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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:53 am

Morning Pepper: Cabrera concern

Miguel Cabrera
Some things are more important than baseball. Miguel Cabrera's life is one of those things.

For the second time in his career, Cabrera's alcohol abuse has become a public issue. The first was at the end of a season, this time it's at the beginning.

Cabrera underwent counseling after the 2009 season and his incident with his wife at their home. He rebounded with the greatest season of his young career in 2010, but then came Wednesday's arrest for DUI in Florida.

Now is the time for the Tigers to worry about Cabrera, not the 2011 season. Cabrera needs professional help right now, and if he needs to miss all of spring training or even part of the regular season, so be it.

The team is apparently doing due diligence in Cabrera's fate, which is not only the right thing to do for the person, it's also the best thing to do as a business. Cabrera is 27 and has the prime years of his career ahead of him. He's also signed through 2015 (at $20 million or more per season from now throughout he end of the contract), so his problem is the Tigers' problem.

It's a sad tale, and hopefully has a happy ending. That ending doesn't necessarily have to do with baseball, but Cabrera's well-being and the rest of his life.

WORST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE?: Even thought he cliches about "best shape of his life" spring training stories have become cliche, but no need to wear that meme out with Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez "clearly looks bulkier," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Clint Hurdle says he's just "big-boned."

MEET THE BENCH: Cubs manager Mike Quade said he'll consider pulling left fielder Alfonso Soriano late in games. (Chicago Tribune )

SAFETY FIRST: Carlos Santana will play some first base this spring, hoping to keep his bat in the lineup and give his legs a break from catching.

Santana said he played third and the outfield in the Dodgers system and expects the move to be relatively easy.

The Indians did the same thing with Victor Martinez before they traded him to Bosoton. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

ROSTER MOVE: In one of the more striking roster moves of the season, the Orioles have placed Alfredo Simon on the restricted list to make room on their roster for Vladimir Guerrero, whose signing became official today.

Simon is in jail in the Dominican Republic as the prime suspect in a fatal shooting. (Baltimore Sun )

ARBITRATION DATE: Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is headed to an arbitration hearing today in Phoenix.

Pence will make either $6.9 million if he wins his case, $5.15 million if he loses it. I wouldn't mind losing like that.

OPENING A'S: Oakland manager Bob Geren won't make a decision about his opening-day starter until later in spring training. It's likely between Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson. (San Francisco Chronicle )

LEAGUE LEADERS: The Mariners may not lead the league in much, but their bullpen could lead the league in tattoos.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times talks to relievers Brandon League and Justin Miller about their tattoos.

Baker also has a story about the ol' days when players had to have off-season jobs.

MUST READ: Sean Kirst of the Syracuse Post-Standard writes about Jacob Francis   the first African-American umpire. Francis umpired an exhibition game between the Syracuse Stars and the Proivdence Grays in 1885. He may have also been a neighbor of Moses Fleetwood Walker.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Feb. 18, 1944, the Reds signed 15-year old Joe Nuxhall to a major-league contract. Nuxhall was in uniform on opening day, but didn't appear in a game until June 10, 1944. Eight years later, he'd start his big-league career in earnest, pitching until 1966.

TODAY'S TIMEWASTER: has this amazing ballpark database. Go there only if you don't have plans for the next hour.

BROWSER SWITCH?: I tried out Google's Chrome browser, but didn't have much luck with it, so I stuck with Firefox. However, the newest feature may get me to switch -- a personal blacklist can remove sites from Google search results .

BAD NEWS: Giordano's filed for bankruptcy .

GOOD NEWS: Radiohead's releasing the digital version of its new album a day early , so if, like me, you've already ordered it, you should get it today.

VAN LENNON: A Jump-Imagine mashup for your enjoyment.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:13 pm

Cubs looking to fill rotation from within

James Russell Left-hander James Russell will compete for a spot in the Cubs' starting rotation, manager Mike Quade told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan .

Russell was 1-1 with a 4.96 ERA in 57 appearances out of the bullpen for the Cubs as a rookie in 2010. He struck out 42 in 49 innings, while walking 11 and allowing 55 hits. He gave up 11 home runs, two for every nine innings pitched.

"I don't get too worked up early on, because, bang, all of a sudden you blink and things change," Quade said. "All of a sudden you've got two additions [in Matt Garza and Kerry Wood] who have specific roles and have earned them, and now it puts the kids and a lot of the other people in flux. The idea that you can never have enough pitching is huge. We'll see how the back end looks as it shakes out."

Garza, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster are already pencilled in for the team's rotation, with Russell, Carlos Silva, Randy Wells, Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Tom Gorzelanny and Jeff Samardzija battling for the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:00 am

Sandberg hired to manage Phillies' Triple-A team

The Phillies have announced they've hired Ryne Sandberg as their manager at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Sandberg served as the manager for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa the last two seasons and was a finalist to replace Lou Piniella, but was passed over in favor of Mike Quade.

Sandberg was drafted by the Phillies in 1978 and debuted with the Phillies in 1981 before being traded to the Cubs along with Larry Bowa for Ivan DeJesus before the 1982 season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 9:24 am

Girardi could get three-year deal

Joe Girardi
A couple of months ago, there were visions of Joe Girardi coming off another Yankees championship as a free agent and being tempted by several other high-profile managing jobs.

But the picture looks a lot different now. Girardi didn't earn another ring, and the jobs to which his name had been attached are now gone. The Cubs hired interim coach Mike Quade. The Dodgers hired Don Mattingly. The Cardinals re-upped Tony La Russa.

The New York Post says there will be no announcement of a contract extension for Girardi when he and general manager Brian Cashman are scheduled for a media post mortem of the season at Yankee Stadium. But that deal could be struck soon, and is likely to be for three years.

Also in question are the futures of several Yankees coaches, not because the Yankees don't want them back but because they could draw interest elsewhere. Hitting coach Kevin Long has had suitors in the past, and Dave Eiland could be recruited by several teams in the market for a pitching coach. Bench coach Tony Pena is supposedly a candidate for the Marlins' managerial job, but told the Post on Sunday he hadn't been contacted by the team, though they might just be giving Pena a cooling off period after the Yankees' ouster.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 3:17 pm

Quade hired as Cubs manager

Mike Quade Well, look at that.

Seems like interim managers do have a shot at keeping their job, however.

With the Orioles, Mariners and Marlins all either moving on or poised to move on from interim managers and Jerry Dipoto falling by the wayside as interim GM, it's not a good time to be interim anything.

Except if you're Mike Quade.

Originally hired as a placeholder to replace Lou Piniella and make sure Ryne Sandberg didn't get thrust in a lose-lose situation, Quade instead ran up a 24-13 record as a 53-year-old behind the Cubs bench.

That's enough to stave off Sandberg, the prohibitive favorite. Quade is now the permanent manager of the club, as the Cubs' website reports .

Quade will receive a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season, with a news conference held at 4 p.m. EST announcing Quade.

Quade will begin his ninth year in the organization as skipper after serving as Piniella's third-base coach for four seasons. He previously managed Triple-A Iowa (where Sandberg now manages) from 2003-06.

It's not yet known whether Sandberg will leave the organization.

UPDATE : Sandberg has decided to look for a job outside of the organization, he tells the Chicago Sun-Times .

"I just digest it today and just kind of change my focus and change my way of thinking a little bit," he said, "and see if there’s another opportunity out there somewhere to manage at the major league level or coach at the major league level."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:51 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:11 pm

Wedge interviews in Chicago

Eric Wedge The Cubs interviewed former Indians manager Eric Wedge, reported .

The report notes interim manager Mike Quade and Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg have already interviewed with Tom Ricketts, the team's chairman of the board. Wedge had previously interviewed with general manager Jim Hendry.

Bob Melvin is also said to be a candidate for the job and may have interviewed, as well.

Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09 and was the American League Manager of the Year in 2007.

Wedge's name has been up for just about every managerial opening this offseason.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 8:22 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Quade doesn't know when he'll interview

Mike Quade Mike Quade hasn't interviewed for the Cubs' managing position yet and doesn't know when that interview will take place.

Quade was given the interim position over bench coach Allan Trammell because he was considered a candidate for the full-time position and he's certainly done nothing to disappoint since.

General manager Jim Hendry is keeping his mouth shut about the selection process -- not just to the press apparently, but to Quade, as well.

"I really am in day-to-day mode," Quade told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan . "I'll manage here these three days and finish up. I'm in no worry to leave Chicago. I do want to catch a fish, but I'll be there several days. I've talked so much about the process, that process will take care of itself, too. I'm flexible as can be.

"When that conversation happens, if anyone needs me, I'm always available, whether I'm in Florida or whether I'm in Chicago."

Quade was considered a longshot when he took over the club. After leading the team to a 22-12 recur since taking over, he's become a favorite, along with Cubs legend Ryne Sanberg.

The Cubs have said they'd like a manager in place before the organizational meetings begin the first week of November.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:18 am

Cubs players want Quade back

Mike Quade Cubs starter Ryan Dempster has thrown his support behind interim manager Mike Quade to get the full-time gig.

"He's done a great job and I hope that he's here longer than just this year," Dempster told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan . "I hope he's managing for us next year because he deserves it. He's done everything they've asked, and everyone in here really likes him."

The Cubs are 21-11 under Quade and 14-3 on the raod.

"The record speaks for itself," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "The way we're playing, the way we're executing, just all-around."

Byrd said he wanted Quade back, but wasn't going to lobby for him.

"That's not my job at all," Byrd said. "[Jim] Hendry has a better feel than I do. He knows what he wants to do."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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