The search for the Cub's new Manager is underway and I thought I would put my two cents in. I like Girardi and I think he would make a very good Manager for the Cubs. One guy I like even better is Lloyd McClendon. Most of us remember McClendon best as a member of the Cubs playoff team in 1989. He platooned with Dwight Smith in left field.
I feel like Lloyd McClendon was very underrated when he was the Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The front office was constantly trading away proven talent and McClendon had to develop young players on a consistent basis. I have always wandered what he could do with a talented team.
Lloyd McClendon is currently the bench coach for the Detroit Tigers, who are in the playoffs. He has been a Manager, bench coach, hitting coach, and bullpen coach in his career. He has also been under Jim Leyland for several seasons now, which I look at as a plus.
I really think McClendon's strengths really line up with what the Cubs are looking for or should be looking for: he has Manager experience, he has experience and has had some success developing young talent, he handles a pitching staff and especially bullpen well, he has some fire - which I think could have come in handy this year, and he is well respected by his players. All this and he is an ex Cub to boot.
What are your thoughts?