Tag Archive | "Ryne Sandberg"

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Quade Quotes & His Thoughts on Ryne Sandberg – Mike Quade Wrigley Field 10/21/10

Posted on 21 October 2010 by Lou

Just a few days after the Cubs hiring of Mike Quade as their new manager, I’m learning more and more about the guy that I like.  I like that he’s down to earth.  I like that he expects accountability, from himself AND his players.  I like that the players respect him and have come out to support the hire.  I like that he will rely upon the numbers and statistics, but will also manage with his gut and instincts.  An example – he told a story of how they were looking at Sean Marshall’s numbers against a particular batter late in the season.  The overall numbers were bad, but Quade decided to look deeper into the numbers and he found that Marshall had retired the batter each of the last 9 times he faced him and that most of the bad numbers occurred years ago when Marshall was used as a starting pitcher every so often.  So Quade went with his gut, used Marshall in the situation and he got the guy out again.  It’s stories like that that make you think he’s going to lead the 2011 Cubs team in a way that we haven’t seen a manager do since Lou Pinella did back during the 2nd half of 2007 and in all of 2008.  Pinella essentially gave up after that – during the Milton Bradley fiasco of a year in 2009 and when he decided to leave the team in August 2010 after an atrocious 2010 MLB season.  Something tells me that this Mike Quade guy won’t quit on the job like that – he can’t afford to if he expects to make the most of this golden opportunity.

Here are a few other quotes from Quade — “I’d loved the game and wanted to manage at this level, yeah. But when you get done playing and you’re young and you’re fired up and you’re going, ‘OK, three years, four years. I’ll start moving up the ladder and I’ll be there.’ And then, five years go by. You’re still staying after it. You love what you do. You’re teaching, working and then 10 years go by. You change your goals. All of a sudden, you’re going, ‘Wow, this is a tough gig,’ but all the while getting to do what I love to do… I talk so much about the process with the ballclub and it’s probably the same for me. If it ever get to a point where I said, ‘Gosh, am I going to get it?’ I probably would have walked away.”

Asked how he felt about the negative Cubs history — “But I’ve lived here and I was raised here. I get it. You’re totally aware of it. But it’s not going to do us any good at all as a ballclub or me as a manager or me as a person, to have that anywhere near my thoughts on a daily basis.”  That is the perfect response – let’s just hope he means it and can implement it.

As for his feelings about Ryne Sandberg potentially joining his staff at the major league level – “Having Sandberg join the staff is not impossible, that’s for sure… That would be a unique circumstance, but I’m telling you, everybody is on the table.  I would never say anybody is not available…  That would be a unique situation that Ryne and I would have to talk about. And look, by the way, he’s got other opportunities from what I understand. It’s not only what I want, necessarily, he’s got a lot of things to deal with as well. But we’ll have to see.”  That was a polite and professional way of saying, “not a chance in hell and I hope he goes elsewhere”, but what else was he supposed to say given how badly Sandberg campaigned for the job the last 4 season as he toiled and earned his stripes in the minor leagues.

However, you cut it, Quade has his work cut out for him.  The team really isn’t all that good and with payroll concerns in mind, it will be hard for GM Jim Hendry to add more valuable pieces to the puzzle from the outside.  The Cubs should still be able to draw a free agent or too into the mix (Adam Dunn at 1st base, maybe a starting pitcher or maybe a seasoned veteran reliever), but they will primarily place high expectations on some of the young players that will get considerable playing time in 2011 – Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, Andrew Cashner, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Blake DeWitt and a few others.  If they put the pieces together, and the players continue to buy into the Quade magic, who knows, maybe we’ll see a team still in contention at the end of the summer.  It’s unlikely, but stranger things have happened…

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

It’s Official – Cubs Hire Mike Quade as New Manager; Where Does the Move Leave Ryne Sandberg?

Posted on 19 October 2010 by Lou

In what was an expected move as we wrote about the other day, the Cubs hired Mike Quade to manage the Cubs for the next 2 seasons.  The Cubs made it official this morning and will have a press conference at 3PM today at the Friendly Confines to introduce their new skipper.  Quade managed the Cubs to a 24-13 record during the Cubs final 37 games after taking over for Lou Pinella who abruptly left the team to tend to pressing family matters on the home front.  The 24-13 mark was the 2nd best of any major league team during that time frame at the end of the 2010 MLB season.  Quade had been the Cubs 3rd base coach under Pinella since 2007 when Pinella was first hired.  Quade has spent 9 seasons with the Cubs organization and he managed the Cubs Triple-A Iowa franchise from 2003 through 2006.  Quade signed a 2-year deal with the Cubs and the Cubs have a club option for the 2013 MLB season as well.  I’m sure we’ll get some sound bites from Quade as the day progresses, but this what he said back in August after he had managed 7 games as the Cubs “interim” skipper — ”

Quade beat out Ryne Sandberg – the fan favorite Hall of Famer – who has been managing at the Cubs minor league level for the past 4 seasons.  Sandberg was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year after guiding Triple-A Iowa to an 82-62 record this past season.  He also led the Double-A Tennessee Cubs team to the Southern League championship series a year ago in 2009.  His first 2 years as a minor league manager were spent with the Class A Peoria Cubs. Sandberg envisioned managing in the Cubs farm system for a few years before taking over the reins of the Cubs major league team, but it doesn’t look like it is going to work out exactly that way. Sandberg had this to say about the Cubs decision to hire Quade on the Waddle & Silvy ESPN Radio 1000 show this morning: “From my standpoint, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s a disappointing day for sure… I think now it’s digesting everything and kind of change the wheels and turn in a different direction.  I was focused on something, and it’s just taking it all in… I spent the four years in the minor leagues to manage at the major league level, and that’s where my heart is and that’s what my next step is.  That’s where I look next.  So I’ll take it a step at a time and see if there’s another opportunity out there and go from there.  I wish Mike Quade the best; I wish the Cubs the best and the Ricketts family.”  Without saying it, it’s clear that Sandberg will not be back with the Cubs next season.  Look for him to land a job at the major league level as a bench coach with a high profile manager to get some “major league” experience so he can take the next step forward in his managerial career.

Back to Quade, he clearly earned the respect of his players – both young and old.  He even benched up and coming star Starlin Castro for 2 games when he forget how many outs there were when he failed to run out a groundball and grounded into an inning-ending double play. So he expects 100% from his players all the time – whether you are a super star or the 25th man on the roster.  He expects accountability as well, which could be a good thing for this Cubs team. Cubs starter Ryan Dempster – whom I respect a ton – had nothing but the highest praise for Quade -”It’s awesome, they couldn’t have made a better hire.  He’s a great pick to manage this team… He did a great job when he was given the opportunity.  It’s a great move for the organization and for us as a team.  I’m extremely thrilled that he got the opportunity here, because if it was going to be here, it was going to be somewhere else… I know that Ryno has done a really good job in the minor leagues so far.  He’s only got a few years managing down there, and he’s done really well.  I’m sure the more experience he gets, the better he’s going to be.  He was a tremendous player and is a tremendous person, and that experience is only going to make him better.  I know people would love to see Sandberg back in a Cubs uniform and at Wrigley Field every day, and maybe that’s as much the infatuation as it is with who’s going to make the best manager.  And I’m not saying Ryno won’t be a great manager, I just know Mike is a tremendous one and we’re lucky to have him.”  WOW – a ringing endorsement for Quade from one of the most respected starting pitcher on the staff.

I’m still not entirely convinced he is the right man for the job long-term.  I keep going back to the fact that this guy might not even been considered a candidate if Pinella didn’t abruptly step down as the Cubs skipper on August 22nd.  Cubs GM Jim Hendry opted to go with Quade instead of bench coach Alan Trammell to run the team through the final 37 games of the season, so because he did a good job, he became the front runner for the job.  Does that mean that if Hendry had given the job to Trammell and the Cubs went 24-13, then he would have been the best man for the job?  It all seems a little odd to me, but this is just another example of why I think Hendry needs to go.  I cannot wait until his contract comes up after the 2012 MLB season.  Think that has anything to do with Quade’s contract being a 2-year deal.  It’s pretty clear that unless something dramatic happens over the next 2 seasons in a positive direction, both Hendry and Quadew ill be looking for work outside of the Cubs organization.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

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…

Comments (1)

Tags: , ,

Larry Rothschild Exercises Option to be Pitching Coach in 2011; Let’s Hope New Manager Let’s Him Down Gently…

Posted on 13 October 2010 by Lou

In an expected move, Larry Rothschild officially told the Cubs that he would like to continue to be the Cubs pitching coach during the 2011 MLB season.  Rothschild has been with the Cubs for 9 seasons.  Although the Cubs ranked only 13th in the NL with a 4.18 team ERA, Cubs starters did lead the major leagues with 96 quality starts.  Given that the Cubs won only 75 games, that is a pretty incredible statistic.  Cubs starters sported solid ERA’s for the most part — Ryan Dempster – 3.85; Ted Lilly – 3.69 (in 18 Cubs starts); Randy Wells – 4.26; Carlos Silva – 4.22; and Carlos Zambrano – 3.33.  And with the excellent pitching of closer Carlos Marmol, the Cubs were tied for 7th in the NL with 40 saves – Marmol racked up 37 of them.  Sean Marshall also helped improve the Cubs overall team pitching stats with his best year as a major leaguer – 7-5 record plus 22 holds, 2.65 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 90 K’s and 25 walks in a career-high 80 appearances.

Rothschild is a serviceable pitching coach, but he has been here for 9 years now, and we have not grown an elite pitcher from within during his tenure.  There are worse options out there, but Rothschild is still missing something that enables pitchers to really flourish under him.  With plenty of young, talented pitchers getting their chance to pitch at the major league level this year and for the foreseeable future, the time is ripe for the new Cubs manager to go in a different direction with a new pitching coach.  That might not happen if Mike Quade gets the nod, so let’s hope that Ryne Sandberg gets the job instead.  You would have to think that Sandberg would want to bring in some of his own guys to “start from scratch” with a new regime in 2011.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , ,

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.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , ,

Cubs Trying to Upset Reds while Managerial Search Heats Up – Cubs, Reds – 8/27/10 Great American Ballpark

Posted on 27 August 2010 by Lou

While the Cubs are riding high after a 3-game sweep of the Nationals, the Cubs managerial search has heated up for a number of reasons. The Cubs invade Cincinnati this weekend to take on the Reds who are led by former Cubs Manager Dusty Baker.  Baker has a bright, young pitching staff and a high octane offensive unit that have the Reds leading the NL Central.  After an up-and-down tenure with the Cubs – he had 1 NL Central division crown and playoff appearance that ended with the disastrous collapse against the Florida Marlins in Game 7 of the NLCS – a series that the Cubs led 3 games to 1 – the Cubs replaced Baker with another older, experienced manager – Lou Pinella.  Pinella was more fiery than Baker ever was, and he was definitely NOT a “player’s manager – but he was an old school guy like Baker.  Although Pinella led the team to 2 straight NL Central Division titles and 2 playoff appearances, but when the Cubs exited each October with a 3-game sweep at the hands of an NL-West ballclub, those losses really seemed to take a toll on Pinella.  He never achieved that success in his final 2 seasons and he finally retired this past Sunday to take care of personal matters.

Now the question looming is – what kind of manager do the Cubs and the Ricketts Family want to lead the Cubs into the future?  Do they want an older manager in the mold of Baker or Pinella or do they want to find that young diamond in the rough who will be innovative and creative in leading the Cubs back from the disastrous 2010 MLB schedule?  There are choices on either side of the fence.

Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre are all at the end of their contracts with their respective teams.  The Cubs just interviewed former Indians Manager Eric Wedge and have indicated that Bob Brenly (currently in the Cubs broadcast booth) will also be a candidate at some point down the line.  These former managers all have experience and they have all experiences success with World Series titles (save for Wedge), but is this what the Cubs really need to invigorate the system and a frustrated fan base.

On the other side of the fence, you have Cubs great – Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.  Sandberg has done everything that the Cubs have asked him to do and is in his 4th year managing in the Cubs minor league system.  Sandberg wet his feet in his 1st 2 seasons managing, but really blossomed the last 2 seasons, leading the Double-A Tennessee team to the playoffs in 2009 and currently managing the Triple-A Iowa team to the best record in their league.  He knows the Cubs minor league talent better than anyone, so does it make the most sense to move Sandberg up to the major league level even though he had never managed at that level?  And then you also have a former Cubs catcher – Joe Girardi – who has managed 2 different teams at the major league level with great success.  He even won a World Series with the Yankees just a year ago.  The focus on Girardi has grown even bigger because the Yankees are in town to take on the White Sox on the south side this weekend. He has said all the right things:  “My focus is here…  I have a responsibility to the organization and to the guys in that clubhouse and that’s where my focus is. I’m very happy here. This organization has been great to me.”  But what else can he say.  He never specifically said that he would definitely be back in NY in 2010 and he has always indicated that the Cubs managerial job would be a dream job for him.  So who knows.  It seems unlikely that the Yankees would let him go or that the Cubs would be willing to pay him enough money, but if the stars align, we could see Girardi in charge of the Cubs in 2010.

My gut tells me that Girardi will turn down the Cubs and then it will be Sandberg’s job to lose.  Bringing in an older, “set-in-his-ways” Manager like a Cox, Torre or LaRussa doesn’t seem like the best long-term move to make because the Cubs have so much rebuilding to do (even though they won’t come out and say it).  Plus, unless the Ricketts Family is really willing to jack up the 2011 payroll, the Cubs are not in a position to be a player in free agency for at least another 2 seasons because of the exorbitant contracts still on the books for Alfonso Soriano, Carlos Zambrano, Kosukue Fukudome, Carlos Silva (via Milton Bradley) and Aramis Ramirez.  That leaves little ability for the Cubs GM to add veteran free-agent talent to complement the growth movement that the Cubs are trying to do with Starlin Castro, Tyler Colvin, Geovany Soto and some of their young pitchers.

As for the weekend series against the Reds, Tom Gorzelanny will make the start tonight against Johnny Cueto.  He has 7 wins on the season with a nice 3.70 ERA.  He is still out to show Cubs brass that he can be a durable starter in the Cubs rotation in 2010, so Gorzelanny has a lot to prove over the final month.  Starlin Castro has continued his hot hitting, taking a modest 5-game hitting streak into the Reds series.  He is hitting .315 on the season, and once he gets the requisite number of at-bats, he should find himself in the top 5 for National League hitters in batting average.  Tyler Colvin started 2 of the 3 games against the Nationals under Mike Quade, so look for Colvin to see more action the rest of the way.  After the weekend series in Cincinnati, the Cubs will return home for a nice 9-game homestand at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field from August 30th through September 8th.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Manager Lou Pinella Anounces Retirement from Cubs after 2010 MLB Schedule – 7/20/10

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Lou

Manager Lou Pinella made it official today – he will retire from being a MLB manager after the 2010 MLB schedule.  This is Pinella’s 4th and final year as the Cubs manager.  Pinella led the Cubs to 2 straight NL Central division wins in 2007 and 2008, but each year the squad was swept out of the playoffs without winning a single game.  The team finished with a winning record in 2009 too – the 1st time that the Cubs had 3 consecutive winning seasons in over 50 years.  The 97 wins in 2008 were also the most franchise wins in a single season since 1945.

Pinella is 66 years old.  He has appeared in 5 World Series battles as a player and a coach and he has 3 rings to show for it (2 as a player and 1 as a coach).

Look for some prominent names to top the list of prospective candidates for the new Cubs Manager’s position.  Ryne Sandberg, Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Joe Girardi, Tony LaRussa and current bench coach Alan Trammell will all be mentioned at one point or another.

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Cubs Convention This Weekend!

Posted on 16 January 2010 by Lou

The Cubs Convention is going on this weekend in Chicago at the Hilton Chicago.  Passes for the convention are sold out, but supposedly there is still home hotel room availability for the weekend.  If you have a room, you can buy up to 4 passes per room for the weekend.

The opening ceremonies to the 2010 Cubs Convention kicked off on Friday night from 5-5:30PM.  There were a few other activities on Friday, but the real action begins in earnest today.  You’ll get to meet the Ricketts Family in person and you’ll get to mingle with current Cubs players (Derrek Lee, Carlos Zambrano, Carlos Marmol, Ryan Theriot, Ryan Dempster) and former Cubs players (Ernie Banks, Andre Dawson, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Milt Pappas, Dave Otto), as well as the team’s coaching staff (Lou Pinella, Larry Rothschild) and broadcasting teams (Bob Brenly, Len Kasper, Pat Hughes and Santo).

Gotta love it – what a perfect way to get geared up for the upcoming 2010 Cubs schedule at Wrigley Field…

Comments (0)

Tags: , , , ,

Cubs Formally Introduce Ryne Sandberg as Triple A Iowa Manager

Posted on 13 January 2010 by Lou

The Chicago Cubs officially introduced Ryne Sandberg as the new Manager of the Triple A Iowa Cubs on Monday.  Sandberg has worked his way up through the Cubs minor league system (2 seasons at Class A Peoria and 1 season at Double-A Tennessee) and appears primed to take over the Cubs major league job in the near future.  Sandberg seems very content with his role within the Cubs organization: “I think the best way to become a manager is to actually manage.  I think this is the necessary route for what I want to do… It’s a step in the right direction for what I’m doing.  This is something I have really taken to, I really enjoy.  My goal is to do this at the Major League level, so this is obviously a real nice stepping stone.”  While he currently has a losing record as a minor league manager (202-215 in 3 seasons), he did mange Tennessee to the Southern League playoffs in 2009 with a 71-69 record.

Sandberg also had the highest compliments for Andre Dawson who was recently voted into the Hall of Fame: “I just hope he gets to wear the Cubs hat when he goes in.  I think that’s the only thing that’s left to be determined…  The ’87 season that Andre had was phenomenal to watch.  He’s a Hall of Famer from the get go.  He’s a class guy on and off the field, and he’ll be a great addition to the group of Hall of Famers.”

Maybe we’ll see Ryno managing with newly-hired assistant Greg Maddux serving as his pitching coach or as the Cubs GM.  Could we see the changing of the guard soon – GM Jim Hendry and Manager Lou Pinella leaving- with younger Cubs greats taking over the reins for the Ricketts Family?  Should be fun to watch.

Congrats Ryno and good luck in the future…

Comments (0)

Tags: , , ,

Cubs Promote Ryne Sandberg to Triple A Iowa Manager

Posted on 07 December 2009 by Lou

chicago cubs ryne sandberg 1

Good things come to those who wait – Chicago Cubs promoted Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg to the Manager of the club’s Triple A Iowa ball club.  The 2nd base Cubs legend replaced Bobby Dickerson at the helm – Dickerson took a position within the Baltimore Orioles organization to run their Latin American scouting.

Sandberg has been a manager in the Cubs minor league organization for the past 3 seasons, but he has made it clear that he has aspirations to be a Major League Manager some day.  Sandberg guided the Class A Peoria Chiefs to a tie for 1st place in 2007 and he also led the Double A Tennessee squad to the playoffs in 2009.  Tennessee lost the league championship 3 games to 1.

Dickerson led the Iowa club to a .500 record at 72-72.  The team finished in 3rd place in the Northern Division.

With Lou Pinella’s contract expiring after 2010, it makes you wonder if this could be one final piece to the managing puzzle for Sandberg before he gets promoted to captain the major league team at Wrigley Field in 2011.  Pinella never really showed his “wild side” in 2009, as his ball club played like crap for most of the season.  Has Pinella lost his drive?  Is it time to make a change and bring in some younger, fiery blood like Sandberg?  While I like Pinella and think he has done a great job with a so-so squad, I would not be opposed to a change.  Let the Ricketts Family get 1 year under their belt in 2010, and then they will need to decide what they want to do with their GM (Jim Hendry) and Manager (Pinella).  Hendry has mortgaged the team for years to come as we have discussed so often and left the team with little flexibility to try to add good talent without subtracting first.  When teams know that your hands are tied, it’s hard to do anything productive.  How cool would it be if the Ricketts Family opted to go with a new GM and Manager in 2011 and then the team ended up winning the whole damn thing that October.  Wishful thinking, huh?!

Cubs Brewers Baseball

Comments (0)

Advertise Here

Photos from our Flickr stream

See all photos

Advertise Here

Blogroll