With all the hype around the hiring of the next Cubs manager it appears former Cleveland manager Eric Wedge’s name has somehow been lost in the shuffle.
However, a baseball source told ESPNChicago.com that Wedge is still an A-list candidate for the Cubs job along with Ryne Sandberg and interim manager Mike Quade.
Most people have forgotten that Wedge was the first to be interviewed by Cubs GM Jim Hendry when the search for a new manager began following Lou Piniella’s Aug. 22 retirement.
Wedge has been contacted by numerous major league teams and will be a strong candidate for any other job that opens up if he’s not hired by the Cubs.
Wedge won two manager of the year awards in the minors and one in Cleveland in 2007. The former Indians manager will get a second interview with the Cubs -- if he hasn’t already had one. The Toronto Blue Jays, according to other sources, have already contacted Wedge about their manager opening with Cito Gaston set to retire.
The Cubs snapped their 18-inning scoreless streak with an RBI single from Brad Snyder in the 9th inning of Thursday’s game. That run proved to be the game-winner. The run-scoring single also snapped a team 0-for-13 streak with runners in scoring position.