Cubs decision-makers were not surprised that Joe Girardi decided to continue managing the Yankees, where he’s spent most of the last 18 years as a manager, coach, broadcaster and player, and now Chicago appears to be honing in on a very short list of serious candidates, including the already interviewed duo of A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta.
Cubs people will not label anyone as a “favorite” yet, but with their plan to add perhaps only one or two names to their original interview list, the assumption is they were impressed by Hinch and/or Acta.
Word is, the Cubs may put their energies into callbacks/second interviews, another indicator that they believe they have their next manager on their original short list.
Both men have major-league managerial experience, which could be a plus over the other couple of known candidates.
The Cubs were prepared to pursue Girardi but had no strong belief they’d have a real shot at him considering it was well known that Girardi wasn’t unhappy with the Yankees or his life in the northern suburbs of Westchester County.
Source: Jon Heyman, CBS Sports