Source: Cubs to talk to Don Wakamatsu

Updated: September 22, 2010, 5:51 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- As Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry goes through the process of interviewing Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg in Arizona, another name has surfaced as a probable candidate for the Cubs managerial job.

Former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu will be contacted by the Cubs for an interview during the process of looking for a permanent replacement for retired manager Lou Piniella, according to a major league source.

Wakamatsu, 47, was fired by the Mariners on Aug. 9, his second season in Seattle. The Mariners expected Wakamatsu to lead them into the postseason following a 24-win turnaround in 2009. But they were an underachieving offensive team due to the failure of Ken Griffey Jr., who retired during the season, and Milton Bradley, who had physical and emotional problems throughout the season when they fired the major league's first Japanese-American manager.

The Mariners hired him in November 2008 as a relative unknown, a former bench coach and third-base coach in Texas and bench coach for Oakland.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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