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Terry Francona Will Not Manage In 2012

Cross another name off the Cubs' list, as Terry Francona isn't going to manage anywhere next year.

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Mike Matheny Named New Manager Of St. Louis Cardinals

Mike Matheny has never served as a full-time coach at any level. Now he will become the next manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, succeeding Tony La Russa.

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Red Sox Add Alomar, Lovullo, Lamont To Interview List

The Red Sox and Cubs are both seeking new field managers. Since Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and new Red Sox GM Ben Cherington worked together for many years, it’s not surprising that names like Dale Sveum and Pete Mackanin popped up on both their short lists.

On Tuesday, though, the Red Sox announced three new names on their managerial wish list:

Sox to interview Alomar Wednesday, Torey Lovullo Friday and Gene Lamont Saturday.

Sandy Alomar Jr. is currently the bench coach for the Cleveland Indians and Torey Lovullo the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays. Neither has any major league managing experience.

Gene Lamont does; he managed both the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates, taking the White Sox to the playoffs with an AL West title in 1993. He last managed the Pirates in 2000, and hasn’t managed in the major leagues since then. He’s currently the third base coach for the Detroit Tigers under Jim Leyland. He’d seem to be a longshot given his age (65 in December), but sometimes teams make choices you wouldn’t otherwise think are logical.

As always, we await further developments.

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Mike Maddux Set To Interview With Chicago Cubs

It was just earlier Monday that Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux withdrew his name from consideration for manager of the Boston Red Sox. Maddux cited family reasons for not wanting to move from Texas to Massachusetts, but there could still be a move in his future. From Paul Sullivan:

Maddux to interview for Cubs job on Wednesday

Maddux is considered by some to be the favorite to take over as the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, and he's considered by others to be most likely to stay where he is. If nothing else, the fact that he's going to interview with Chicago shows that he hasn't ruled out a move entirely. Who knows - maybe he'd like to stay where he is, but he's open to the idea if the Cubs blow him away.

T.R. Sullivan reports that Maddux talked this matter over with his family Monday night, presumably before the Wednesday interview was finalized. That would imply that Maddux either has his family's blessing, or he is very publicly defying its wishes.

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Mike Maddux Withdraws Name From Red Sox Managerial Search

Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is a bit of a hot commodity with teams looking for a manager right now. He's presided over the renaissance of Rangers pitching that the team has been looking for just about their entire existence, and he has a sweet, sweet mustache. As far as qualifications go, that's about as good as prospective managers get. Alas, he will not be the next manager of the Red Sox, though. From Jon Heyman:

mike maddux has withdrawn from consideration for red sox managers job. my impression is he may be favored for #cubs job

Makes sense, but Peter Gammons quickly tweeted that Maddux might not be interested in anything that isn't in Texas:

Mike Maddux hasn't been to Chicago, Boston wasn't good family fit, not yet sure he can give more time away from family. Stay tuned ...

"We're in a good situation," Maddux says of his Ranger job. "My family moved here, the kids will be in school for 3 more years here."

The Red Sox will presumably turn to their long list of candidates and pick someone else. Terry Francona is still available if they're looking for previous experience.

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Report: Cardinals Interview Mike Matheny For Manager Job

With the Chicago Cubs already ruling out a fan-favorite, Ryne Sandberg, for their managerial opening, the St. Louis Cardinals are going in the other direction, bringing in beloved ex-Cardinal Mike Matheny for a job interview. From MLB.com:

A third name, but not a fourth, was added to the Cardinals' list of interviewees for their vacant manager's job on Friday. Former Redbirds catcher Mike Matheny, who currently serves as a special assistant to general manager John Mozeliak, interviewed on Friday, a Cardinals source said.

Matheny isn't exactly a Hall-of-Famer like Sandberg, but he's still popular in St. Louis, where the four-time Gold Glove winner played for five seasons. He retired suddenly at the age of 35 because of concussions he suffered on foul tips to his catcher's mask, and he currently works in the Cardinals' front office.

His coaching and managerial experience? None, other than working as a roving catching instructor in the St. Louis organization. A lack of experience is what cost Sandberg a shot at the Cubs' job, but apparently the Cardinals are willing to be a little more open-minded. They even interviewed Joe McEwing on Thursday, though because of a miscommunication, McEwing actually thought he was interview for the Tony La Russa Memorial Pet Utility Infielder position, which is no longer available. 

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Could Cubs, Theo Epstein Consider Terry Francona For Manager?

ESPN Chicago reports that Terry Francona could be on Theo Epstein’s short list to replace the fired Mike Quade as Cubs manager:

“Tito and I have spoken regularly since the end of the season,” Epstein said. "We actually spoke today [Thursday]. We are going to sit down together and see if it’s a fit.

“Clearly he would be at the top of anyone’s list as available managers. That’s probably true of any organization looking for a manager with experience and who is a proven winner. He has to be at the very top of the list. I think he has to figure out if this is right for him, and then as we continue our process and figure out where we are headed, we have to figure out the right fit in this organization, too.”

Notwithstanding that it’s weird to hear the nickname “Tito”, lifted right from Terry’s father, referring to the younger man, it doesn’t seem likely that the former Red Sox manager is indeed the “right fit” in Chicago. CSN Chicago’s David Kaplan explains why:

Imagine a press conference at the United Club at Wrigley Field and the introduction of Francona as the new manager. Theo Epstein makes the announcement and then a barrage of questions from the Chicago media about what went wrong in Boston, the alleged use of pain killers, the drinking by Red Sox players in the clubhouse and more. Not exactly the image I see Epstein and Hoyer wanting to project as they start their transformation of the Cubs.

Kaplan’s on to something here. Though Epstein has “put the band back together” in Chicago, Francona isn’t necessarily part of that band.

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Picking A Favorite Managerial Candidate For Your Team

If you're a Red Sox, Cardinals, or Cubs fan, you probably have some strong opinions on who should manage your team. Why?

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Cubs, Red Sox Ask Permission To Interview Mike Maddux For Managerial Vacancy

Three teams, the Cubs, Cardinals and Red Sox, all have managerial openings right now. And all three appear to be considering the same possible candidates. SI.com’s Jon Heyman has the latest man who’s desired by two teams:

#redsox, #cubs both have asked for permission to interview mike maddux for manager now. terrific candidate.
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Mike Maddux is currently pitching coach for the Texas Rangers; he’s been in that position for three years and the Rangers have been in the World Series the last two. Before that he spent six years as pitching coach for the Milwaukee Brewers; they made the playoffs in 2008. He was a middle relief pitcher for nine teams in a 15-year major league career. He’s never been a manager before, but others have made this transition successfully, including current Padres manager Bud Black.

And he’s got a kind of famous brother. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

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