Report: Francona on Cardinals' short list

November, 2, 2011
11/02/11
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Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is part of a pool of "less than 10" candidates the St. Louis Cardinals hope to interview to replace Tony La Russa, according to a report in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

According to the report, Francona and longtime Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo are among those under consideration. The Cardinals also have received permission to interview Hall of Fame Cubs second baseman and current Phillies minor-league manager Ryne Sandberg.

The team's search committee will begin the interview process Thursday.

General manager John Mozeliak declined to comment on specific candidates, but according to the report, Mozeliak also plans to interview Memphis manager Chris Maloney, minor-league instructor and former Gold Glove catcher Mike Matheny and Chicago White Sox coach Joe McEwing, citing sources familiar with the process.

Francona is the only one of the six listed candidates with prior major-league managerial experience.

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