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Quade says he's managing for his job

Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:39 pm
Mike QuadeBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs are 42-65 and aren't looking like they're getting better anytime soon. That has first-year manager Mike Quade looking over his shoulder -- which is probably a good idea.

Asked by reporters before Sunday's game in St. Louis if he was managing for his job, Quade replied in the affirmative. From's Patrick Mooney:

“I feel like that every day,” Quade said before the game. “You come here to solve problems, to teach, to make the best decisions you can make. (I’ve) come from a long line of one-year contracts and the idea of people being day-to-day when they’re hurt – I’ve always thought that was the case.

“I don’t feel any more or less like that. I come here to try and do the best I can every day.”

Much of the Cubs' struggles aren't Quade's fault -- the front office shoulders much of the blame. But the manager certainly isn't blameless. As Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted after Saturday's 13-5 pounding at the hands of the Cardinals, the Cubs have suffered, quoting Miklasz: "a remarkable collection of physical errors, brain freezes, indifference, feral pitching, the obligatory managerial meltdown and other acts of baseball malfeasance."

Miklasz highlighted Saturday's bottom of the fifth inning as what plagued the Cubs. In that fifth inning, St. Louis' Matt Holliday -- who was on first after being walked with the bases loaded -- took out shortstop Starlin Castro with a slide on a double-play ball. As Castro dusted himself off, another run came into score. The Cubs complained about the play, but never fought back. Outfielder Alfonso Soriano loafed after a double in the corner, allowing another run to score and then had a lazy and inaccurate throw allow another run to score and the runner to advance to third. In all, it added up to an eight-run inning and the team's 65th loss of the season.

So, yeah, it's not surprising Quade feels the heat in Chicago. He should. But he shouldn't be alone.

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Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 1:32 am

Quade says he's managing for his job?

Quade says he's managing for his job?  He should've thought of that back at the beginning of the year.  Yes the Cubs are a woeful lot of humans masquerading as athletes and ballplayers and yes he is in his first year of managing, but some of his decisions should have gotten hime fired many games ago.  For example, as the old saying goes ..."fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me".  I am an old, fat couch potato but even I know NOT to pitch to Albert Pujols with the game on the line. 

No matter how bad a slump Pujols is in or how many men are on base.  If Pujols can beat you don't pitch to him.  I think that law is nailed on the door of all but one NL clubhouse.  Yet back in June Quade decides NOT to walk Albert with bases empty in an extra-inning tie game.  Result of his over - Cubs lose.  OK, one bad decision.  Maybe cut the guy some slack.  Maybe he never heard of Albert Pujols.  But then he makes the same decision the VERY NEXT GAME!!!  With the same expected result.
"June 4  Cards 5 Cubs 4
Cardinals beat Cubs in 12 innings on Albert Pujols' HR
Next time Albert Pujols comes to the plate with a chance to win it, the Chicago Cubs might just take the bat out of his hands. Even with the bases empty."

"June 5  Cards 3 Cubs 2
Albert Pujols' HR lifts Cards past Cubs in extras for 2nd straight day
Pujols hit a game-ending homer in extra innings for the second straight day, beating the Chicago Cubs with a leadoff shot in the 10th inning of a 3-2 victory Sunday."

Quade thinks he's managing for his job?  I can't believe the Cubs ownership is still letting this guy park in their parking lot?

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 9:25 pm

Quade says he's managing for his job

Ok so I'm a Cubs fan and if you have taken any time to watch Cubs baseball you know Quade is way over his head.  Any manager who rides the youth in a 9-1 loss after a dropped ball in the first has no clue.  For Quade to say the veterens on the team are playing well and playing hard is a joke.  The veterens like Quade because he can't control them.  He will jump on Barney or Castro but won't say a flipping word to vets not running out balls. That's weak very weak -  The good coaches and managers don't fear players they do it the managers way or nothing.  The Chicago Cubs are the unsupervised kids in highschool that could party like a rockstar with mom and dad home.  The players run that thing over on the Northside of Chicago on Addison and Clark.

Since: Apr 11, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:14 pm

Quade says he's managing for his job

Sorry to hear that Quade is managing for his job. When this happens then it's almost always  a "lose- lose" situation for the person involved, the players and the fans.
The Cubs are going to let a lot of people go when this season ends but it also looks like they will be doing them a huge favor by letting them go.

Since: Oct 7, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:09 pm

Quade says he's managing for his job

I'm a die hard fan but I know when to surrender, not quit. I made a comment a while ago about the only thing that saves them is the location and history of Wrigleyville/lakeview, the rest is a joke. Some die hard know it alls don't like the truth, we are screwed with big contracts and free agent signings that don't work. Baseball is about streaks and Quade can't buy one. He will get blamed cause the front office and owners can't admit they screwed up. Getting rid of Fukudome was a start lets see if they can continue. Where is Sandberg now???? Hey Cuban since Basketball is a bust how bout making an offer to these chumps on the Northside! But Go Cubs Go!!

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:50 pm

Quade says he's managing for his job

JustJoe, Have you no clue? Save yourself the embarassment and dont post.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:11 pm

Quade says he's managing for his job

Its not your fault your owner has no money and stuck ya with the idots like 20 mil Zambrano wacko, 20 mil A-Ram, im hitting cause my contract is up, we have not seen this before. Sorriano, that one is way too easy.  That is the next dodger tragedy , look out chicago... 

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