Cubs Managerial Search Is a Two-Horse Race: Handicapping the Next Cubs Skipper

October 13, 2010 by  

The final trial runs have been completed, and the horses are on the track and ready for the home stretch. So who will come spinning out of the turn as the one to beat in the race to be the Cubs' next manager? 

This search, led by Cubs GM Jim Hendry, has been a bit befuddling. Owner Tom Ricketts told the media that the next Cubs manager had to understand the “Cubs thing.” In other words, had to intimately understand the fans' frustration with Chicago's failure to make the World Series since the soldiers came home after the last World War, as well as the whole silly goat curse baloney. 

Based on Lou Piniella’s reaction over the years, it was clear that he wasn’t prepared to handle the media s...

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