With the Chicago Cubs season ending tomorrow, Jim Hendry and the front office are beginning to divert their complete attention on finding their next manager for the 2011 season. Of the list of candidates that includer Ryne Sandberg, Eric Wedge, Bob Melvin, Pat Listach, and Mike Quade only Sandberg and Wedge have had formal interviews about the Chicago Cubs managerial vacancy. According to the Daily Herald former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin will meet with General Manager Jim Hendry this weekend, to formally discuss the Chicago Cubs opening.
As it appears right now, it would seem that the top candidates for the job are Eric Wedge, Ryne Sandberg, and Mike Quade. However, Jim Hendry has very high regards for Bob Melvin, as he was also a candidate for the Chicago Cubs opening after the 2002 season.
Given the reason that Melvin is highly regarded by Hendry, that probably puts him among the top candidates. Melvin has consummated a record of 493-508 in his seven years as a major league manager.