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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?

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Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:07 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Talking about Dusty of course

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:06 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

He already ruined Woody and Pryor,,why ya guys want him to ruin more young pitchers by throwing them til their arms fall off?

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:03 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Ryno is getting the Boston job !

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:53 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

The idea of Ryno managing the Cubs in 2012 is not a bad idea. Theo isn't expected to turn the Cubs around immediately, which gives him the Ryno option. However, Theo at the same time is expected to turn the Cubs around immediately. Which means he's probably hiring Francona so that the Cardinals do not get him and keep them from the playoffs. It's an ego thing.
But together Theo and Terry can give their partnership one more fresh start, and the opportunity to end the Cubs WS drought, which puts Ryno out in the cold. 

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:55 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Perhaps Ryno called Theo first and asked “may I be manager pretty please?”

While I am here, why would Theo fire a guy who has much minor league and some major league managerial experience, and then hire a guy with far less minor league and no major league managerial experience?

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:23 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Why would you just call up Sandberg and tell him he isn't be considered? c'mon olney..are you just stirring the pot? i see ryno managing this team in 2012.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:11 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Please take Dusty back.
I think one time was enough

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:46 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

Theo will hire who he wants and he runs the show. However, only he know what he has at hand to work with $$$ and depending on where we stand he will either need to hire someone who is willing to start from zero with a chance of loosing or some one who will demand in order to manage.. Joe Maddon knows the process as well as Bruce Bochy!!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:35 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

How about Bob Brenly

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:26 pm

Who will replace Mike Quade as Cubs manager?

I also agree that the next Cub manager is not mentioned in this article. And the fact that this guy or that guy has a Chicago connection should not factor in the decision: the main question is, can he manage?

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