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Managerial Grumblings

  • The way the Cubs are playing, it is very possible the Cubs keep interim manager Mike Quade as their manager next season. Quade is a long time minor league manager, with incredible accolades to take the helm full time. Not only that, he would give the Cubs a new voice while avoiding the high expectations placed on Dusty Baker and Lou Piniella. However, there is some speculation that the Cubs may try to lure Yankees manager Joe Girardi away from New York. If that happens, Quade could emerge as an option for the Marlins, but I doubt that situation arises as Girardi will almost certainly stay in New York.
  • White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is emerging as an outside candidate for the Marlins job next season. While it is unlikely he leaves the South Side, his relations with GM Kenny Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf are in question.
  • If Tony La Russa leaves the Cardinals, you can bet that every team in need of a manager will come knocking. The Reds have been linked to La Russa with former GM and current Reds GM Walt Jocketty on the other side of things. However, the Reds will attempt to work out a deal with manager Dusty Baker, and all indications point to that happening. The Cubs and even the White Sox could also emerge as possibilities.
  • If the Diamondbacks hire Kevin Towers to be their general manager, it could mean that Giants bench coach Ron Wotus could land a managerial gig. Wotus is highly regarded around baseball, and he has interviewed for his fair share of managerial positions. He even interviewed with Kevin Towers for the Padres spot before they hired Bruce Bochy.