After interviewing former Marlins manager Joe Girardi for their vacant skipper post, the Cubs plan to do likewise with two candidates within their organizational system.
Iowa manager Mike Quade and West Tenn skipper Pat Listach are expected to get interviews in the near future.
Quade has managed the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate since 2003. In 2006, he led the team to a 76-68 record. While with Ottawa, he was voted the International League Manager of the Year in 1993.
Quade attended the University of New Orleans and was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 22nd round, 560th overall, of the 1979 amateur entry draft.
Listach, 38, just completed his sixth season in the Cubs' minor league organization. The former American League Rookie of the Year (1992) spent the prior five seasons as Iowa's hitting coach before leading the Double-A club to an 80-60 record this year. During the 2002 season, Listach also had a brief stint as the manager of the club.
Before beginning his tenure with Iowa, the Natchitoches, La., native served as the hitting coach for the Lansing Lugnuts (Class A) in 2000 and in the Arizona Fall League following the 2001 season.
Listach was drafted out of Arizona State University in the fifth round of the 1998 draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He played six seasons of Major League Baseball with the Milwaukee Brewers (1992-1996) and the Houston Astros (1997). Following the 1997 season, Listach completed his playing career by seeing action for the Cleveland Indians' Triple-A affiliate and the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A club in 1998.
Girardi interviewed for the vacant job Monday, a spokesperson for the club said. He met with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.
"Joe and I spent the better part of the day together," Hendry said. "I thought it went very well."
When Chicago did not renew former skipper Dusty Baker's contract last Monday after four seasons, Girardi's name was immediately spotlighted as a possible successor. The native of Peoria, Ill., and former Northwestern University student, was a catcher for the Cubs from 1989-92 and 2000-02. After retiring as a player in 2003, he spent 2005 as a bench coach for the Yankees.
Girardi was dismissed by Florida last week after only one season despite leading his overachieving club to a 78-84 record and into contention for a National League Wild Card berth up until the season's final week. The Marlins were competing with a spartan $15 million payroll and a roster loaded with rookies.