Blog Entry

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:11 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Since the end of the season, there's been the assumption that Mike Quade would be out as the Cubs manager and he'd be replaced by Ryne Sandberg. Everything seemed to be playing out that way this offseason when Theo Epstein was hired by the Cubs and never really gave the impression that Quade would return.

The Cubs made the first part official on Wednesday, but made a question of the second part in a release the team sent out saying Quade would not return in 2012. While Sandberg would be a natural fit, Epstein's quote in the release gives some pause:

"The managerial search process begins immediately.  We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success.  The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level."

That means Sandberg -- who has spent the last five years as a minor league manager -- won't be considered. According to's Buster Olney, Epstein has alerady informed Sandberg that he wasn't in consideration.

If Sandberg isn't a candidate, who will manage the Cubs in 2012?

Here's a look at some of the possibilities:

Terry Francona: Francona will always be tied to Epstein. The two had success in Boston and there's definitely a mutual admiration. Epstein has gobbled up former Red Sox cronies since joining the Cubs, what's one more?

Dave Martinez: The Rays' bench coach is one of the hottest names when manager positions have opened up -- and he's got a Chicago connection. Martinez had two stints with the Cubs, breaking in with the organization in 1986 before being traded to Montreal. He also played there in 2000.

Pete Mackanin: A Chicago native, Mackanin has already interviewed for the Red Sox job and in addition to serving as the Phillies' bench coach in each of the last three seasons, Mackanin has twice been an interim manager -- and both of those stints came in the NL Central, with the Pirates and Reds.

Dale Sveum: Like Mackanin, Sveum is being interviewed in Boston. And it shouldn't be a surprise that there will be overlap in candidates between the two, since Epstein was involved in rounding up the candidates for the Red Sox manager position. The two organizations will have similar lists when looking for its next manager. Sveum spent two years as the Red Sox third base coach and impressed the Boston brass (including Epstein) before returning to Milwaukee where he has served as third base coach, bench coach and hitting coach under three different managers.

DeMarlo Hale: Hale's been on Boston's staff since 2006, including the last two as Francona's bench coach. Hale is a Chicago native.

Tim Bogar: Like Hale, Bogar's also been on Francona's staff in Boston, serving as the team's third base coach the last two seasons and the first base coach in 2009. He also worked for Joe Maddon in Tampa. He's also managed in the Cleveland and Houston minor league organizations.

Mike Maddux: Not only is Maddux a respected pitching coach, he also happens to be the brother of a Greg Maddux, who is beloved by the Ricketts and has served in the Cubs front office. 

Joe Maddon: Maddon was a finalist for the Red Sox job when Epstein hired Francona. While Maddon has said he's not interested in going anywhere, there's always a chance. 

John Farrell: Sure, the Blue Jays put on a full-court press to keep him away from the Red Sox, but maybe they'll be more open to let him talk to a team outside the American League East. Farrell's son is currently a pitcher at Northwestern.

Joe Girardi: Girardi's name is always going to be connected to the Cubs job when it's open, even if there's little-to-no chance he leaves the Yankees at this point.

Bobby Valentine: His name comes up with just about every opening nowadays, so why not one more?

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @eyeonbaseball on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 1:12 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

If Sandberg isn't a possiblity for the cubs manager job why does he stay around there and why do they keep him?  better to go be a 3rd base or bench coach somewhere else at the major league level then stick around the I wrong?

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:17 am

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

So I guess the slow, cautious, rebuild the team process is out?  I would like to see Martinez get the job...or really just anyone other than Francona. 

Gonna be so funny to see all the angry Cubs fans faces when the Cubs finish in fifth again during a rebuilding year next season.  

Since: Oct 6, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:48 am

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

You're living in a dream world. Thank goodness you're not the GM or you'd probably have Sammy Sosa still on the team.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2011 7:46 am

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

I'd liek to see Brenly get the job. With sandberg coming in to coach 3rd or be his bench coach. Ryno gets his mlb experience, learns from a good guy on the job. and in 2-3 years Ryno gets handed the keys to the vista cruiser. primo!

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:35 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Even listening to bobby valentine do baseball games is a gut wrenching experience in itself.  Whenever that guy comments on games i turn the channel.  He says some of the dumbest things about stats and players.  I really don't know how that guy ever was even remotely successful managing anything.

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:57 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

I wish the obsession of Sandberg by the Cubs fans would stop. How is hiring a fan favorite of the 80s and 90s going to change the culture. I also feel that the inmates were running the asylum last year in the Cubs clubhouse. I have been a Cub fan since the 60s and I think we have to sit back and let Theo make the changes he feels needs to be made to develop a new culture. This is why he was hired. I knew since August that Quade would be fired, and I also knew that Sandberg would not get the job. They need to clean house with a new manager that is not part of the current culture and bring in a totally new coaching staff from the outside. If some of these jerks on the team won't play hard they will hit the road. I am really glad they are not hiring Ryno and dropping this mess in his lap.

The reason the Cardinals are interested in Sandberg is that they want someone who will keep the current coaching staff and not insist on bringing his own people in. How many new managers would do that? They obviously feel that Ryno would be willing to do that. I was at the game in 1984 when Ryno hit the homer off Bruce Sutter that won the game. I am a diehard Cub fan and a big fan of Ryno. I just do not think bringing back an old Cub icon is the right move when we need total change in culture. I do not think that Sandberg being given this mess would be what we need to change the culture of the team. Everyone needs to sit back and let Theo make the decisions to fix this mess. That is what he was hired for.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:44 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Can someone tell me WHY Bobby Valentine is getting whiffs as a managerial candidate?
WHAT has he EVER shown - outside of his time in Japan that he is a winning manager, some facts to keep in mind:
His managerial record is: 1117 wins vs. 1072 losses which is a .510 winning % - not very good! 
His average order of finish in his 15 years as manager is THIRD PLACE!  - (3.7 actually)
He's won 1pennant! - with the Mets in 2004 
He did have 1 World Series appearance - 2004 losing 4-1 to the Yankees
Sure he seems like a nice guy and is good on TV but he's not someone I would choose to manage my team, just wouldn't but that's just me I suppose. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:35 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

No he won't because the Cubs will hire him first, it's just not going to happen.
I would love him to manage the Sox but I just don't see it happening.
My first choice though even before Sandberg would be Brett Butler.
If Theo lets Sandberg get away that will be his first mistake as Cubs President and would NOT be a good way to start things out with the team. 

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:33 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

COME ON!!!!!!
We all KNOW who's going to be the next manager of the Cubs - Ryne Sandberg!!!!!!
He's an in demand managerial candidate, he's beloved by the fans and the Cubs don't want to make the same mistake the Dodgers did when they let then Albuquerque Dukes manager Mike Scioscia interview for the Angels opening.
Hiring Sandberg would be the HUGE splash that Theo & Jed Hoyer want to make right away on top of that Sandberg has shown himself to be a successful manager on the field too.
They may interview a few candidates but really when it comes down to it they know that Sandberg is their choice as the next manager but they better not shuffle their feet or they could lose out on him. 

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:15 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

chicago do yourself a favor and keep theo away from the free agents,,,,,,,,

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or