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Mackanin Makes Pitch For Cubs Manager
CHICAGO (AP) -- Pete Mackanin fielded so many questions during his interview for the Cubs' managing job that he probably could have used a mitt.

The Philadelphia Phillies bench coach made his pitch to Chicago's new management team at dinner Thursday and during his formal interview on Friday. He says the process was ``very comprehensive,'' and the front office ''didn't let me up for air.''

The Cubs are looking to replace Mike Quade, who was fired Wednesday after a 71-91 season that extended their infamous championship drought to 103 years. They are hoping new president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, along with fellow newcomers general manager Jed Hoyer and scouting/player development head Jason McLeod, can find a way to end that streak.

The 60-year-old Mackanin is from Chicago's South Side.

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