It’s official – or at least as official as we can make it – Ryne Sandberg will not be a part of new Cubs Manager Mike Quade’s coaching staff. While neither Quade nor Sandberg have come out and said it, sources close to the situation have indicated that Sandberg will not be a coach on Quade’s staff.
This “official rumor” comes as no surprise at all. Sandberg was devastated that Tom Ricketts and Jim Hendry did not name him the new Cubs manager. To be subjected to the inferior bench coach job underneath Quade would be way too much to swallow for the Cubs legend and Hall of Famer. Further, if the team did get off to a rough start for the 1st half of the season, there would be way too much chatter about Sandberg taking over the reigns as the manager. Throw in the fact that you’d hate to have factions with some guys supporting Quade and some guys supporting Sandberg, this makes all the sense in the world.
We’ll support Quade while he is in charge for 2 years. If he doesn’t get the job done, Quade and most likely, Hendry will both be gone after the 2012 MLB season. And then maybe the Cubs can revisit bringing Sandberg back as the manager.
I wish 2011 would get here soon – can’t wait to see if things get worse on the north side or if they just stay the same under Quade.