baseball.
After the Cubs name their new manager on Thursday, expect the focus to turn towards the Major League roster.