After going 24-13 for the Chicago Cubs following Lou Piniella’s August 22 retirement Mike Quade, 53, became a hot favorite, especially with the players, for the Manager’s post. Today, the Chicago Cubs made it official, announcing that they have reached an agreement with Mike Quade to manage the team. Quade arrived in Chicago yesterday to finalize the deal, signing a two-year contract with the club plus a club option for the 2013 season. A press conference is scheduled today at 3p.m. at Wrigley Field.
Quade, becomes the 51st manager in franchise history. The 2011 campaign marks Quade’s ninth in the Cubs organization, as he served as Piniella’s third base coach for nearly four seasons starting in 2007 and was the manager of the Chicago’s Triple-A Iowa Team from 2003 to 2006.
In addition to his six-week stint at the big league level this season, Quade has 17 years and 2,378 games of experience as a manager at the minor league level, compiling a career 1,213-1,165 mark (.510 winning percentage). Quade has served as a major league coach in the American and National Leagues, including three seasons as Oakland’s first base coach from 2000-02 and the near four years as third base coach with the Cubs.
Quade has more than 25 years of pro coaching and managing experience, including a pair of minor league manager of the year awards with Double-A Harrisburg in 1991 and Triple-A Ottawa in 1993. As a winter ball manager, Quade led Aguilas Cibaenas to the 1996-97 Dominican Winter League Championship and Caribbean World Series title.
The Chicago area native and graduate of Mt. Prospect High School joined the Cubs organization in 2003 as manager of the Triple-A Iowa club. A year later in 2004, Quade led the I-Cubs to a spot in the League Championship Series and totaled two first-place finishes in his four seasons at the helm to earn the promotion to Piniella’s major league coaching staff.
As a major league manager this season, Quade led the Cubs to a 24-13 mark from August 23 until the end of the season, the second-best record in all of baseball during that span (trailing only the Philadelphia Phillies). The Cubs had a 17-8 record through 25 games under Quade, the best 25-game start by a Cubs manager in 78 years (Charlie Grimm in 1932). The Cubs were 5-20 in their 25 games before Quade took over.
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