Cubs Managerial Candidate: Joe Girardi

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This hire almost makes too much sense. Joe Girardi is a Chicago guy through and through. He starred at Northwestern and came up through the Cubs system. He has long openly coveted the Cubs’ managerial job even while with other organizations. When he was a Cubs catcher, he was a fan favorite for his hard-nosed style of play and cerebral approach to the game.

Matt Lindner’s third in a five part series highlighting who could be the Cubs‘ next skipper.

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Cubs Managerial Candidate: Ryne Sandberg

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Just two years ago, more than 33,000 fans showed up at Wrigley Field just to watch Ryne Sandberg manage his Class-A Peoria Chiefs in a game against the Kane County Cougars. Sandberg is the Cubs’ most recent Hall of Fame inductee and a fan favorite. He’s certainly paid his organizational dues as well, having now managed Cubs minor league affiliates at every level but Rookie ball. He’s familiar with the young talent and his name certainly carries a lot of weight with the players. He has also openly coveted the job since the moment he announced his retirement from the game.

Hiring him would go a long way towards erasing whatever bad vibes have been created by the team’s lackluster play this season.

Matt Lindner’s second in a six part series highlighting who could be the Cubs‘ next skipper.

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Piniella’s Gone, Cubs begin Search for new Manager

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It’s official – the post-game press conference at Wrigley Field is going to be a hell of a lot less interesting next season. And if the product on the field is worth a damn, Cubs fans and the media covering them won’t mind a bit.

Lou Piniella announced today this season will be his last as Cubs manager, with the next few months serving as his farewell tour. Piniella’s announcement comes in the midst of what has been one of the most joyless seasons at the corner of Clark and Addison in recent memory. The atmosphere both on the field and in the stands at Wrigley has been more mausoleum than mayhem this season.

Matt Lindner’s first in a six part series highlighting who could be the Cubs‘ next skipper.

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