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Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 3:36 pm
The Cubs have fired manager Mike Quade, the team announced Wednesday.

Quade managed the Cubs for just over a year, taking over when Lou Piniella left midway through the 2010 season and then leading the team to a 71-91 finish in 2011. Quade was close with former general manager Jim Hendry, and his future was always in doubt once Hendry was fired and ultimately replaced atop the Cubs' baseball hierarchy by Theo Epstein.

The Cubs said that Epstein traveled to Florida on Wednesday to tell Quade in person that he will not be coming back. Quade's contract ran through 2012.

Quade, a 54-year-old baseball lifer, was something of a controversial choice last winter, with many Cubs fans favoring Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg, a Hall of Fame second baseman with the Cubs, left the organization and spent this season managing the Phillies' Triple-A team in Lehigh Valley.

Sandberg now becomes the fan favorite to replace Quade, but Epstein said in a press release that the new manager "must have managerial or coaching experience at the major-league level." Sandberg has neither.

Terry Francona, who worked under Epstein with the Red Sox and won two World Series, is a name that will come up. Some baseball officials were predicting Francona to the Cubs even before Quade was officially out, but some who know Epstein seriously doubt that an Epstein-Francona reunion will happen.

In his statement, Epstein praised Quade for his "passion, knowledge of the game, commitment and integrity." But that wasn't enough for him to keep the job.

"While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major-league staff, [general manager Jed Hoyer] and I believe the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction."

Epstein said the search process will begin immediately.

"We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success," Epstein said. "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."

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Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:19 pm

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

First off Joe Girardi was an average player along with Francona. To put Ryno in the same sentence as them is plain stupid. Anyways, I would love to have Ryno as a bench coach but thats not happening. You say I havent watched games? I watch every game, every year bud. He isnt getting a chance with the Cubs because it would be another PR stunt. We lose and everyone is still happy cuz Ryno is here. Obviously someone else agrees with my views on this so keep beating a dead horse. Go watch Theriot and the Cardinals.... Its fans like you that kill me. You also prolly believe we should sign Pujols or Fielder and keep ARam..... LOL

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:28 pm

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

You have been a fan for about the same as I have been.  You need to retract a little on what you said about great players do not make great managers.  I believe Joe Torre won 4 World Series titles.  Joe Giradi has a title.  (he would be a good one for the Cubs too).  Terry Francona.  We can keep going with several that have become pretty good managers.  I do not know why you dislike Sandberg so much but like I said he would make a good ADDITION to this team.  Of course as of today, it was told that they would not interview Sandberg so it also means they do not want him on the bench either.  So you will be happy.  You sound like you haven't watched too many games over the years there sour puss. Why you are being over reactive to my statements and wishes is unfounded.  I am definitely tired of the losing. As I mentioned earlier, there are some that are winners that are also former players.  It is hard for you to justify that he wasn't a winner himself in the field and at the plate then also he has won at all levels of the minor leagues.  SO why would he not get his first chance at the major league level with the Cubs by at least being a bench coach.  Somewhere to get his chance. I sure hope they get a good one otherwise I will be watching Ryan Theriot and the Cardinals again.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:08 pm

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

This shouldn't be a suprise to anyone that Quade was going to be one and done. The cubs are completely overhauling their front office and now manager. They have needed to do this for along time. It all begins in these positions. Now is finding a good manager to manage a young team, and picking up a few good free agents to build around. I could see a Francona reunion, or maybe asking Brenly.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: November 3, 2011 9:58 am

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

I know all of Sandbergs numbers as a player chicubs31 and that means squat when it comes to managing. Get a clue. He has done a good job in the minors with coaching...... GOOD! Lets get someone in here who is a proven winner (as a manager) and start winning ball games. Why does he DESERVE??? Great players dont = great mangers. You sound like an old "homer". Ive been a Cubs fan for 37 years and am sick and tired of the losing and the dumbass fans who are okay with it. I believe in TE and Im sure he will make the right decision. Bringing in Ryno would be just a move to make a few disillusioned fans happy. It would be like ol times.... Cubs could fill the seats and the fans would be OK with a losing season because HOF Ryno is the mangaer. Done with that Shit!!

Since: May 26, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:56 am

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

I just finished reading a piece on about Quade's dismissal and his reaction to his dismissal. Near the end of the article was a poll that asked if Quade should have been allowed to keep his job for the upcoming season. 75% of voters have selected no. That tells me that many of the so-called "fans" are nothing but blind imbeciles who are looking for somewhere to place blame.

On paper, you can see multiple reasons to fire Quade. The team won 71 games. The pitching was terrible. The team either led the majors with 134 errors. There was the Carlos Zambrano fiasco. The Carlos Silva fiasco. Arguments with Ryan Dempster in the dugout. The tension in spring training. These would all appear to be reasons to terminate the manager, but i feel that that is the wrong move. The blame wasn't on Quade, but rather on Jim Hendry, the architect of this monstrosity.

In the first week of the season, both Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner went down for significant periods. Losing two starters hurts any team, but especially one that is devoid of pitching depth. The blame for that belongs to Hendry. He traded away the top pitching prospect in the system to bring in Matt Garza, and others have been involved in trades or let go over the past few seasons. Hendry hasn't been that great in the draft either. Two pitchers on the staff currently are converted catchers (Wells and Carlos Marmol). It wasn't until this year the Hendry seemed to put any focus at all on the draft, and only time will tell if he made any sensible picks.

As for the errors, you can say that it is on the manager to coach his players on better technique, and you would be right. However, the manager isn't out there making the plays. He can drill the players in practice until he's blue in the face, heck they can do everything perfectly in practice but that doesn't matter once they get out on the field. When they are out there, and he's in the dugout, there is nothing more he can do. The errors are on the players. The players need to step up. Especially Starlin Castro, who led the team with 29 errors (15 more than Aramis Ramirez). He has all the tools to be a star, but he has to step up his defense. Part of it is coaching, but a good hunk of it is players putting the coaching into practice.
As for the team chemistry issues, that too falls on Hendry. Hendry assembled the team. Quade inherited it, and that means he inherited some inflated egos and tension caused by two seasons of missing the playoffs. Hendry is the one that controlled personnel, and so its his job to get rid of problems. Quade has to try and manage them, but he can't fix every problem. Sometimes its addition by subtraction, and in this case it didn't work because the higher ups wouldn't do what needed to be done.

Honestly, I believe Quade deserved another season with the club. He is a baseball lifer. He knows the game inside and out. You don't find that very often anymore. If you gave him a team that has any sort of cohesiveness, he can succeed. Look at his time as interim manager. He took a team that was lacking on talent, but great on synergy, on a great run. Over that four week period, the cubs led the majors in wins. That to me says he does know what he's doing, but he got screwed by a GM that saddled the club with a lot of unnecessar baggage.

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:04 am

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

Epstein ain't no savior. Didn't even bother to give Quade a chance like how he got a chance in Boston. They should given him another season with players to work, the current cubs roster is terrible. Epstein didn't do squat but give people ridiculous contracts, Hello he signed John Lackey who is rubbish and kept aging players and let see did they have a great farm system, no! All the Cubs will see is their payroll escalate and get 0 titles. Its a joke to see Epstein in Chicago.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:24 am

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

 This was no big surprise.  Theo is going to have his own people and so be it.  Is it unfair that he lost his job having little to work with, maybe.  Welcome to the real world.  New management or owners always means change, its part of the business.  I think watching what the Cubs do in the off season is going to be interesting.  I wouldn't rule Puhols and others out for a second.  They didn't bring Epstein in without giving him a big pocket book.  There are sons, fathers, grandfathers, and so on pulling for ya man!  Maybe, just maybe.......never mind there still the cubs. lol

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:55 pm

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

Epitome of a lame-duck in this situation.  Dont see Epstein hiring Francona, think that ship has sailed, but who then if not Sandberg??? ah hell...just bring back Pinella!!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:28 pm

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

I like the Classy move telling him to his face I think they should offer the job to Francona if he can make then crappy Red Sox into a contender than he can sure turn the Whinny Classless Cubs into a contender he might even be able to stop a second curse Francona or Brenley are the best options for the Cubs
I don't think that either Francona or brentley be hired as Cubs manager

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:14 pm

Cubs fire manager Mike Quade


  You must be either real young or have not seen what Sandberg has done as a player and manager.  Won defensive, offensive awards almost every year he played.  WON at all levels of the farm system. And won division titles in 84' and 89'.  Not his fault that Leon Durham let one through his legs in 84' and the pitching or hitting didn't hold up in 89'.  But if you would notice his stats, he did his job.  I trully believe he can teach CASTRO some defense and teach discipline to SORIANO if we have to keep him.  I believe he wouldn't take crap from any player and do nothing but help this team win.  As for what Grace has done with his wife, I guess I didn't read that but as for a player he was the hits and doubles leader of the 90's.  Took his fair share of walks.  Can probably teach this team how to take a walk which most of the past few years a Cub doesn't know what to do. And I did say in some capacity not necessarily manager at this time but I think he would be a good one. Bob Brenly would be a great addition. But Sandberg DESERVES to be a part of the rebuilding not left out.  Not living in the past either just thinking of the future in a COMMON SENSE way. 

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