Ricketts would not comment on the managerial search but a source confirmed he has interviewed each of the candidates.
Mike Quade, who has spent 17 seasons managing in the Minor Leagues, compiled a 24-13 mark when he took over for Lou Piniella, and has talked to Ricketts along with Ryne Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman who played 16 seasons, all but one for the Cubs. Sandberg was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year after a successful season at Triple-A Iowa. It was his fourth season managing in the Cubs' Minor League system.
The four also include Eric Wedge, who managed the Indians from 2003-09, compiling a 561-573 record. Bob Melvin also has interviewed for the Cubs job. He managed the Mariners from 2003-04 and the D-backs from 2005-09, and has a 493-508 record in seven seasons combined.
Ricketts was in Mesa on Tuesday to campaign for Proposition 420, which will be on the general election ballot Nov. 2. The measure is designed to allow the city to spend up to $84 million for a new Spring Training stadium and practice facilities for the Cubs.
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