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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2001


Rothschild unsure of his next destination

Rothschild unsure of his next destination

CHICAGO -- Last week, it seemed almost certain Larry Rothschild would become the Cubs' next pitching coach.

Now the picture is somewhat muddled.

Rothschild said Sunday night he still has positive feelings stemming from his interview with team president Andy MacPhail and manager Don Baylor. But he will consider other options before announcing his decision, most likely Thursday.

"I'd like to decide sooner rather than later," the former Rays manager said. "But I need to examine everything and get as much information as I can. Some things have changed."

Minnesota, Houston and Florida have managerial openings. Rothschild worked as a consultant for the final two months of the season for the Marlins and won a World Series ring as their pitching coach in 1997.

Rothschild said he is not a candidate to become Milwaukee's pitching coach.

"There are a few possibilities," Rothschild said. "But I can't be exact on the situation. Some teams are still playing. Other teams haven't made decisions about their general manager and things."

Rothschild said there are no contractual issues with the Cubs and he is confident he could thrive under Baylor.

He said the team has not given him a deadline, "But I told them (I'd let them know) by the end of the week. They need to go forward, too."

Chicago mayor won't be rushed

If the Tribune Co. wants to pull the team out of Wrigley Field, so be it, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley said, insisting he will not be rushed or bullied into approving plans for more night games and bleacher seats.

"If they want to go, they can go," the mayor said. "Are they threatening us? I get those threats all the time. Where the Cubs play baseball is up to them, not me. I don't own this team. That's a moneymaker for the Chicago Tribune. That's a big moneymaker."

Daley said the Tribune would be treated "like any other company" seeking approval for an expansion that impacts the community.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported last week that the Tribune is demanding an answer from Daley in a few weeks, emboldened by a poll that shows local and citywide support for Wrigley Field expansion and more night games.

"If the package doesn't fly, then, unfortunately, we have to start to decide, 'Where are we?"' said Mark McGuire, vice president of business operations for the Cubs. "What is the future of Wrigley Field if we can't make improvements?"

Earlier this summer, the Tribune asked City Hall for permission to expand Wrigley by 2,350 seats, play 12 more night games and develop the property next to the stadium by building a parking garage, an ESPN Zone-style restaurant and a Cubs Hall of Fame museum with its own concourse leading into the stadium.

TIGERS: Lance Parrish said the team told him it did not want him back as third-base coach.

"I was very, very disappointed," he said. "This threw me for a loop. They've given me some options, such as a minor-league assignment. But I haven't made up my mind yet. I'm going to wait and see what other options I may have."

Earlier this month, the Tigers announced hitting coach Bill Madlock and bullpen catcher Ron Nedset would not return.

A Tigers spokesman said it would be up to manager Phil Garner to comment on Parrish's status with the team.

"I'm not ready to make a statement about that," Garner said.

TWINS: The consensus among players and former players is the new manager should come from within the organization.

"Definitely somebody that's been there -- be it (Ron Gardenhire) or (Paul Molitor)," former first baseman Kent Hrbek said. "Give it to both of them. Let them run it together.

"You get the experience of playing and the years of learning the game and knowing how to play it from Molly. And I know Gardy was a big student of the game and learned a lot from (former manager Tom Kelly)."

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