Former AAGPBL manager Jimmy Dugan has officially tossed his hat into the ring of the Chicago Cubs managerial opening Monday, requesting an interview with the team while reminding Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein that he’s previously managed “a team of chicks”.
The Cubs position officially opened last Sunday when the team announced that manager Joe Maddon would not be returning for the 2020 season. A number of names have been linked to the position, including former Cub catcher David Ross, but with the team unlikely to make any formal announcements before the World Series, Dugan is one of the most interesting names now linked to the opening.
“If you need someone who can whip a team of housewives into shape and get them ready to grind out a long schedule, I’m your man,” the former manager said in one of a series of Tweets addressed to Epstein, who says he’d like to create a culture of accountability in Chicago.
“You think you got a bigger diva than Madonna or Rosie?” Dugan asked Epstein in another Tweet, referencing his playoff run with the ’52 Peaches.
In yet another Tweet, Dugan said the Cubs “(have) talent, but without testosterone they’re gonna keep getting their asses kicked in a men’s league.”
Dugan previously requested a job with the San Diego Padres, telling Padres General Manager A.J. Preller that “this won’t be the first time I managed a team where I was the only one who had any balls.” Preller passed Dugan over for the younger Andy Green, who was also fired in September. Dugan has not publicly expressed interest in the Padres newly re-opened position.
Dugan last managed in 1952. He’s been legally deceased since 1967.