Apr 28, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Renteria may have ‘inside track’ for the Chicago Cubs manager job

The hunt for the new manager of the Chicago Cubs is still underway, well it’s actually starting to pick up a little speed.

With Joe Girardi going back to the New York Yankees, Chicago’s first choice is now out the window.

Right now it looks like they have San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria on their radar along with former Arizona Diamondback’s manager A.J. Hinch and Washington Nationals/Cleveland Indians manager Manny Acta who already interviewed for the job.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Renteria may possibly be the favorite because of his ability to develop young Latin players.

Texas Rangers’ Mike Maddux, brother of former Chicago Cubs’ great Greg Maddux was also said to be interested in the job. Back in 2011 when the Cubs were looking for Lou Piniella’s replacement, Mike Maddux was somewhat interested in becoming the new manager but was worried about leaving his family.

Now that time has passed, that isn’t really that big of a concern. The Cubs haven’t reached out to Maddux yet, but he shouldn’t be counted out as the search for the newest Cubbies manager continues.

You would have to think if Mike is hired on by the Cubs, it could possibly bring brother Greg back to the organization. But as of right now, it looks like Renteria has the edge over everybody else who has interviewed or may be interested.

A decision should be made here within the next month or so.

Tags: Chicago Cubs Mike Maddux Rick Renteria

  • normalperson2424

    The Wittenmeyer article you sourced doesn’t say that Renteria has the edge right now. It’s a speculation piece that simply says, if his interview goes well, Renteria COULD be the frontrunner based on his past with Hoyer and his reputation for developing young players. So, essentially Gordon is filling up pages with guesswork. Not that it isn’t interesting to read — I’ve been looking for any info I can find on Rick Renteria because he’s a total unknown right now. But it’s a pretty big stretch to say that a guy who hasn’t even spoken with the Cubs about the job has the inside track already! Let’s wait until the man has a chance to meet with Theo & Co. Then we’ll know more.