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Quade hired as Cubs manager

Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 3:17 pm
Mike Quade Well, look at that.

Seems like interim managers do have a shot at keeping their job, however.

With the Orioles, Mariners and Marlins all either moving on or poised to move on from interim managers and Jerry Dipoto falling by the wayside as interim GM, it's not a good time to be interim anything.

Except if you're Mike Quade.

Originally hired as a placeholder to replace Lou Piniella and make sure Ryne Sandberg didn't get thrust in a lose-lose situation, Quade instead ran up a 24-13 record as a 53-year-old behind the Cubs bench.

That's enough to stave off Sandberg, the prohibitive favorite. Quade is now the permanent manager of the club, as the Cubs' website reports .

Quade will receive a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season, with a news conference held at 4 p.m. EST announcing Quade.

Quade will begin his ninth year in the organization as skipper after serving as Piniella's third-base coach for four seasons. He previously managed Triple-A Iowa (where Sandberg now manages) from 2003-06.

It's not yet known whether Sandberg will leave the organization.

UPDATE : Sandberg has decided to look for a job outside of the organization, he tells the Chicago Sun-Times .

"I just digest it today and just kind of change my focus and change my way of thinking a little bit," he said, "and see if there’s another opportunity out there somewhere to manage at the major league level or coach at the major league level."

-- Evan Brunell

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