While Yankees manager Joe Girardi is rumored to be their favorite, the Chicago Cubs have already started interviewing other managerial candidates. Among their first interviews: former Cleveland Indians manager and ESPN analyst Manny Acta according to a report from David Kaplan of CSN Chicago.
Acta is considered to be a very bright baseball man, but his lack of success with two different teams has to be considered a major stumbling block to him eventually getting the Cubs' job after the public pursuit of the high-profile Girardi has raised the fan base’s hopes for a major hire. Acta has a 372-518 record between his time in Cleveland and Washington.
Acta has a 372-518 record between his time managing the Indians and the Washington Nationals. His lack of success at both of his managerial stops will likely be Acta's biggest block.
The Cubs have already met with former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch. Among the other candidates for the Cubs managerial opening are Padres bench coach Rick Renteria. Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer are expected to look at a wide range of candidates if Girardi decides to re-sign in New York.
"The Cubs have a fairly long list of potential candidates and they have to handle it that way if the Girardi thing doesn’t happen," a scout told CSN Chicago.