Cubs Veterans Hold Players Meeting

According to a report from the Tribune, the Aramis Ramirez-Carlos Silva incident is closed. Mike Quade addressed his team prior to Thursday’s game then Marlon Byrd and Carlos Pena called a players only meeting … with Quade’s approval.

Quade spoke with the team “about the shoddy defense and the dugout scuffle”. Then Pena and Byrd met with the team and stressed they need to stick together.

According to the Tribune, Marlon Byrd did not go into details about the meeting. Byrd did say it was no reflection on Mike Quade.

Marlon Byrd on Mike Quade from the Tribune:

“Just the veterans talking, so we know we’re all on the same page. We have some big dogs on this team now — big-name guys who have been around for a long time.”

“He’s righting the ship, doing exactly what he’s supposed to do. He basically laid the ground rules out. Everybody understands there is nothing else to be said. I mean, you can keep bringing it up, but it means absolutely nothing.”

“Everyone knows what happened. Everyone has had blow-ups at work with people. It happens. We have it out of the way now. We can move forward.”

Mike Quade said he felt he had to address what happened Wednesday quickly before his veterans had a chance to.

“I believe if I hadn’t, some of my veterans would have. But this one was on me. This one I needed to say something, maybe for my own benefit. Maybe I’ll get some sleep tonight.”

“I’m glad people were ticked off. We need to channel that anger at the opposition and within ourselves, and handle it the way we need to handle it. I think we put that to bed. As far as I’m concerned, we did.”

The Cubs consider the incident closed … so it’s time for the players to focus on preparing for the regular season.

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  • BosephHeyden

    You know what other team holds Players Only meetings? The post-Super Bowl New Giants. Not even a week into the pre-season and I’m already sick of this team.

    • Bryan

      Hey, no reason to fear or get indigestion yet because we have a “players manager” at the helm.

      • BosephHeyden

        You know who else is a player’s manager? Tom Coughlin :/.

  • GaryLeeT

    It’s no wonder the kids (players) lobbied for Quade at the end of last season. They wanted the substitute manager so they could goof off all day. It’s like the children are running the classroom. It’s OK if the players hate, but respect the manager. It’s worked pretty well in St. Louis for a long time now.

  • Reggie

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water. An utter embarrassment.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I am so glad that Quade didn’t name a team captain. “I’m the N.I.V. Captain!” exclaimed Mr. Quade. “I run the N.I.V. show!”


  • Ripsnorter1

    Mr. Quade is looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy right about now.

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  • paulcatanese

    What’s the criteria to qualify for calling a team meeting? Byrd only there a year and Pena hasn’t even played a game that counts yet. Just like Quade,don’t make waves etc.,protect a job. What a joke.Too many millionares on this team. Unless there is a change,look for a long stupid season. fundementals are wasted here. Reminds me of a guy I played with,had to have all the signals written in his hat.

  • cubs1967

    I’m sick of the damn drama from the Cubs. It needs to end. Ricketts needs to put on his big boy britches and release Silva now. Are you &**&&^%^ kidding me; a players only meeting after 4 ST games????? WTF!!!

    Beyond asinine………….

    Until the 103 yrs and counting ends the drought………..every team carries the enourmous stress of winning it all……’s beyond worse than the Yankees because they spend the money and have a history of winning.

    How in the world does little tommy ricketts a/k/a/ PK McCaskey sleep at nite when HIS team is the laughing stock of baseball????

    Quade has NO pull w/ the owers to let this go on……….Ryno would of been screaming get the fat ass Silva out of here.

    SOS……….new owner…… mgr………..yeah fire JH………who is gonna have a clue how to hire a new GM??? Kenny Crane???????


  • studio179

    I was all for Quade stepping in and closing the door to give a team meeting. He should not have to do it with only a few spring training games played. Especially, since Quade just addressed the team at the start of camp on what he wants done. That aside, I was all for Quade stepping up and speak. However, a players only meeting…this soon…no. This was not a good idea on Quade’s part to allow Byrd, Pena and vets speak. I’m sure Quade felt the intentions were good. That move diminishes a rookie manager’s authority. This season only had a few Cactus League games under his belt. Quade is the only one who should have talked…swift, firm and move on.

  • The Maven

    So long, 2011 season!

  • 1375

    I don’t kow what caused the blow up between Silva and Ramaris, but this is, for a veteran team, the worse filding team in the major league. Sometimes, Ramaris seems to be asleep or not interested in the game. Silva comes with baggage. Maybe it is time for both of them to go.

  • paulcatanese

    Byrd is right when he said “We have some big dogs on this team”.They certainly do. And Quade,, just lost control,although he is a “players manager”,the players tell him what to do and he will do just that. He will be gone by June. Without control there is no chance for him to be aaround,even under JH.

  • qahtany

    just play ball ..plyer meeting, you kidding me