Alomar set to interview for Cubs' manager job
Former catcher brings an interesting set of credentials
CHICAGO -- The Cubs have talked to a former infielder, a hitting coach, and a pitching coach, and on Friday, they'll interview a former catcher when Sandy Alomar Jr. comes to Wrigley Field to discuss the team's managerial vacancy.
Alomar will be the fourth candidate to meet with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer. Phillies bench coach and former infielder Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux all have gone through the interview process.
Mackanin, Sveum and Alomar also talked to the Red Sox about their managerial opening, while Maddux did not have the benefit of being prepped for the Cubs' questions because he withdrew from consideration for the Boston job.
"I enjoyed it, man," Maddux said of his interview Wednesday at Wrigley Field. "Pretty neat. It's something I've never done before. It was a learning experience on both ends. I got to know them, they got to know me, see what our values are. We share a lot of values, we share passion, we share the inner drive to win."
Maddux chose not to talk to the Red Sox because he didn't want to uproot his family, which had finally settled in the Dallas area. Whether they'll make adjustments if the Cubs want him remains to be seen.
Alomar, 45, a six-time All-Star during his 20 seasons in the big leagues, ended his playing career after the 2007 season. The Indians bench coach this year, Alomar said he's learned from the nine managers he's played for. Six of those skippers reached the World Series.
"I have learned a tremendous amount of baseball from those kind of people and my father has been very influential in my career in the coaching department," he said of Sandy Alomar Sr., who was a coach on Cubs manager Don Baylor's staff from 2000-02. "I feel like I can help an organization."
Alomar said he has considered the possibility of managing or coaching in the Majors since 2001, when he played for the White Sox. After his playing days ended, he was a catching instructor and bullpen coach for the Mets, and a catching instructor and first base coach for the Indians before switching to bench coach this year.
"The only weakness that I have, to be honest with you right now, is that I haven't managed anywhere in the past," Alomar said. "That's the main concern for everybody. But I've managed myself, and I've managed people throughout my career with leadership, and I feel like I could do it."
If picked, he would join a long list of catchers who have been Major League managers, including current managers like the Angels' Mike Scioscia, the Yankees' Joe Girardi, the Braves' Fredi Gonzalez, and the Giants' Bruce Bochy.
Alomar began his career in 1988 with the Padres, and played for the Indians, White Sox, Rockies, Rangers, Dodgers and Mets. His brother, Roberto, was inducted this year into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.