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Interested In A Future? Then Fire Quade Now
By Derek Cooley-
Do you remember what you were up to on October 19th of last year? I didn’t think so. I have absolutely no idea what I was doing that day either, but I can tell you what current Cubs GM Jim Hendry was doing. He was certainly up to no good.
On October 19, 2010, the Chicago Cubs and GM Jim Hendry announced a decision that may have set back a franchise that could not afford another set back.
That decision was to sign then interim manager Mike Quade to a two-year contract, with a club option for 2013, as full-time manager of your Chicago Cubs.
The month of October hasn’t been very kind to the Cubs franchise, as we all have known and lived with. But the October tradition on the north side continued in 2010, this time without a single game being played.
As we sit here at the end of July, the situation surrounding the Cubs has gone from bad to worse, and from worse to laughable. Cubs’ fans have gone from crying after the devastating 2003 playoff debacle, to laughing at the current team being fielded by Hendry and Quade. To be honest, all you can really do is laugh at the situation in order to keep your sanity as a Cubs fan.
Mike Quade was hired largely on the basis of his 24-13 finish with the 2010 Cubs. For a GM to make a decision based on success during meaningless games is like crowning a champion based on Spring Training standings.
Quade has lost the respect of his players and any faith the loyal fans had in him as manager. He even seems to have lost his grip on reality. Does this guy not know he is managing at the Major League level?
In spring training, Quade stressed the basics and mastering the fundamentals of the game. I wasn’t aware that nicknames and speaking in the third person were included as fundamentals of the game of baseball.
The fundamentals that should have been stressed include defense, base running and strategy. The Cubs are last in the league in fielding percentage, have the most errors, can’t seem to draw a walk and are last in the NL in pitching.
The success of a team fundamentally starts with the guy that manages the play on the field. Yet at times, it seems as though the manager isn’t even watching what’s going on out there.
After the Cubs 9-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley last week, Quade had the nerve to publicly call out Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney for single-handedly costing the Cubs any chance of winning that game. Quade said that Castro’s botched pop-up set a tone that could not be overcome. Mike, you had nine innings to overcome one error. And to call out the two bright spots in the present and for the future for one mistake is absolutely pathetic and unprofessional.
This is the same guy that refused to speak unkindly of Alfonso Soriano’s lack of hustle early in the season. According to Quade, they spoke behind closed doors and that was that.
This is the same guy that doesn’t know how to manage his bullpen, doesn’t know when to take out his starters and doesn’t realize his closer can’t find the strike-zone until after he’s walked the bases loaded.
This guy is Mike Quade, a career minor league player turned minor league manager. He is still a minor league manager, and his current team resembles that fact.
A lot of damage has been done since that fateful October day, damage that is irreversible.
Within the damage resides former Cubs great Ryne Sandberg. Hiring Sandberg would have filled more seats and taught the game the way he once was. Sandberg would have been the right man to develop future stars Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney. Don’t you think Ryno would have actually stressed fundamentals instead of pretending to?
Sandberg won the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year award a year ago after leading the Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record. In his first year as a Triple-A manager, Ryno’s record with Iowa was better than any record Quade had as manager of the Iowa Cubs.
If you haven’t noticed, Sandberg isn’t in the organization anymore. He is currently managing the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley IronPigs. And it just so happens that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel is 67 years old.
Connect the dots.
In order to save some face, and possibly save the future, the damage must be controlled. That starts with the firing of Mike Quade, and doing it soon. It’s too late to talk about what the Cubs should have or could have done; now it’s about what needs to be done.
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