Cubs Talk Podcast: Kap breaks down the Cubs managerial search

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Kap breaks down the Cubs managerial search

David Kaplan shares his thoughts on the Cubs, the decision to move on from Joe Maddon (0:50), the process in hiring a new manager (2:40), and who should be in the dugout next season (4:05).

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David Ross grabs coffee with Theo Epstein during Cubs manager interview

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David Ross grabs coffee with Theo Epstein during Cubs manager interview

The Cubs manager search continues, this time with a Venti iced coffee. Chicago Sun Times’ Cubs beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer saw team president Theo Epstein out-and-about in Wrigleyville with former Cubs catcher and current special assistant to Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer, David Ross, grabbing coffee after their interview.

You can check out the pictures on Wittenmyer’s Twitter here.

But the question remains: is it just a Starbucks run or the start of something new?

Ross is the fourth candidate to interview for the Cubs’ managerial opening after the team parted ways with Joe Maddon. Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta interviewed last week, while first-base coach Will Venable interviewed on Monday. Joe Girardi interviewed the day before Ross, reportedly being spending eight-hours at the team’s offices.

While Ross is the rumored favorite, neither he or Epstein have made any indication of a decision being made. Ross told the Sun-Times the interview was “good,” declining a formal interview. When asked about being the favorite, he replied “I don’t know what a lot of people mean,” before turning the corner and walking away.

The Cubs plan to interview more candidates throughout the rest of the month. The Cubs have yet to comment on other potential candidates, only discussing the four already known to have been interviewed, though Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Yankees assistant Carlos Beltran are on the list of speculations

It is an interesting process to see how the Cubs will go about replacing the manager who brought home the long-coveted World Series win back to the north side. But in the meantime, we can try to enjoy the interview process, complete with copious amounts of coffee as if to say—hey, Cubs managerial candidates are relatable, they drink Starbucks too, they’re just like us!  

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Joe Maddon is gone, but his Wrigleyville restaurant is staying

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Joe Maddon is gone, but his Wrigleyville restaurant is staying

Joe Maddon is out as Cubs manager, and potentially headed to the Angels shortly, but his Wrigleyville restaurant isn’t going anywhere.

Maddon’s Post, which is located next to Wrigley Field on Waveland Ave. and Clark St., is still going despite the manager no longer being with the Cubs.

Eater Chicago got a statement from the restaurant which said, “It’s business as usual and the restaurant and bar will continue to be all that Joe and Chef Tony Mantuano envisioned.”

The restaurant opened in May with Maddon in the last year of his contract with the Cubs and questions about his future already in the forefront. Maddon’s restaurant in Tampa, Ava’s, has remained despite him leaving the Rays to join the Cubs after the 2014 season.

Maddon’s Post has also become a place for Cubs fans to leave thank you notes for the departed manager.

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