Sometime Thursday the Cubs will announce their new manager. Jed Hoyer, Theo Epstein and the baseball staff will meet for the final time Wednesday, finalize the decision and make their decision public tomorrow. In the final hours, it seems that Padres bench coach Rick Renteria is the favorite, with his experience in development and managing in Mexico, an advantage for a team that in the next two years will be bringing a number of highly-touted players—many of them from Latin America—up to Wrigley Field.
In the end, the Cubs were not, as suggested, beaten to the punch by the Tigers on Brad Ausmus; while Epstein and Ausmus have been close for years, the Cubs job requires developmental experience. They were denied the opportunity to interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo under an agreement made when Epstein left Boston that he could not take Red Sox employees with him for three years. Boston ownership has held firm, so it is expected that Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington will take care of Lovullo in some manner.
The Cubs were very impressed by former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, and interviewed former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta.