Rays bench coach Dave Martinez returned home from his interview with Cubs officials enthusiastic about his chances to be hired as their next manager.
"I thought it went well,'' Martinez said Saturday. "I thought it went really well.''
Martinez, 49, talked extensively during his visit with baseball operations president Theo Epstein and executive vice president/general manager Jed Hoyer and other members of their staff, and also met briefly with team chairman Tom Ricketts. In addition to the standard topics, Martinez said they had detailed talks about lineup construction and game preparation, and watched some video sequences after which Martinez was asked what moves he would make in those situations. "Game-in-progress kind of stuff,'' he said.
Martinez said he was now waiting to hear back from the Cubs on the next step in the process. The Cubs reportedly have interviewed Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, former Indians and Nats manager Manny Acta and former D-backs manager A.J. Hinch. There have also been reports of interest in Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux.
"They said they'd get back to me soon,'' Martinez said.
Martinez previously interviewed for manager jobs with the Indians, Blue Jays and Astros. He has been the Rays bench coach the last six seasons.