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Cubs manager Mike Quade is already on the hot seat, but so is general manager Jim Hendry

Jun 14, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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With the Cubs tied for the second-worst record in baseball at 26-39 “fans and the media have begun to wonder if Mike Quade’s days as manager may be nearing an end,” according to Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago.

Quade went 24-13 down the stretch last season after taking over for Lou Piniella, but all the friendly press about his turning the team around has disappeared with this year’s awful, drama-filled start.

General manager Jim Hendry gave Quade a vote of confidence yesterday, pointing out that he “didn’t flip a light switch from last year to the beginning of this season and start managing differently or handling people differently.”

Of course, Hendry is on the heat seat himself with the Cubs just 184-204 since the beginning of 2009 and he removed the “interim manager” tag from Quade by signing him to a two-year contract in mid-October.

Hendry, who’s been the general manager since mid-2002, called the Cubs’ poor play “my responsibility” and added: “I certainly wouldn’t dump any of that on Mike Quade. He’s certainly going to do a fine job here.”

  1. umrguy42 - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    “General manager Jim Hendry gave Quade a vote of confidence yesterday”

    Yeah, and Michael Corleone told his sister he wouldn’t make a widow of her. He also embraced Fredo, too…

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:22 AM

      But look what Connie did when she was a widow. Good thing she was a girl.

    • nudeman - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      Who’d have guessed there’d be a Fredo reference here.

      Then again, it IS the Cubs. Just sayin’ …

    • Panda Claus - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM

      Wait a second… are you indirectly comparing Pujols to Fredo (“Remember the Hug!”)? In St. Louis the “Hug” is as [in]famous as the “Alamo” is in San Antonio. Maybe Pujols was trying to tell Hendry something.

  2. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Jim Hendry needs to go if that team is going to ever try to get above .500 again.

  3. nps6724 - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    It seems every vote of confidence from a GM is followed by a firing of the manager/head coach by the end of the season, if not sooner. So long, Quade.

  4. StottsEra - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    certainly

  5. dodger88 - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Under Quade the Cubs are 50-52 since he took over last year. Anyone really think this Cubs team is better than a .500 club? I think not.

  6. bigxrob - Jun 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Friday night in Philly, Zambrano was laboring and loaded the bases having thrown 120 +/- pitches. He was done. But with a right handed batter up, Quade only had a left hander warming up in the bull pen. Since left handed relievers are not allowed to pitch to a right handed batter in that situation (according to the managers handbook), he left Z in. Result: Grand slam.
    The Cubs scored 5 in the next inning, but it wasn’t enough.
    How could he not have a reliever ready in that situation?
    As a philly fan, I was happy with the result, but still, how does that happen.

    • Panda Claus - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

      Leaving Zambrano in to fatigue himself is a known strategy the team employs. They figure if he’s worn down he’ll have less energy to trash the dugout or clubhouse. Gatorade coolers around the league wisely insisted on this clause in their latest CBA.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Yeah, I was thinking that was dumb at the time, I think some of it was due to the overtime game from the night before. Still it was obvious Zambonehead was cooked at that point. And he was only facing the best hitter on the Phillies and all. Quade’s skills are suspect imo. You don’t leave a cooked Zambonehead on the mound after loading the bases to face Polanco, You just don’t do that if you’re thinking straight.

    • paperlions - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      Not trying to defend Quade here, just a general question…but how much of who and when is up in the pen is on the manager versus the pitching coach….isn’t the pitching coach at least in charge of providing advice/guidance on these issues to the manager?

      • Jonny 5 - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

        It’s the manager who runs the show from what I see. At least when it comes to who’s coming from the Pen and when. The pitching coach could let the manager know “So and so is burned out and needs to sit tonight.” But I really don’t think they make any calls on when and who comes out besides that.
        Phillies perspective. Dubee wouldn’t bring Romero out against RH batters if he didn’t have to, and Manuel does too often, even when he doesn’t have to, burning my a$$. Just because Romero is totally ineffective against RH batters (lots of walks) but does well with LH’s.

  7. nudeman - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Re Zambrano, I know an ex major leaguer; was a 10-12 year guy, most in the NL. A good player, but not superstar. .300 hitter with some power.

    Said the book on Zambrano was simple: Just step out of the box a couple times, or do something else to upset him. He’d get pissed, throw a fastball down the middle and would totally lose focus. A 10 million dollar talent with a 10 cent brain and emotional makeup.

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