Cubs interview Brad Ausmus for manager opening
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter November 1, 2013 2:47PM
Updated: November 1, 2013 2:47PM
With about a week left in the process, the Cubs have brought former big-league catcher Brad Ausmus to Chicago today for a formal interview for their manager vacancy.
Ausmus is one of at least six candidates to interview for the job since Dale Sveum was fired more than a month ago, with Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo expected to be asked to interview next week.
Ausmus, a special assistant in the San Diego Padres front office, also has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers job.
He’s one of three candidates from the Padres organization (assistant GM A.J. Hinch, bench coach Rick Renteria) to interview and one of four among the seven targeted who have no big-league managing experience (also Renteria, Lovullo and Tampa Bay bench coach Dave Martinez).
Ausmus, 44, went straight from an 18-year playing career to the Padres front office in 2011, and his only managing experience came with Team Israel’s World Baseball Classic entry in 2013.
Eric Wedge, who formally interviewed Tuesday, is by far the most experienced candidate interviewed with 10 years in Cleveland (seven) and Seattle (three).
The Cubs also have interviewed former Cleveland and Washington manager Manny Acta.
The Cubs plan to make the hire before the Nov. 11-13 general manager meetings.