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Is Mike Quade the Front Runner for the Cubs Managerial Job?

Posted on 16 October 2010 by Lou

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…

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Cubs Managerial Search Update – Eric Wedge, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Quade, Bob Melvin

Posted on 12 October 2010 by Lou

The latest Cubs managerial search update revolves around Tom Ricketts’ meeting with Eric Wedge – the former Cleveland Indians manager. The Wedge meeting was scheduled to take place sometime today.  Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-2009 and had an overall losing record.  He was named Manager of the Year, however, back in 2007.

Now it looks like GM Jim Hendry has narrowed down the managerial search to 4 candidates — Wedge, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Quade and Bob Melvin.

It is believed that Ricketts has already interviewed Sandberg.  Sandberg has managed in the Cubs organization for the past 4 years.  He was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year this year for his work with Triple-A Iowa, but his team missed out on the playoffs when they lost their final game of the season.

Quade also met with Ricketts before he went back to his Florida home after the end of the Cubs season on October 3rd.  Quade surprised people with his ability to guide the Cubs to a 24-13 record after taking over for Lou Pinella on August 23rd.  That was the 2nd best record of any MLB team during that stretch of 37 games to end the season.

Melvin managed both the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks, but we have not been able to confirm whether he has met with Ricketts, or if he will.

This probably means that the Cubs have opted to go in a different direction than they have in each of the last 3 hires – Don Baylor, Dusty Baker and Lou Pinella – all old school guys that have been around the block once or twice.  That also means that Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox were never even contemplated by Hendry or the Ricketts Family.  Pretty interesting stuff, but it looks like we could have an announcement sooner rather than later on the managerial decision.

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