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:
Raul Ibañez, long viewed as a candidate for the #SFGiants managerial vacancy, will be considered by the #Cubs, as well. Has big-market experience as a player, front-office background with #Dodgers, and is an exceptional communicator in English and Spanish. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 30, 2019
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.