The Mike Quade Era Officially Begins

The announcement many were expecting finally came on Tuesday when the interim tag was removed from Mike Quade’s title. Mike Quade agreed to a two-year deal, with an option for 2013, to remain the 51st manager in the history of the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc.

Quade was formally introduced in a press conference at Wrigley along side of GM Jim Hendry and Chairman of the Board Tom Ricketts.

According to Bruce Levine, Quade worked out a deal that will pay him a total of $1.8 to $2 million over the next two seasons. Multiple reports indicated the third year is a club option but Levine reported the third year is a vesting option, not a club option, and is performance based … some factors include games won and playoff appearances.

Mike Quade’s guaranteed contract coincides with the two years left on Jim Hendry’s current deal.

Mike Quade is expected to discuss his coaching staff and personnel moves on Wednesday, his first full day as the manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Quade’s Coaching Staff
Mike Quade and the front office will meet on Wednesday to discuss his coaching staff according to Bruce Levine. Jim Hendry mentioned during Quade’s press conference that he would like to have Quade’s staff in place by the organizational meetings (first week of November in Mesa, Arizona).

Larry Rothschild, Rudy Jaramillo and Lester Strode will return in 2011 according to Bruce Levine. Jaramillo is under contract for two more seasons and Rothschild recently picked up his own option.

As for Alan Trammell, Bobby Dernier, Ivan DeJesus and Matt Sinatro, their future with the Cubs is uncertain. Trammell is expected to join Kirk Gibson’s staff in Arizona and serve as his bench coach … but there is a possibility he could return as Quade’s bench coach.

Bruce Levine reported
Pat Listach could return to the Cubs as a third base coach or as Quade’s bench coach.

Quade’s Press Conference
Jim Hendry called Mike Quade the perfect pick for the job when he addressed the media on Tuesday … and Quade said, “This is a dream come true.”

A Few Notes from Mike Quade’s press conference

  • Hendry said it is a great day for the Cubs and Mike Quade
  • Quade was outstanding last six weeks, hard to be critical, managed game and handled young player very well.
  • Hendry said Quade is the perfect man for the job
  • Hendry introduced Quade by saying, “With tremendous, tremendous pride I give you, Mike Quade the manager of the Chicago Cubs.”
  • Quade thanked the Ricketts family, Hendry for the opportunity and Lou Piniella for putting him on his staff four years ago.
  • Quade said he is grateful the players did not mail it in at the end of the season
  • Quade realizes the six weeks he managed does not make a season. He plans to build on last six weeks of 2010, run a sharp camp and come out of Spring Training ready to go
  • Quade called the job “A Dream Come True”
  • Quade said he’s an organizational guy and will lean on every scout, every player development person to make the team better – said it is a “team effort” when it comes to winning at the big league level.
  • Ricketts and Crane Kenney had input on the decision but at the end of the day it was Hendry’s decision to hire Quade
  • Hendry made the decision last Friday and called Quade on Sunday.
  • The Cubs want to have the major league coaching staff in place by the organizational meetings.
  • Tom Ricketts said if the Cubs can play the way they did the last six weeks then they will be contenders next season.
  • Hendry is hoping to make the team better for 2011, would like to add a few pieces but feels he has a good foundation to build on.
Video of Press Conference from Comcast SportsNet – Part OneVideo of Press Conference from Comcast SportsNet – Part Two

Link to full report from Quade’s press conference – Chicago Tribune
Link to quotes from Mike Quade – The Daily Herald
Link to quotes from Jim Hendry – The Daily Herald

Ryan Dempster and the Players
Ryan Dempster came out in support of Quade’s hiring and said, “Something great happened today. We hired a great man and a great manager.”

Koyie Hill said, “the guys really came together” under Quade and they were pulling for him to get the job.

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