I don’t like to spend any time talking about the Mike Quade era, but today we heard from the former skipper.
Quade has an issue with new Manager Dale Sveum’s comments about what he thought was a lacking effort from the Cubs this past season.
These were comments Sveum made months ago.
Quade claims the effort was there in his opinion, and says that other than having to address Starlin Castro’s concentration levels, he had no real issues.
“Maybe I’m being an idiot, but I thought we gave a pretty damn good effort every night. I don’t know, maybe that was [Sveum’s] philosophy or a backhanded shot. I didn’t hear that.’’
“If comments are made … there’s no reason for anybody to do anything but look forward,’’ Quade said. “I can’t be bothered because I was pretty damn happy. Did everybody run out every ball? No. That’s going to happen with a lot of people [on a lot of teams].
Quade thinks Sveum’s comments may have been a backhanded shot, but he gives his own backhanded compliment to Aramis Ramirez.
“I thought [Aramis] Ramirez gave a helluva effort last year. Maybe because it was contract year, I don’t know.’’
Quade really has poor timing on this response. Why didn’t he have a response when the comments were made?
Quade also needs to understand that these assertions about last year’s Cubs team also came from Jed Hoyer and the Padres front office as a collective view.
The few players and agents I talked to about Quade this past season clearly indicated at the time he was overmatched, and there was a need for a manager that could hold more respect in the clubhouse.