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Hendry: Sandberg is welcome back ... in Iowa

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Hendry: Sandberg is welcome back ... in Iowa

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 201010:38 AM

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Ryne Sandberg can return to his post as the manager of the Iowa Cubs, Comcast SportsNet's David Kaplan has learned.

One day after hiring Mike Quade to patrol the dugout at Wrigley Field, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told Kaplan that he Sandberg is "welcome to return to Iowa."

"We think he did a great job there," Hendry said. "This was a very tough decision and one that I tossed and turned over. However, I love Ryne Sandberg and have tremendous respect for him."

And would Ryno return?

"I don't know," Sandberg said on Tuesday after being passed over in favor of Quade. "I'm hoping there's something else out there. I'm hoping to manage or coach at the big-league level. I'm just kind of digesting it right now and I have my agent getting feelers out."

Read Kaplan's full blog entry on this story here.

Cubs Talk Podcast: David Ross set to be named manager; Bryant service time dispute

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Cubs Talk Podcast: David Ross set to be named manager; Bryant service time dispute

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki react to the news of David Ross becoming the new manager of the Cubs and the upcoming hearing with Kris Bryant regarding his delayed callup back in 2015.

01:30 - Was it always David Ross' job?

04:00 - Ross having to do a mock press conference as part of his interview process

10:00 - Theo and Jed's interview process

13:00 - How will Ross hold his former teammates accountable

17:00 - How active will the team be in free agency this offseason

21:00 - Kris Bryant's grievance over his service time

28:00 - Chances Kris Bryant (or a core player) gets traded this offseason

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

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David Ross' mock speech and press conference helped him land Cubs' manager job

David Ross' mock speech and press conference helped him land Cubs' manager job

After much speculation, former Cubs catcher David Ross is set to become the team's next manager, replacing Joe Maddon.

While we'll know more soon about what went into the Cubs' decision to hire Ross, minor details are coming out regarding the interview process. According to two reports, the team was impressed with Ross' delivery of a mock speech and how he handled a mock press conference.

This isn't the first time the Cubs have asked managerial candidates to partake in such activities. After interviewing for the Cubs' vacancy In November 2011, former manager Dale Sveum partook in an actual press conference featuring questions from the media. He wasn't hired at that point, but the presser was part of the Cubs' interview process. 

No, Ross wasn't named the Cubs' next manager solely on the mock speech and press conference. His clubhouse leadership and familiarity with the organization are two big factors. But the speech points to Ross' strength in the latter category; his ability to represent the organization positively through media relations — one of Maddon's strengths — is important, too.

Whether these strengths lead to wins is to be determined, but Ross clearly impresed the Cubs for a multitude of reasons.

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