Mike Quade fired

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.


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  • classy move, flying to Florida to tell Q in person. Thanks for the info John!

  • In reply to johnbres2:

    No problem! Wish I had more to give you guys. I'll keep working on it.

  • Quade seemed like a nice guy but was just way over his head. I look forward to your next list John. Felzz will be happy that Valentine is back on the map potentially.

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    Yes he was! But what really upset me was him pitching to Puljos. That was the deal breaker.

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    Agreed. Just got press release, coaching experience is okay -- so the list is still good! But yeah, Felzz should be happy at the news!

  • A good man in the wrong job. Necessary to move on and let Theo and the Pipsqueaks do their job.

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Well said, Jimmy.

  • Quade was over his head with this job. Lets hope Ryno can be
    one of the coachs. New coach must be able to mix rookies
    with veterans to give all playing time.

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    The release sounds to me as if Theo and Company have a specific name in mind. (as they should) Good minds seldom act without a Plan A, B or C already layed out.

  • In reply to Henry Wilfong:

    I'll bet they have at least a short list of candidates. I'm staying with my original list (minus Sandberg)

    - DeMarlo Hale
    - Tim Bogar
    - Dale Sveum
    - Rick Renteria
    - Terry Francona
    - Pete Mackanin
    - Dave Martinez

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Maybe put Mike Maddux on the list...

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Gonna do a new pole? Certainly would look dramatically different. My early vote goes for Hale.

  • In reply to ChiRy:

    Coming right up!

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    I hate to see anyone lose their job, but this was necessary.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    It was. We've been tough on Quade, but he's a good guy. Just not the right man for this job.

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    I don't know why Quade didn't see it coming. Once Jim was gone, he had to figure he was gone to.

  • In reply to Chris Henderson:

    Maybe he did. But knowing Quade and the way he never thought it was over until it was over during the regular season, maybe he still thought he had a chance.

  • Happy days are here again
    The skies above are clear again
    So let's sing a song of cheer again
    Happy days are here again

    Altogether shout it now
    There's no one
    Who can doubt it now
    So let's tell the world about it now
    Happy days are here again

  • In reply to Alex:

    Please note that this isn't a referendum on Mike Quade as a person or even as a baseball guy, this is solely on Jim Hendry's decision making ability.

    Time to start in a new direction.

  • In reply to Alex:

    Agreed Alex...it was the right move. Business, not personal. Cubs are going to have a different, more statistically-inclined manager. Player development will be huge as well.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John; I hope, if he is looking to manage next season and not take some time off, that the Cubs will go after Terry Francona.

    He already knows Theo's philosophy and it will be an easy transition for him because of their relationship.

    I hope there isn't any animosity between the two of them from the way Tito left the Red Sox after this past season.

  • In reply to Alex:

    If Francona isn't going to throw his hat in the ring, then the Cubs will pursue someone like him. Someone with a Boston lineage, probably but there are other guys too.

  • Look's Like Card's have asked the Phillies to talk to Ryne Sandberg about there opening for Manager.

  • In reply to CubsBullswin:

    I don't think Ryno is the right move for them...Oquendo would be best choice for them.

  • Every move this new bunch makes is slow and calculated. And with each move, the more I feel this is the start of something special.

    On another note, has anyone realized that Rosenbloom isn't trashing the Cubs anymore? Although he has yet to give any love for his misreading of TR.

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    Just give him some time. He is waiting in the weeds to pounce at his first opportunity to bash the Cubs.

    I hope we can start a movement to stop reading or clicking into his blog. The more this clown, gets clicks, the more stupid his ramblings become and the more the Tribune keeps him employed.

    To all Chicago Sports Fans.. Stop the Clicks!

  • In reply to Alex:

    Hear! Hear! Everyone follow Alex's lead!!

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    Rosenbloom...he'll wait for something to go wrong. He might pounce on the fact that Ryno won't be interviewed. He should be able to rile people up there.

  • The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; CHECK!

    He must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; CHECK!

    He must establish high standards and a winning culture; CHECK!

    He must have integrity and an open mind; UM...ERR..CHECK!?!!

    and He must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level. CHECK!!!!!!!!

    Oh Baby. C'mon Arguello. Hop on board for the big win. I'm gonna go smoke a joint with Penny Lane.

    IT'S ALL HAPPENING!!!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to felzz:

    Bobby V is in your ears, and in your eyes...

  • My early money is on DeMarlo Hale, it's early but I got a feeling. As for Quade, good guy , in over his head. Epstein again showing class by flying out to Florida. I'm happy that Ryne Sandberg will not be a candidate, he didn't see like a Epstein guy for me. Plus his hiring would smack of the sugary, sappy nostalgia the new regime is moving away from.

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    Sandberg in a Cards uniform is wrong.

  • In reply to brober34:

    Agreed, but it won't happen. Nothing against Sandberg but the Cards really should hire Oquendo. He's paid his dues in St.Louis and is well liked (including by Pujols).

  • Hey John,

    I have heard Peter Gammons and other analysts refer often to Bobby Valentine as a manager that it perplexes them as to why he isn't manager a big league team. Given the harsh criticisms about Starlin Castro's development as a young star and the outside praise could he be a sleeper?

  • In reply to Curtis Shaw Flagg:

    I don't think so Curtis. The criticisms won't affect him one way or the other. It's more of a case of the right fit. Managing a team under Epstein entails different things than Valentine has been used to...he's too old school and at this point, he's been around baseball so long that I don't see him changing his style now. Cubs will get a lesser known name who's familiar with the Theo way and is someone who can grow with the team.

  • John....

    If the idea is "grow with the team," then ruling out Sandberg makes no sense.

  • In reply to GoCubs:

    True, but that's only part of it. When it comes to Sandberg, it's a clash in philosophies. His small-ball style very different with Epstein's style of maximizing probabilities and out avoidance. Almost the polar opposite in terms of strategy. He's just not the right fit.

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