CHICAGO -- Dave Martinez played up his strengths during his interview for the Cubs' managerial position.
Martinez, the Rays' bench coach who played parts of four seasons as a Cubs outfielder, said he maximized his chance Thursday to tell Cubs officials how he envisioned himself as their manager.
"They asked me more about where I would fit," Martinez said Sunday. "I answered their questions."
There are plenty of similarities in what the Rays have accomplished in the last six seasons -- which coincide with Martinez's tenure as their bench coach -- and what the Cubs are trying to achieve after sustaining 197 losses in two seasons while pouring resources into their farm system.
"We have helped develop a bunch of young kids at the major league level," Martinez said. "But at the same time, we've tried to build a strong mindset of winning with these young players. We're trying to build a winning culture."
Martinez said he was told Cubs officials would keep him informed of their next step, although he had yet to hear from them as of Sunday afternoon. The Cubs have been exploring all facets of their major league staff, from the manager's position to coaches. They even spoke to potential coaching candidates during a recent trip to Arizona to watch their top prospects in the Instructional League and Arizona Fall League, according to a scouting source.
If the Cubs don't announce a manager by Tuesday, they'll likely wait until after the World Series since Major League Baseball frowns on announcements during the Series. Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, who is recovering from hip surgery, remains a strong candidate.
Martinez, 49, who was with the Cubs in 1986-88 and 2000 and played three seasons with the White Sox (1995-97) during a 16-year career, is fully aware of the thirst of Cubs fans to win a World Series.
Although Martinez lacks managerial experience, he possesses several characteristics that could be enticing to the Cubs. Martinez is bilingual, and that could aid in the development of young Latinos such as Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.
Martinez's interview included game preparation and situations, although he tempered the significance of a segment involving videotapes in which he was asked to make decisions.
Martinez also has learned the nuances of delivering a message in a positive manner -- a trait that Cubs President Theo Epstein mentioned three weeks ago -- under Rays manager Joe Maddon. After finishing in last place in the American League East in nine of their first 10 seasons, the Rays have posted a winning record in six consecutive seasons and reached the playoffs four times.
Martinez has been part of those six winning seasons and four trips to the playoffs.
Although Martinez's Rays competed against Epstein's Red Sox for four seasons in the AL East, this marked the first time they spent extensive time with each other, along with general manager Jed Hoyer and other staff members before eating dinner at Ditka's.
"I knew of them and what they had done in Boston," said Martinez, whose Rays beat the Red Sox in the AL Championship Series in 2008. "It was a very good conversation. They're good baseball people."
Martinez has interviewed for managerial jobs with the Blue Jays, Indians and Astros.
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