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Cubs add Mark Loretta, Will Venable to list of managerial candidates

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Cubs add Mark Loretta, Will Venable to list of managerial candidates

In addition to David Ross, the Cubs announced Tuesday they are also considering Mark Loretta and Will Venable as internal candidates to be the team's next manager.

Loretta served as the Cubs' bench coach in 2019, his first year with the organization. The 48-year-old attended college at Northwestern and spent 15 years in the big leagues as a player from 1995-2009 with the Brewers, Padres, Astros, Red Sox and Dodgers. 

He crossed paths with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod in Boston in 2006. Loretta then joined the Padres front office in 2010 to work alongside Hoyer and McLeod before they migrated to the Cubs following the 2011 season.

Over his playing career, Loretta hit .295 with a .360 on-base percentage and .754 OPS. He racked up 19.4 WAR and made the postseason twice while playing all over the infield (at least 214 appearances at each of the four positions).

Venable, 36, just finished his playing career in 2016 and he spent nine years in the big leagues with the Padres, Dodgers and Rangers. He carries an Ivy League education, having attended Princeton where he played baseball and basketball. 

After retiring as a player, the Cubs immediately hired Venable in a special assistant role in the front office in 2017 and then made him the first-base coach in 2018, where he's served since. He filled in a few times at third base in 2019 while Brian Butterfield dealt with health problems.

Ross is still considered to be the frontrunner for Joe Maddon's replacement given his ties to the organization and relationship with many key players in that clubhouse. 

Former MLB player and current Dodgers front office executive Raul Ibanez is reportedly going to be in the mix, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi indicated Monday night:

Epstein said Monday there was at least one person on a team in the playoffs that is also on the Cubs' "broad list" of candidates, though Ibanez would check that box with the Dodgers.

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Fun facts about Cubs' Kyle Hendricks' nickname and golf game

Fun facts about Cubs' Kyle Hendricks' nickname and golf game

We’re nearing the eight-year mark of the trade that brought right-hander Kyle Hendricks to the North Side. That trade sent Ryan Dempster to the Rangers but almost didn’t happen — the Cubs nearly shipped the veteran right-hander to Atlanta.

Suffice to say, the Cubs are happy with the deal.

Hendricks is the Cubs’ most steady starter and signed a contract extension through 2025 last March. Here are a few things to know about him.

1. Hendricks grew up in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. and attended Capistrano Valley High School. The Angels drafted him in the 39th round of the 2008 draft, but he opted to attend college.

2. Hendricks attended Dartmouth, graduating in spring 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in economics modified by math. The Rangers drafted him in the eighth round in 2011, so he finished his studies across two fall terms while pitching in Texas’ and the Cubs’ farm systems.

3. Hendricks’ nickname is “The Professor,” a nod to his Ivy League education and his pitching style. It’s also one of former Cub Greg Maddux’s nicknames, and both he and Hendricks are soft-tossing, command pitchers.

4. He doesn’t play that much but Hendricks is a scratch golfer. His dad, John, qualified for the PGA Championship in 1991 and previously served as a teaching professional.

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Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

Kris Bryant has racked up plenty of big accomplishments during his five-year MLB career. With Bryant's emergence came the Cubs' rise to annual contenders — and ultimately their first championship since 1908.

From regular season heroics to leaving a mark on the All-Star game to postseason glory, here's a look at the top moments of Bryant's career.

Top 10 moments of Kris Bryant's Cubs career

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