Ryne Sandberg, ruled out earlier this week for the Chicago Cubs' managing vacancy, is among the candidates who will be interviewing with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Other candidates?

A man who earned the nickname "Super Joe" with the St. Louis Cardinals and the organization's long-time AAA manager were the first to interview for the team's managing vacancy.

A person familiar with the search told The Associated Press the Cardinals began the search for Tony La Russa's replacement by meeting with lower-key candidates Joe McEwing and Chris Maloney.

McEwing, a super sub with St. Louis in 1999, was hired as third base coach for new Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura earlier this week after success at the minor league level. Maloney has managed the Cardinals AAA Memphis affiliate the last five years.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the search is not public.

— The Associated Press 

Sandberg managed the Philadelphia Phillies' AAA team last season and the Phillies said they have granted the Cardinals permission to talk to him.

General manager John Mozeliak said in an email to the Associated Press that the Cardinals had not determined a public strategy for the search to find a new manager. Tony La Russa resigned this week, three days after the team won the World Series.

In-house candidate, Jose Oquendo, is also believed to be on the Cardinals' list. New Cubs general manager Theo Epstein has told Sandberg he isn't a candidate to replace the fired Mike Quade.

Former Red Sox manager Terry Francona will interview Friday for the position, according to WEEI radio in Boston. Patrick Mooney, Cubs beat reporter for CSNChicago.com also tweeted Thursday that Epstein hasn't ruled out Francona as a candidate to manage in Chicago.

On Oct. 12, two weeks after Boston chose not to pick up the option in Francona's contract for 2012, a Boston Globe report suggested his managing this season was possibly affected by pain medication Francona was taking after six procedures on his knee.

However, Francona noted he was dealing with the same problems during the four-month period when the team fashioned a 80-41 record.

Reports also surfaced about the dysfunction in a Red Sox clubhouse that produced a 7-20 record in September to turn what had been a once comfortable lead in the playoff race into an early off-season.

Boston's collapse was capped by a 4-3 loss to Baltimore, as Tampa Bay beat the Red Sox for the playoff spot on the final night of the regular season.

With files from Doug Harrison, CBC Sports