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Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 4:39 pm
Sometimes, it's just not fair.

It's not supposed to be, mind you. The Cubs aren't supposed to keep Mike Quade around, just because it's not fair that a guy who waited so long for a chance to manage in the big leagues got stuck with a bad team and a bad hand.

The Cubs are supposed to be starting in a new direction with their Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer front office, and keeping Quade around for the final year of his contract only stalls that process. He's not the guy they want -- we know it, he knows it, the world knows it -- and moving on right now is absolutely the right thing to do.

Fair or not.

Take a moment, though to think about Mike Quade.

He's 54 years old. He managed 2,397 games over 17 minor-league seasons, in places like Macon, Rockford, Ottawa and Huntsville. He's a baseball lifer, and baseball lifers everywhere were thrilled when he got a chance with the Cubs.

But what kind of chance was it?

He had a flawed roster. He had a team that fought in the dugout four games into spring training. He had a general manager who found out at midseason that he was getting fired.

He had Carlos Zambrano, for heaven's sakes.

He lost 91 games, but I don't think anyone suggested that the Cubs would have done better if only they'd had a better manager.

I don't hear many suggesting that Quade was such a good manager that he should immediately get another job, either.

He'll get another job in baseball, that's for sure. His reputation is too good for him not to.

But this may well have been his one chance to manage in the big leagues.

He waited years for this chance, and they gave him the Cubs.

And now they've taken them away.

Category: MLB
Tags: Cubs, Mike Quade

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:54 pm

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

Danny KnobJob looks like he should be in the everglades Gator hunting instead of talking baseball! Hey, i wonder if the new Deliverance movie will need him? He could play the part well!

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:06 pm

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

Quade proved he wasn't a MLB manager on opening day, when he worked Dempster for 119 pitches on a cold day, with a bullpen that obviously hadn't been overworked. I wonder if that had anything to do with Demp having a bad year?

Incompetent is a kind word to describe Quade's managing style. Knobler is way off base defending Quade, who's only gift was inventing grade-school nicknames for the players.

West Coast Guy
Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:49 am
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Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:25 pm

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

Quad is a nice guy but lacks the demeanor to be the Cubs rebuilder. His biggest mistakes, which suggest why he is the wrong guy, deal with how he dealt with the players. He played the vests... the STINKING vets. He sucked up to the vets; his nicknames in press conferences when they sucked and when they achieved was just a small symbolic sign he had his head up his a**. Demp didn't have it tonight, star had a bad game, sore was a little late getting to the ball, marm just needs to get his arm slot back. What? Demp was a dump, star was only a star when he paid attention (ADHD?), sore was sorry, and marm was a harm. These pet references were annoying at best. They showed he was catering to bull crap verteran egos instead of finding a way to challenege them to achieve their best. He mismanaged young talent who should have had opportunities once the club was out of contention. Quade also made dunderheaded moves as manaer, like pitching to Puhols twice in a series with the game on the line only to see him go deep BOTH NIGHTS. Even I know not to do that. He is NOT the guy to bring along a developing franchise with new guys coming up. He will only reinforce the absurd. I like the guy. I like his story. I wanted him to succeed, but he was turrible, as Barkely would say.

To have smart guys in suits, and a limited thinker in blue poinstripes is not what I envision for starting the new era of Cubs baseball. Quade will find a job, don't feel sorry for him and has a couple million in his pocket. But, Cubs nation deserves a better mind in the dugout. Had, Hendry been smarter and given Ryno a job, maybe a second year would be warranted, because we wouldn't have see the kind of crap we saw this year, but sadly its too late now.

Baseball gods: PLEASE bring us Maddon. or Francona, or even Maddux (along with his brother Greg as pitching coach). Please....

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 8:47 pm

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

Granted he had a very flawed roster, some very lazy players, but all you had to do was to watch a couple of games to realize Mike Quade was not ready to be a major league manager. For a man that spent so many years managing and supposedly developing young players, that was probably his biggest flaw. He bounced Castro up and down the lineup like a yoyo. He regulary threw young players under the bus. When he had the chance to play some of the young players when the season was over for the Cubs, he played Reed Johnson and Marlon Byrd instead. Nothing against either of these players, but you already know what you have with them.
I don't even want him in the organization for these very reasons. The focus is being said to develope the minor league system. With his handling of young players in this past season, why would you want him in your system?

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 10:34 am

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

Master Theo and his new GM, Jedi Hoyer, are simply doing a thourough housecleaning, getting rid of 105 years of stench, and Quade was just a part of the trash to be dicarded. Master Theo is trying to bring the Cubs into a new century and a new era and he wants nothing to do with the "Cubbie" past. He will clear out the lockerroom as quickly as the contracts allow him to. Expect at least a 60% turnover of the active roster this year and by 2013 that should reach 90%, with Castro and Garza being the only survivors of the purge. There is no way Theo would consider Ryne Sandberg or even Greg Maddox for his vision of the Cubs future - they are aligned with the Cubbie past that Master Theo is trying with all his "force" to eradicate. (OK, too many Star Wars references - but it kind of fits) 

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:23 am

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

           Buddy they usually give managers three years to get the job done if not more. Pinella was welcome to stay as long as he wanted but quit mid season. Now I agree people need more than a year to build a team, but no team with Quade would have been good. With the whole organization starting fresh they need a manager with experience. Quade was just a bad manager on a bad team. He pitched Marmol WAY to much, had a new lineup every day, put the wrong relievers in and mad bad subs. He just was not a good manager and nobody followed him in the clubhouse. It sucks he only got one year, but hey, he didn't show that he could be a good manager. You don't put a pitcher known for sometimes being eradic with his pitches on the mound a day after he threw 33 pitches and 21 pitches the day before that and then leave him on the mound after walking 4 consecutive batters, let him give up a Grand Slam and CONTINUE to leave him to get slapped around by the Astros. Quade is not a good manager on the major league level. He's a good guy, but this isn't the guy I want my favorite team to have handing in a lineup card 162 times a year. 

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: November 3, 2011 2:09 am

Quade got one chance

I say let Quade stay at the big league level.?
What about as a BullPen Coach?
Or if all else fails he can take over Ronnie WooWoo's job...we'll just call him Quade QOOh-QOOh!!

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:44 pm

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

The real unfairness to the many baseball lifers toiling for decades in the minor leagues is not so much the Cubs firing Quade but rather the White Sox hiring Robin Ventura who had NO major or even minor league managerial experience.  That is a slap in the face to every minor league manager, and especially those in the Sox' minor league system.  Why ride busses, deal with immature young prospects, etc etc. if there is no hope of moving up to the major league team? It’s sad.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:32 pm

Quade got one chance -- and it had to be the Cubs

I love reading Knobler's articles. Not because he writes well. He stinks actually, and I read it as a set up for the comments. I never seen a writer with so many negative comments about his articles as consistant as Danny Knobler. He is everything a sports writer should not be, biased, sensitive, and unknowlegable. Often speaking of things he really becomes obviously unaware of, being often corrected by his readers multitudes of times. I would love to know how this man got the job. He must hold a ransom on somebody. He sucks!

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