Mackanin makes pitch for Cubs job

CHICAGO -- Managing the Cubs would be a dream come true for Chicago native Pete Mackanin.

"I grew up in Chicago," Mackanin said Friday. "It would be a thrill to take this Cubs team to the top and be a part of it."

Mackanin became the first candidate to officially interview for the Cubs managerial job, meeting with members of the front office on Friday before being turned over to the Chicago media as a final test. The 60-year-old Mackanin had dinner with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer and VP of scouting and player development Jason McLeod at a downtown hotel on Thursday night.

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