By Tyler Radecki
November 03, 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals will begin the process of finding a replacement for recently retired manager Tony La Russa on Thursday, according to STLtoday.com.

The search committee led by Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak will hold the first of a series of face-to-face interviews Thursday. The pool of “less than 10” candidates includes former Red Sox manager Terry Francona and longtime Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo, according to STLtoday.com.

The Cardinals, according to the website, also have permission to interview former Cubs second baseman and current Philadelphia Phillies minor-league manager Ryne Sandberg.

Other candidates include Chicago White Sox coach Joe McEwing, minor-league instructor Mike Matheny and Chris Maloney, the manager of the Memphis RedBirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cardinals, sources told the website.

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