It appears that a surprise has entered the mix for the Chicago Cubs managerial vacancy. According to ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian the Chicago Cubs plant to interview former Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin at some point before the season ends.
Bob Melvin is actually a very intriguing option for the Chicago Cubs. While he was fired in 2009 by the Diamondbacks, it was only two years ago when he was considered to be one of the best managers in baseball at the time. Melvin seemed to do well working with the Diamondbacks young players, and lead the Diamondbacks to the playoffs in 2007 when they swept the Chicago Cubs out of the playoffs in the divisional round.
The Chicago Cubs considered Melvin a leading candidate in 2003, but once Dusty Baker became available they elected to go with Baker over Melvin.
While spending two years with the Seattle Mariners, and four years with the Arizona Diamondbacks Melvin has consummated a career record of 493-508.