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Speier joins Cubs managerial list

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09:12 AM ET 08.07 | Jim Hendry is expected to crisscross the country the next couple of months in his ongoing search for manager Lou Piniella's successor. But before Friday's 3-0 loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field, the Cubs general manager only had to walk about 50 feet to greet one of the latest candidates for the managerial vacancy. Just as Reds bench coach Chris Speier was professing his interest in the Cubs' job during batting practice, Hendry interrupted the interview to say hello.

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August 7, 2010  09:23 AM ET

This guy should be manager of the Reds, not Dusty, who kills pitchers......

August 7, 2010  11:03 AM ET

Chris Speier was a pretty fair Shortstop in his day with the Giants and Expos... Havent heard his name come up with any manager exsperiance... The Chicago Cubs need to stick wih either Ryno or an availible vetran manager as Lou Piniella's successor... To bad they couldn't bring in Buck Showalter before the O's landed him; to get things in Chicago turned around... Buck's seems to be the man to get things going in the winning direction

August 7, 2010  01:20 PM ET

It doesn't matter WHO the Cubs hire... they will still suck. There have been some good managers to manage the Cubs and yet they still can't win in the playoffs. Look at all of the money they spent on big name free agents and still come up short. Look at the caliber of managers they've hired lately... it took Dusty what? two years to get Cincy back to winning?!?! Maybe new ownership will change things in Chicago but I seriously doubt it. There has never been a professional team that is immune to winning like the Cubs. Not a good place to get your first managerial job! And Ryno couldn't bring a World Series to the Cubs as a player... what makes him think he can do it as their manager??

August 7, 2010  05:27 PM ET

C'mon he can't do worse than the last couple guys manging the team

August 7, 2010  06:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

It doesn't matter WHO the Cubs hire... they will still suck. There have been some good managers to manage the Cubs and yet they still can't win in the playoffs. Look at all of the money they spent on big name free agents and still come up short. Look at the caliber of managers they've hired lately... it took Dusty what? two years to get Cincy back to winning?!?! Maybe new ownership will change things in Chicago but I seriously doubt it. There has never been a professional team that is immune to winning like the Cubs. Not a good place to get your first managerial job! And Ryno couldn't bring a World Series to the Cubs as a player... what makes him think he can do it as their manager??

You could be right about the Cubs being "immuned" to winnig... Forgot about them losing their Devision lead in 1969 to the Mets and then there some Cubs Curse out there about a goat or something... Sort of like the BoSox curse surrounding the Trade of the Bambino to the Yankees.... Just maybe someone will be able to change thins and get the Cubs into the World Series.... Hmm, A Boston Red Sox Chicago Cubs match-up? One of these years interesting

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August 8, 2010  12:14 AM ET

At least Ryne Sandberg has history with some of these younger guys coming up. But short of nabbing Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan or somehow convincing Joe Girardi to stop liking World Series rings, the Cubs really don't have any hope. Sandberg at least makes it seem like they're trying. Guys like Speier, Mike Quade, and Larry Rothschild seem like less energetic, less talented versions of Pinella, and Bobby Valentine can't even win in Japan.

August 8, 2010  12:17 AM ET

Another thing, after tearing apart a team that won 90+ games back in 2008 and adding players that absolutely no one thought were good or suitable replacements, how does Jim Hendry, the GM, still have a job? I thought this Ricketts guy was supposed to be a Cubs fan.

August 8, 2010  02:08 AM ET

wiseup: who ever they hire to manage the Cubs would only be part of the solution. they need to hire a general manager who is smart enough not to sign guys for big multi year contracts, especiallywhen they are already in their prime. (Lee, Ramerez, soriano) prime examples. They need to unload those guys for whatever you can if anything. If not you bring up or aquire young prospects and reload. If necessary put them on bench to pinch hit. that might incourge some of them to retire

August 8, 2010  09:37 AM ET

The only history the cubbies have is losing..... Ryno fits he's never won a WS either.... keep it in the family Ricketts just keep on losing 100+ years and counting....

August 8, 2010  10:50 AM ET

Jesus wouldn't be able to ge t this team to win. Seriously!

August 11, 2010  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

This guy should be manager of the Reds, not Dusty, who kills pitchers......

agreed

 
September 15, 2010  12:13 AM ET

All that and brains too? I say hire him. mmmm. That man is hot, hot hot!

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