Tag:Mike Quade
Posted on: September 19, 2010 6:51 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 7:25 pm

Maple bats to become a hot topic again

Tyler Colvin For the last couple of years, the subject of shattered bats has been  a topic the media has found interesting, if not anyone else.

Sunday's events in South Florida may change that.

Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin is currently at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami with a tube in his chest keeping his lung from collapsing after he was hit by part of Welington Castillo's bat. Colvin is being treated for pneumothorax, a puncture of the chest cavity, which allowed air into the chest wall with the potential of a collapsed lung. He will remain hospitalized for two-to-three days and won't play again this season, Cubs manager Mike Quade told reporters.

Castillo told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan he didn't know what was going on at first, but once he realized what happened, he was having trouble keeping it out of his mind.

"I feel really bad about it," Castillo said. "It's wasn't on purpose, but he's my teammate."

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija was on deck when Colvin scored.

"I thought he was fine, I thought we were just joking around," Samardzija said. "I saw  little something on his shirt and said, 'Hey man, you should probably get inside.'"

Marlins catcher Mike Rivera said it looked like Colvin "was being stabbed."

Pirates hitting coach Don Long was hit in the face by a broken bat two years ago. After Sunday's events, he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel , "I got hit in the face. [Colvin] got hit in the chest. I mean, what's it going to take?"

Long was hit by Nate McLouth's shattered bat made of maple.

Wellington Castillo Quade even said he was surprised it hadn't happened sooner, noting maple bats.

The Associated Press' story notes Castillo was using a maple bat.

The conventional wisdom is that maple bats tend to shatter more when they break than bats made of ash. Even if the maple bats don't break as often, the theory goes, when they do break, they're more dangerous.

MLB reduced the number of maple bat suppliers authorized to have ether goods used in the big leagues before the 2009 season and made some changes in the minor leagues before this season. More changes could be on the way if Castillo was indeed using a maple bat.

UPDATE: Castillo told MLB.com that he's used maple bats his "whole life."

At least one teammate, Jeff Baker, said he doesn't like maple bats because of the way they can shatter.

"That's the danger of a maple bat," Baker said. "I saw an umpire get slashed on the neck in Kansas City. It's just not worth it to me to use that kind of bat. I don't want that on my conscience."

Umpire Brian O'Nora suffered a concussion and a cut on his forehead after part of Miguel Oliva's broken bat hit him in the head in a game in 2008.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 12:12 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 12:14 pm

Cubs' Quade benches Castro

Mike Quade Mike Quade isn't guaranteed to manage past this season, but he's not managing like it.

Quade, who took over for Lou Piniella, is a candidate for the Cubs' managerial position, if a longshot. Still, he benched rookie shortstop Starlin Castro for Monday's game after Castro didn't run out a grounder that ended up being a double play ball in Sunday's 18-5 loss to the Mets.

Castro apparently forgot how many outs there were in the inning, slowing up on his grounder and getting doubled up.

"Do you want to scream and yell about it? No," Quade told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune . "I want the guy to take a step back and take a look at what goes on around here from a different perspective … Give himself a chance to clear his head and figure out exactly how he can compartmentalize all the different tasks that go with that position and playing at this level. I think a break will help him."

Castro is hitting .363/.388/.493 since the All-Star break and is one of the leading candidates for the National League Rookie of the Year (more on that later).

Darwin Barney is starting at short for the Cubs against the Astros on Monday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Wedge interviews for Cubs gig

Add Eric Wedge to the list of candidates for the open Chicago Cubs managerial position.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had dinner with Wedge last night and spent all day with him today in a "thorough interview process."

Wedge becomes the second "known" candidate, along with interim manager Mike Quade. Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame Cubs second baseman and current Triple-A manager, has thrown his name into the ring and it's assumed he'll be a candidate. Other names thought to be in contention are former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Nationals coach Pat Listach. Listach interviewed for the job in 2006, as did Girardi.

It's not surprising the Cubs are moving this fast on their decision, but still don't expect any final choice anytime soon. If Girardi is a legitimate candidate and if they do have real interest, he's unlikely to have much time before late October to go through a similar "thorough interview process."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 3:10 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Trammell not a candidate for Cubs gig

Alan Trammell Apparently Alan Trammell failed his audition with the Cubs.

With Lou Piniella retiring after today's game, the team has announced Mike Quade as the team's interim manager.

Quade is the team's third base coach, while Trammell serves as the bench coach. Trammell had served as the team's manager during several absences by Pinella this season. So why is Quade taking over full-time on Monday?

Because he's a candidate for the full-time gig and Trammell's not, general manager Jim Hendry told reporters (via the Chicago Sun-Times ).

"Alan's terrific and an outstanding coach," Hendry said. "The last few weeks I've made the decision Alan won't be a candidate for the managerial job. He understood. The decision I made is if he wasn't going to be the manager, we'd be better served not having him be managing the rest of the year."

Quade joined Piniella's staff in 2007 after serving as the manager at Triple-A Iowa from 2003-06.

Trammell managed the Tigers from 2003-05 and went 186-300, including an American League-record 119-loss season in his first year with Detroit.

Ryne Sandberg Trammell is similar to the person many think is the leader to take over the Cubs next season -- Ryne Sandberg.

Both were beloved players and arguably had Hall of Fame careers (Sandberg is in, Trammell is not, and there are good arguments on either side).

Sandberg is currently the manager in Iowa and leading the team to the playoffs. He's paid his dues managing, working his way up in the Cubs system from Class A Peoria in 2007, to Double-A Tennessee in 2009 and Iowa this season.

Trammell had served as a major league coach before taking over the Tigers, but hadn't managed before taking over the Tigers.

Would Cubs fans be quick to turn on one of their legends? Or would they give him the benefit of the doubt before turning on him? In the end, would it hurt his legacy as one of the team's all-time greats? If he doesn't get the job, Cubs fans may be equally upset.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: August 22, 2010 12:18 pm

Piniella to retire after today's game

Lou Piniella Lou Piniella won't stick around to see the end of this season, the team announced Sunday morning. Third base coach Mike Quade will take over for the rest of the season.

Piniella told reporters (via the Chicago Sun-Times ' Gordon Wittenmyer's Twitter ) it was to be with his ailing mother.

"I didn't think my career would end this way, but my mom needs me home," Piniella said. "She hasn't gotten any better since I've been here. In fact, she's had a couple of other problems. To continue to go home and come back wasn't fair to the team, wasn't fair to the players. I'm going to miss it, no question about that. It was very difficult."

Here's the release from the Cubs:

Lou Piniella today announced he has elected to step down as manager of the Chicago Cubs following this afternoon’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field for family reasons.

“When I previously announced my intentions to retire at the end of the season, a primary reason for my decision was that it would allow me to spend more valuable time with my family,” said Piniella.  “That time has unfortunately gotten here sooner than I could have ever expected.  As many know, the several weeks since that announcement was made have been very difficult on a family level, requiring two leaves of absence from the club.  While I fully intended to manage this club the rest of the season, a family situation at home now requires my full attention. 

“As I said last month, I couldn’t be more appreciative of the Cubs organization for providing me the opportunity to be their manager.  I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything in the world and I consider this the ultimate way to end my managerial career. 

“I am thankful to the Ricketts family for their support – Cubs fans are fortunate to have an owner like the Ricketts family to lead this organization for the long-term.  I also couldn’t be more thankful to Jim Hendry for bringing me to Chicago.  We enjoyed a great deal of success together and I’ll always value the relationship we had during our time together.  Thank you to Crane Kenney and the Cubs front office for your support throughout the years.

“I couldn’t be more appreciative of my coaches and training staff.  They have been professional and supportive.  And thank you to my players for the successes we shared and their efforts.

“Finally, to the Cubs fans, thank you for four wonderful seasons.  You are the best, most deserving fans in all of baseball and it has been an honor to manage your ballclub.” 

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts and General Manager Jim Hendry released the following statements:

“The Chicago Cubs are honored to have had Lou Piniella as our manager for the last four years,” said Ricketts.  “My family and I respect Lou's decision to retire from the game he loves and thank him for his years of dedicated service.  He is an icon in the world of baseball and we are grateful for his time with this organization.”

“Lou helped raise the bar here for this entire organization and for that we’ll be forever thankful,” said Hendry.  “We understand he needs to be with his family and respect his decision to retire at this time.  We salute his tremendous career and wish him and his family long-term health and happiness.”

One of only five skippers to win at least three Manager of the Year Awards, including 2008 with the Cubs, Piniella retires the 14th winningest manager in major league history.  He enters this afternoon’s game with 1,835 wins in his near 23 big league seasons as a manager.  Piniella is the first Cubs manager in more than 70 years to post a record of .500 or better in each of his first three seasons leading the club.

Piniella enters his final game with the Cubs with a 316-292 record in his three-plus seasons in Chicago.  Only seven managers have won more games than Piniella in club history, while his .520 winning percentage is the best since Charlie Grimm’s .547 combined mark from 1932-38, 1944-49 and 1960 (minimum 500 games).  Piniella is the first Cubs manager in 100 years to lead the club to consecutive post-season appearances in 2007 and 2008.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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