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Ryan Dempster: Give Mike Quade the Cubs job

Sep 29, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

A few weeks ago, A Guy I Talked to Who Knows Stuff said that the Cubs players are big, big Mike Quade fans and wanted him to get the job. It was pretty obvious, however, that the players were going to keep quiet about it and let Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts do their job because, ultimately, it’s their call.  Ryan Dempster decided last night that keeping mum is no fun:

Dempster, who notched his 15th win with seven strong innings, became the first Cubs player to outwardly endorse Quade for the job in 2011.

“He’s
been very upfront, very honest with all of us,” Dempster said. “He’s
been tremendously supportive, he’s given us a lot of confidence to go
out there. What he’s done for the bullpen- those guys have really
stepped up and he’s believed in them.

“He’s
done a great job and I hope that he’s here longer than just this year. I
hope he’s managing for us next year because he deserves it. He’s done
everything they’ve asked, and everyone in here really likes him.”

If the Cubs make Mike Quade the manager over Ryne Sandberg, there will be a lot of bummed fans. But those will be fans who haven’t been paying attention to the fact that the Cubs have played good baseball for Quade. And ultimately, making a managerial choice based on fan sentiment — especially casual fan sentiment — is madness.

The players like him and want him to stay. He’s done a fine job. The smart play, it seems, would be to give Mike Quade the gig full time.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM

    Yeah, but then they could easily pacify Cubs fans by hiring Dennis Quaid to fill his spot as pitching coach.. I can see it now…… “ROOKIE”ROOKIE”ROOKIE”

  2. Professor Dave - Sep 29, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    And this guy for the bench coach! http://www.cyberpunkreview.com/images/totalrecall07.jpg

  3. Jonny5 - Sep 29, 2010 at 10:19 AM

    Yeah, but he died. Although, the little guy now resides in Joe West’s neck pouch…. Don’t think West is a big fan favorite in Chicago for some reason…

  4. Kiwicricket - Sep 29, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Someone please remind Ryan that he’s an employee

  5. Tony A - Sep 29, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    What does that mean?

  6. Old Gator - Sep 29, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    It means we’re still waiting for the revolution. When Ryan Dempster opens a game by singing “The Internationale” (which by the way sounds a whole lot better than that unsingable farrago “The Star Spangled Boner”) we’ll know it has arrived.

  7. HomeHalfwayDotNet - Oct 1, 2010 at 12:58 PM

    They’ll give it to Ryne to keep him as a Cub employee. Though I’m with the players; Quade deserves it.

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