Cubs decisionmakers were not surprised that Joe Girardi decided to stay managing the Yankees where he's spent most of the last 18 years as a manager coach broadcaster and player and now Chicago appears to be honing in on a very short list of serious candidates including the already interviewed duo of A.J. Hinch and Manny Acta.
Cubs people will not label anyone as a "favorite" yet but with their plan to add perhaps only one or two names to their original interview list the assumption is they were impressed by Hinch and/or Acta and confident they will find their next manager from a roster that includes those two plus Rick Renteria who'll be interviewed next week perhaps Dave Martinez and maybe one other. Martinez is said to have a good chance to garner an interview as well.
Word is the Cubs may put their energies into callbacks/second interviews another indicator that they believe they have their next manager on their original short list.
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