(670 The Score) The Cubs will be busy next week interviewing candidates for their managerial vacancy.
The team will interview former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Cubs front office special assistant David Ross and Cubs first-base coach Will Venable for their managerial position next week as they continue their search to replace Joe Maddon.
Girardi interviewing represents a new development, as the Cubs had previously revealed that Ross and Venable were candidates. The Cubs also confirmed that they interviewed bench coach Mark Loretta for the job Thursday.
Girardi, 54, is a Peoria native who attended Northwestern and was drafted by the Cubs in 1986. He played seven of his 15 MLB seasons with Chicago. He managed the Marlins in 2006 and then the Yankees from 2008-'17, leading them to a World Series title in 2009. His managerial record is 988-794 (.554). He currently works as an analyst.
Girardi acknowledged his interest in the Cubs' opening during an interview on the Mully & Haugh Show on 670 The Score on Wednesday.
"When you look at managing in Major League Baseball, there are only so many jobs," Girardi said. "So obviously anything that comes across your desk, you're going to be interested in. You can't just go to another city and say, 'I'm going to be an orthopedic surgeon here.' You can't do anything like that. So there's 30 jobs. There's obviously 10 teams in the playoffs, so those jobs probably aren't open. You start to look at the other job available, and obviously I have a lot of ties to Chicago. Any job out there is going to interest me, because I would like to manage again."
Girardi was considered for the Cubs' managerial openings after the 2006 and 2013 seasons.
Ross, 42, was worked for the Cubs in an advisory capacity for the past three years after playing for them in 2015 and 2016, when he was a key member of their championship team. He also works as an ESPN analyst.
Some believe Ross is the favorite for the job because of his strong relationship with the Cubs front office and the bond he holds with the remaining players from the 2016 championship team.
Venable, 36, had been the Cubs' first-base coach for the past two seasons. He initially joined the organization in September 2017 as a special assistant to the president/general manager. He'll be interviewing for a managerial vacancy for the first time in his coaching career.
The Cubs have at least one candidate on their list who's currently coaching for a playoff team, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Monday. There could possibly be more, and the Cubs will look to interview such individuals when time permits.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.