From the Wire … Mike Quade Out as Manager of the Chicago Cubs

According to multiple reports, Mike Quade will not return as manager of the Chicago Cubs for the final year of his two-year contract.

Theo Epstein flew to Florida on Wednesday to inform Mike Quade of the decision.

The search for the Cubs new manager will begin immediately and it sounds like Ryne Sandberg will not be a candidate. According to a tweet from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs are expected to talk with Dale Sveum.

According to a statement released by Theo Epstein, the Cubs are looking for manager around whom they can build a foundation for sustained success but one that must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.

From the Tribune:

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer had a seven-hour meeting with Quade last week, and Epstein released the following statement after traveling to Florida to inform Quade that he would not return to the club for the 2012 season.

“Jed Hoyer and I had an all-day meeting with Mike last Thursday at Wrigley Field, and Mike and I continued our dialogue with a lengthy phone conversation yesterday after the press conference. Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person that the Cubs have decided not to bring him back as our manager for the 2012 season.

“When I joined the Cubs last week, I knew that Mike had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy, as a tireless worker, and as a first-rate human being. After spending some time with him this past week, it became apparent to me that Mike’s reputation is well deserved. His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately. While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major league staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction.

“The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.

“I want to thank Mike for his nine years of excellent service to the Cubs, and we certainly wish him well in the future.”

The search for the Cubs new manager will begin immediately and it sounds like Ryne Sandberg will not be a candidate. According to a tweet from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs are expected to talk with Dale Sveum.

There has not been an official announcement made on the coaching staff. Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode and Pat Listach are under contract through the 2012 season.

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  • Calicub

    Ding don’t the quades gone

    • Calicub

      Stupid auto correct…

      Ding dong quades gone

  • Zippy2212

    Let me be the first to say good bye.

    Mike you seem like good guy by all accounts but you just weren’t a MLB manager. 

  • Deeman45

    Good Move!! Theo is not playing around..
    Bring in Ryno!!

  • J Daniel

    The time has come!  It had to be done and knew it would be – go back and read my posts over the last week.  There was NO way they would be starting the “Cubs Way” with a manger that is not respected by his players.  Not sure what everyone was worried about, unless you wanted Q back?

  • Tony_Hall

    Next!

  • paul catanese

    The “spanking” for failure has begun.

  • Calicub

    Major league coaching experience?

    Looks like Ryno will be absent again this year from the cubs dugout..

    Unfortunate. I suppose there’s always the possibility of assistant coaching but who knows…

    • Zippy2212

      Honestly I wouldn’t mind if he was named bench coach.  Maybe bring in someone older like a Torre (only name I could think of), etc.  let him finish grooming Ryno and then when we are good promote him.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From all indications, Ryne Sandberg will not be a candidate for the managerial job.

  • Bobby P

    In the end, I suppose there is only room for one Coach Q in Chicago.

  • Bobby P

    I also like how the Red Sox and Cubs are now going after the same manager candidates. This is going to be quite a rivalry between the two front offices. The drafts are going to be fun.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Ken Rosenthal: Sources: Cardinals ave asked permission to interview Ryne Sandberg for managerial opening

    • Bobby P

      No way. I’m not on the “Ryne for Cubs manager” bandwagon, but him managing the Cardinals. That’s just… well, it’s just wrong.

      • Anonymous47701

        Sick….Sick….Sick!!!!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Why not? He can join Theriot and all the other Cubs’ cast offs as they go and win another World Series: all with injured starting pitchers and no closer, etc. 

    • Reggie

      Neil you really need a dislike button for this…

    • Jay from sandwich

      I hope the best for ryno, But Ryno going esle where to be a manager if the first nail in the new management team for me…..

  • J Daniel

    Theo’s nice way of saying Sandburg is not what they are looking for.  Ryno may or may not be able to win it as a manager but clearly they know exactly what they are loking for. 

    Obviously, Theo and Jed would have already had a short list of guys if something happened in Boston/San Diego.  Ryno was probably not on either one of their short list so why would he be now?  Just because he was a player here?  PLEASE!  Hire the best guy they can and keep building this new regime.

    Go CUBS! 

    • MikeT_2008

      So true, Ryno was a great Cub player but they need to hire their guy who fits their new regime, whoever that may be, if he’s Theo and Jed’s guy then he’s my guy.

  • Brp921

    Dale Sveum?

    • Bobby P
      • Brp921

        I know who he is. I don’t know why he would be a better choice than Sandberg. I guess the Cardinals recognize his worth, but then whats an unsuccessful organization like the Cardinals know?

        • Bobby P

          The Cardinals to the Cubs are like the Yankees to the Red Sox (before 2004). If they get Ryne, I’ll be pretty pissed.

          Dale Sveum is the kind of guy you’d expect Theo to go after though, hasn’t done anything in the majors and will come in clean, so to speak. Unfortunately, we’re essentially Red Sox West over here, so we are going to have to compete for Sveum with the Red Sox, who is probably interviewing with the Red Sox as we speak.

          I don’t know why Sandberg doesn’t fall into the same category though, but there must be something they didn’t like in terms of philosophy.

  • ogac

    Bring in Ryno. How many times does the man have to prove himself? 

    • John_CC

      At the major league coaching or managing level…apparently at least once. Which he has not done.

      Look, I love Ryno too. We all love Ryno.  I said it a week or two ago, the fan base that is dead set on Ryno and already think he is the next Casey Stengel are going to be terribly disappointed. 

      Hypothetical: what if Ryno really doesn’t have what it takes to manage big league egos and with major league politics?  I thought we were all starting over.  Well if Theo et al finally start building a winning organization ground up but they find out Ryno doesn’t fit the bill in 3 years and they hired him because the fans “knew” it was the best move then they have to can him. 

      Yes, I am aware this can happen to anyone. As J Daniel said above, both Epstein and Hoyer had their own short list, Ryno wasn’t on either. So let’s trust them. I know, that is a really odd concept for Cubs fans…but let’s just try.

      Just relax a little, let this thing play out. 

  • studio179

    It has been reported in the Trib that Theo has reached out to the Phillies and told Ryno he is not a managerial consideration.

  • jw

    “The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level”

    Professionalism at last

    • paul catanese

      That analysis they put on the requirements for a manager are what they should be, but think about this for a second, If there is someone that has all of these qualifications out there he would be working and not available.

      They will make their choice, but for the life of me with the exception of the Major League experience, how Sandberg does not qualify for each and every word they put out there.

      I had said this last year when he was not considered for the job that he should go his own way for a career as a manager. When one is not an option for two years in a row I think he gets the message.

      If he truly wants to be a Major League manager and seeks the job with another orginization, I for one would not fault him for doing it, even if it were with the Cardinals, as I pointed out, under what has taken place(so far) the Cub franchise dosent want him.

      Unless their is a complete change in the way Theo and company think, Sanderg should seek his own level without criticism and just well wishes from Cub fans.

      • jw

        Paul;

        Great post as always.

        I agree that someone with these qualifications should be known and be sought after but with that criteria why was Pujols drafted so late. I think a really great President (GM) will find the next great manager before they are known. Sometimes GM’s go for the obvious and safe choice but a really good one finds talent before it is commonly known. So I’ll give Theo a bit of slack here until the story unfolds.

        I agree Sandberg would be a logical choice…the fact that the Cardinals, one of the best organizations in baseball wants him make you pause. Possible reasons… something Sandberg did or said has not endeared himself to the current regime…or it could be that Theo and company just want to go with someone they know better. We’ll find out if they are as good as they need to be to turn this around soon. In any case there are fond memories of him and Sandberg is a true icon for the Cubs. It is a shame he can’t be with the organization in some capacity.

  • Reggie

    I’m starting a conga, feel free to join…

  • Aaron

    It’s a shame that Sandberg has been ruled out, and an even bigger shame if he ends up going to the Cardinals.

    I believe he’s ready for a big league job, and this could only mean one thing…..Epstein already had his sights set on someone else, and was just preparing the fan base for a letdown, so they wouldn’t be up in arms.

    My guess is there’s really only 3 candidates he’s looking at, and they ALL have ties to the Red Sox coaching staff during their success, and they are:
    Francona-he still speaks glowingly of “Tito”
    Sveum-was a 3B coach for them a few years ago
    Hale-still a coach on the Red Sox staff

    I am very happy that Quade isn’t back, and that is the most important thing right now….it caught me a bit off guard today, as Neil and I just had this discussion last night about my gut feeling he’d be back, and I’m very glad I was wrong…that we were both wrong.

    I hope Theo changes his mind, and hires Sandberg, or at the very least, brings him on board as a coach.

    • daverj

      I agree Aaron.  I think it’s got to be Francona or Sveum (with Hale being the longshot).

    • Bobby P

      Good info as always, Aaron.

      I think we have a better chance with Hale or Francona than Sveum. Sounds like the Red Sox are after him hard. But I don’t necessarily agree with Francona, Hale is also a wild card. They are still possibilities, sure, but I just feel like they are after the guys with minimal major league managing experience or guys like Sveum that have been a coach for a while. Francona also sounds like he’s a little burned out to me, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes at least a year off.

    • cubtex

      100% agree. Theo will hire someone he has had ties with in the past. I think Dale Sveum is his #1 choice at this moment.

  • cc002600

    Ok, if no Ryno, what about Brenly ???

    Who knows this team better than him ????

    • Bobby P

      I would welcome Brenly with open arms, but there is still a question of whether he is a little too old school. I’ve heard interviews with him where he says he is starting to buy into Moneyball-type philosophies, so I wouldn’t rule him out, but I also wouldn’t put money on it.

    • John_CC

      Absolutely.  I bet Brenly is interested now.  And he fits all the requirements.

  • cornerlots baseball

    I think Epstein’s decision to fire Mike Quade is a wise move. It makes good sense to start with a clean slate that will put the Cubs in a new direction. But who is the guy that has managerial and coaching experience at the major league level? I’m anxious to find out.

  • ghostofelvis

    Well, thats a good start. Quade is not manager material.

  • Chuck

    I thought I saw the day when late in his career Ron Santo wearing a White Sox uniform. I couldn’t believe it but if money talks, one does the walking.  Guess I should not be surprised to see Ryno in a Cardinals uniform if he is named manager.  Also looks Ryno again will be a no-show at the Cubs Convention.  Yes, folks let’s make the Cubs look like fools again.

  • Ripsnorter1

    ALRIGHT!

    THEO COULD MAKE ME A BELIEVER IF HE KEEPS UP THIS KIND OF WORK!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Terry Francona? What about him?

  • Rbmercer

    i have seen talk of Demarlo Hale, but he hasnt been a major league manager.

    And Sveum has only managed about 20 games or less!

    Ryno has to be as good or better of a candidate than those two, doesnt he?

  • John_CC

    Yesterday I said “the decision has been made. It just depends on whether they wanted to announce it at the press conference or tomorrow”

    Ahhhhh…..

    what a relief…

  • John_CC

    I really do not want Francona.  It would just be way too much Red Sox. I don’t want to see that.

  • Ripsnorter1

    It’s very, very simple folks:

    Theo is too smart to bring Ryno in as Cubs’ manager.

    You see, if Ryno would need to be fired, Theo would then be the very impersonation of the Devil himself by having to relieve the Cubs iconic second baseman and manager. That’s strike one.

    Besides, Ryno probably doesn’t think like Theo because he’s been with the Cubs! Strike two.

    And strike three is that he has no ML managerial experience. 

    Strike four is that he is not from a winning tradition.

    Strike five is that he quit midseason–just like Zambrano.

    Hey, how many strikes do you get?

    So it ain’t going to happen this time, either. And apparently Jim Qlueless and Theo agree on this point.