Cubs to interview Joe Girardi, David Ross and Will Venable for managerial opening next week

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Joe Girardi expressed interest in the Cubs managerial job on Wednesday. Next week, he’ll get a chance to make his pitch.

The Cubs announced Friday that they’ll interview Girardi, David Ross and Will Venable next week for their managerial opening. The club also said that they interviewed Mark Loretta on Thursday.

Girardi expressed interest in the Cubs’ opening on Wednesday, speaking highly of the organization in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

"It's always been perceived as a good job," Girardi said. "A big reason is because of the fans and the opportunity to work at Wrigley Field all the time, and the excitement Cubs fans have brought for many, many years.

"I would think any manager that has managed would love to come to Chicago."

Of the candidates whom the Cubs have revealed, Girardi is the only one with managerial experience. He spent one year with the Marlins (2006) before joining the Yankees, where he managed from 2008-17. He was not brought back after leading New York to Game 7 of the ALCS in 2017, though he won the 2009 World Series.

Ross, a former Cubs catcher and current front office assistant, expressed interest in the job in an appearance on ESPN on Sunday. Cubs president Theo Epstein then confirmed Monday that the 42-year-old is on the team’s broad list of managerial candidates.

"I think it's one of the best jobs in baseball," Ross said. "I've got a lot of close ties with those guys. I think the interest would be there. I think my heart is drawn to that dugout a little bit."

Venable, 36, joined the Cubs as an assistant to Epstein in 2017. He’s spent the last two seasons as the team’s first base coach after nine big league seasons. Although he’s interviewing for manager, Venable told the Chicago Sun-Times that his interest is in “the organization in general.”

Loretta, 48, joined the Cubs as bench coach in 2019. He previously was a front office assistant with the Padres, working with former Padres and current Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer. He played 15 big league seasons from 1995-2009.

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