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Cubs manager Mike Quade is in over his head

Jul 1, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

Mike Quade AP

At least he sort of admitted after the Cubs’ latest loss Friday.

“This one is on me,” Mike Quade said after trying to get Randy Wells through the seventh inning in the game against the White Sox.

In Quade’s defense, Wells was cruising up until that point.  After a two-run first, he retired 11 in a row at one point.  That stretch was only broken by a Brent Morel bunt single to begin the sixth.  After the single, Wells got Carlos Quentin to ground into a double play and Paul Konerko to ground out.  The entire inning consisted of just three pitches, and that followed a fifth in which he threw all of five pitches.

Wells, though, didn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt once thngs started unraveling in the seventh.  The right-hander, who was 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in six starts since coming off the DL, gave up a single to A.J. Pierzynski and then an Alexei Ramirez homer that tied the game at 4.

The obvious move was to pull him then, but Quade left him in.  Alex Rios singled before Gordon Beckham grounded to third for the first out of the frame.  After that, pinch-hitter Adam Dunn walked and Juan Pierre delivered a two-run triple, giving the White Sox a 6-4 lead that would stand up for the rest of the game.

This is the way things have gone for Quade all year.  Not that any manager would have the Cubs playing better than .500 ball, but even with their injuries, they’re better than a 34-49 team.  They’re getting solid production out of every spot in the lineup, and while the bottom of the rotation has been a disaster, the top three guys have been just fine the last two months.

Quade is getting outmanaged at practically every opportunity, and it’s time for him to go.  I’m not sure bench coach Pat Listach is any better of a choice to step in — he’s the one in Quade’s ear when the tactical choices are being made — but he would be the likely choice to take over on an interim basis.  The Cubs need to wipe the slate clean anyway, and when GM Jim Hendry is fired — something that needs to happen this winter whether Quade is retained or not — it’d be for the best if the new general manager gets to pick the manager of his choice.

  1. hep3 - Jul 1, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Ryne Sandberg?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 1, 2011 at 6:37 PM

      No way. He is Cholly heir apparent now and has the Iron Pigs playing some good baseball. The Cubs had their chance.

  2. lukey2 - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:19 PM

    Much as I respect Sandberg, it seems to me like he’s not up to the task of managing at the major league level. I’m not sure why, Pete Rose wasn’t the sharpest stick in the bunch and he managed OK, but I think Ryno is being shut out because he lacks some of the tools needed to manage in the bigs. If the Cubs didn’t want him, good luck elsewhere.

  3. ccad05 - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    The cubs passed on ryno because they would’ve had to pay much more than quade’s sorry butt.

    • Alex K - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:58 PM

      Actually I think they passed on Ryno because they didn’t want him to take over a bad team. They wanted him to come in and be successful. I don’t think it would happen with the team as currently put together.

      • jeffbbf - Jul 2, 2011 at 11:23 AM

        True – new Cubs owners were terrified that they would eventually have to fire one of the team’s greatest players and muddy his name because they knew this team is several years from winning. Same reason PK Wrigley never hired Ernie Banks to manage. Odd that it seems like they led Ryno on for 4 years in the minors, though.

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