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Piniella stepping down, Mike Quade taking over for Cubs

Aug 22, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

Cubs manager Lou Piniella has had enough and is going to step down from his post as the team's manager after Sunday's series finale against the Braves. This according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Third base coach Mike Quade will take over...

Cubs manager Lou Piniella has had enough and is going to step down from his post as the team’s manager after Sunday’s series finale against the Braves.  This according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Third base coach Mike Quade will take over on an interim basis for the rest of 2010.

Piniella announced last month that he planned to retire at the conclusion of this season.  The Cubs have been nothing short of awful since he made that decision public, though, and ‘Sweet Lou’ no longer wants to handle the pain.  That, and his mother is in bad health and checking in on her would require travel days that Lou figured might distract the team.

There is going to be a big hunt for a new skipper this winter in Chicago and plenty of big names will be thrown around.  Sure, the Cubbies haven’t won a World Series in close to 102 years, but the glory of being the man that carries that fan base to the promised land is attractive beyond the multi-million dollar salary.  Ryne Sandberg, currently managing the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, is expected to be a candidate.  Quade will also be considered, according to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat.

Pineilla hoped to lead the Cubs and their massive following to the Fall Classic but did not succeed.  He currently stands 316-292 as manager of the Cubs with one game to play.  Lou led ‘em to first place finishes in his first two seasons but never past the NLDS.

  1. Dreamer - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    I must say that we are all very discouraged but I am very disappointed with Lou – he obviously doesn’t “get it”. When you are a Cub fan you stick it out! Shame on you Lou.

  2. Ditto65 - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Who said Lou was a Cub fan?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Me for Ryne Sandberg. I don’t know what kind of managerial skills he has, but it doesn’t matter. When your karma is bent south by Die Vloek van der Geitbok or some other prion-vectored neuro-ectoplasmic brain-eating disease, the skills of your manager are irrelevant and your destiny is foretold. I’d just like to see the Rhino back in uniform for auld lang syno, you know?

  4. CubsFan65 - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    and the fact that his mom is dying and his uncle just passed has nothing to do with it? Geesh, he is going to be with his family, yes the Cubs stink this year but that is NOT the reason he is leaving early.

  5. hoopmatch - Aug 22, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    One wonders if Alan Trammell feels like he was kicked in the gonads.

  6. Calir - Aug 22, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    When the going gets tough, just leave….he’s done it before.

  7. JefeGrande - Aug 22, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Dang, I would rather it be Randy Quaid.

  8. jde - Aug 23, 2010 at 12:56 AM

    It’s a JOB. If he feels that he needs to step down to be with his ailing mother, that’s his decision and his alone. If you can’t understand that, maybe you don’t “get it.” He’s owes you nothing.

  9. El Bravo - Aug 23, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    I agree, Rhino is a good choice since he’s got nothing to lose taking the reins from Lou. If they suck, they can say they’re still in a rebuilding process (at least for 2-3 seasons). If the do okay, kudos to Rhino. If they do better than okay (haha), Rhino gets the credit for turning poo to platinum. Cubs may as well place their bets with a guy who is dear to the club w/o experience over a guy with experience who will hate his job after the first 10-game losing streak.

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