The Cubs have officially parted ways with Mike Quade today. Theo Epstein flew to Florida to inform him in person. Once again, a preference for a new direction that can provide sustained success was the reason stated for letting him go. The release had a couple of interesting points.
- The Cubs will be seeking a manager with major league experience in managing or coaching. Looks like no Ryno, but my previous manager candidate list could still be helpful, as all have MLB coaching experience.
- Epstein thanked Quade for his 9 years of service. This implies that he is not returning in any other position.
Here's Epstein's statement
When I joined the Cubs last week, I knew that Mike had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy, as a tireless worker, and as a first-rate human being. After spending some time with him this past week, it became apparent to me that Mike's reputation is well deserved. His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately. While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major league staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction.
The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.
On a side note, the Cardinals have asked permission to speak with Ryne Sandberg. But I'm sticking with my prediction that Jose Oquendo gets that job. You want continuity if you're a WS champ and Pujols reportedly likes Oquendo.