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08:11 AM ET 11.03 | What was at times a comically drawn-out process in overhauling the front office may give way to quick work in hiring a new manager. Team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer already seem to be working from a short list of candidates, with sources saying they'd reached out to some before Epstein traveled to Florida to tell Quade of his decision. Two names at or near the top of the list, according to sources, are Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux and one-time Milwaukee interim manager Dale Sveum, who interviewed for the Boston Red Sox vacancy on Wednesday. Maddux also is on Boston's candidate list, no coincidence considering Epstein was involved in the first steps of the Red Sox hiring process.

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November 3, 2011  08:57 AM ET

Not gonna happen.

November 3, 2011  09:05 AM ET

Better start with a City Planner to rebuild this team. There's not much in the cupboard to work with.

November 3, 2011  09:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Not gonna happen.

Agreed. I think Theo is looking for someone with a little more managerial experience than just a picting coach. As he should.

November 3, 2011  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Agreed. I think Theo is looking for someone with a little more managerial experience than just a picting coach. As he should.

I honestly know nothing about their personal relationship so this may be a dumb question, but could a Theo/Francona reunion be in store?

November 3, 2011  09:27 AM ET

If Theo Einstein can't hire Joe Maddon, then he needs to focus on Ryne Sandberg, beyond that he just needs to stay away from the flotsam and jetsam of the managerial tides ;)

November 3, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I honestly know nothing about their personal relationship so this may be a dumb question, but could a Theo/Francona reunion be in store?

It's definitely something to be considered. But I don't know. Theo and Francona both split from the Sox, and I'd expect them to both look for a clean slate to start with.

November 3, 2011  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Agreed. I think Theo is looking for someone with a little more managerial experience than just a picting coach. As he should.

He should rebuild the farm system, like Nolan Ryan did with the Rangers, and the GM of the Rays does. In this way your long term management can bring a winner back to the Second City.

Heaven knows they have the patience to wait.

November 3, 2011  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If Theo Einstein can't hire Joe Maddon, then he needs to focus on Ryne Sandberg, beyond that he just needs to stay away from the flotsam and jetsam of the managerial tides ;)

He already called up Sandberg and told him he doesn't have a shot. In this way he deflected any Cubbies momentum to put Ryan back in the Cubs system.

November 3, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Maddox would be a loss for the Rangers.

November 3, 2011  11:37 AM ET

One thing they need to do is grab an up-and-commer and NOT a has-been.

Too many of those around.

November 3, 2011  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Agreed. I think Theo is looking for someone with a little more managerial experience than just a picting coach. As he should.

Epstein said their choice "must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level", so Maddox still has a chance. He would probably be a better choice than a lot of the retreads out there.

November 3, 2011  03:50 PM ET

I haven't seen the Cubs new manager yet, and I can already tell you Theo's not going to last long in Chicago. Sandberg would had been the best fit there and now he's looking at some marginal bench coaches. He could had went the White Sox route and chose a an icon and up to this point a pretty good manager (At least the minor leagues) in Sandberg. He is a no-nonsense type guy, shown by his hall of fame induction speech and loves the game and the Cubs. If I was a betting man, I would had put all my money on him. If Sandberg goes to St. Lous, I will denounce my following for the Cubs as it shows me that again, the Cubs are stuck in their ways and again let the Cardianls progress into the future.

November 3, 2011  03:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Maddox would be a loss for the Rangers.

Not really knocking Maddux but how was his staff while in Milawaukee? I think he could be overrated but we'll see.

November 3, 2011  04:07 PM ET

Texas would not give Maddux up ... they'd raise his salary as necessary. He's done a great job the past few years (as is evidenced by all of the interest in him).

November 3, 2011  04:14 PM ET

mike maddux has a open door in the cubs and in the red sox team as well, if maddux choose to be the cubs manager he will have great pression, one because the fans and the owner wants positive results as soon is possible, with the red sox the pression will be just about the same or even greater than in chicago, so the coin its in the air and whichever team maddux picks good luck my friend!!

November 3, 2011  05:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Texas would not give Maddux up ... they'd raise his salary as necessary. He's done a great job the past few years (as is evidenced by all of the interest in him).

Maddox might rather be a manager than a pitching coach. He is interviewing for the job.

November 3, 2011  05:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I haven't seen the Cubs new manager yet, and I can already tell you Theo's not going to last long in Chicago. Sandberg would had been the best fit there and now he's looking at some marginal bench coaches. He could had went the White Sox route and chose a an icon and up to this point a pretty good manager (At least the minor leagues) in Sandberg. He is a no-nonsense type guy, shown by his hall of fame induction speech and loves the game and the Cubs. If I was a betting man, I would had put all my money on him. If Sandberg goes to St. Lous, I will denounce my following for the Cubs as it shows me that again, the Cubs are stuck in their ways and again let the Cardianls progress into the future.

There are lots of managers that were great in the minors and failed in the majors. Just because Sandberg is a Cubbie favorite from the past doesn't make him a good manager either. If he is such a no nonsense guy, what didn't he teach Starlin Castro to always focus on the game when he played for him?

November 3, 2011  05:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

If Theo Einstein can't hire Joe Maddon, then he needs to focus on Ryne Sandberg, beyond that he just needs to stay away from the flotsam and jetsam of the managerial tides ;)

Why would you want Sandberg to be the manager? Plus, Epstein said the new manager will have prior MLB managing experience.

November 3, 2011  06:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's definitely something to be considered. But I don't know. Theo and Francona both split from the Sox, and I'd expect them to both look for a clean slate to start with.

I would seriously doubt that they team up again - both need a clean start and a break from the disaster of sept 2011

 
November 3, 2011  06:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

There are lots of managers that were great in the minors and failed in the majors. Just because Sandberg is a Cubbie favorite from the past doesn't make him a good manager either. If he is such a no nonsense guy, what didn't he teach Starlin Castro to always focus on the game when he played for him?

Ja hey der, ****, why do you feel the need to post so many comments about the Cubs? What's wrong? Did your mama put a lock on her closet? Why don't you leave the nice Cubbies fans alone and go renew your subscription to Boys Life? Better, yet, Seventeen is probably more up your alley. Mmmm, hmmmm.

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