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.

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