Is Mike Quade the front runner for the Cubs managerial job – all signs point towards a Quade hire in the upcoming weeks.
One candidate – Eric Wedge – was hired by the Seattle Mariners on Friday.
In a recent statement sent to Cubs season ticket holders about the 2010 MLB season and what lies ahead for the Cubs organization, the Ricketts Family singled out Mike Quade for the incredible work he did as Cubs interim manager during the final 37 games of the 2010 MLB season. Quade guided the Cubs to a 24-13 mark during that stretch, which was the 2nd best record of any team in baseball during that period. In the same letter to season ticket holders, Ricketts complemented 2 scouting employees for their solid work in the minor leagues, but he never mentioned the fact that Ryne Sandberg guided his club to within 1 game of the Pacific Coast League playoffs or the fact that he was named PCL Manager of the Year. Are these telling signs that the Ricketts and GM Jim Hendry have already decided to go with Quade? Or are we reading way too much into this.
Things are all quiet on the North Side front these days. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens. I like the fact that Quade earned the respect of his players and that the organization likes Quade, who has a ton of major league coaching experience. But the franchise is in a major state of transition right now – the next few years are make or break for the team – and they have young stars like Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, Andrew Cashner and James Russell that are on the brink of doing something great. I would hate to put it all in the hands of a coach who has never managed in the major leagues before. Come on, isn’t that the knock on Sandberg? If Pinella hadn’t decided to leave in the middle of August, Quade would never have even gotten a chance to be the Cubs “interim manager”. Would we even be talking about him as a candidate given the fact that he would have had no major league managerial experience either? This has the bad taste of a Cubs debacle written all over it. I hope Quade, Sandberg or the new Cubs manager proves me wrong, but I have a feeling that we are in for another long ride on the north side for the next few years…