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Mike Quade calls out Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney after blowout loss

Jul 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Mike Quade, Starlin Castro

Ryan Dempster lasted just three innings and allowed six runs in yesterday’s 9-1 loss to the Phillies, but afterward manager Mike Quade chose to call out the young middle infield duo of 21-year-old Starlin Castro and 25-year-old rookie Darwin Barney.

Castro lost a pop up in the sun during the first inning and even though Dempster allowed just two of his six runs in the opening frame Quade used that play as a launching point for what are clearly numerous complaints about the Cubs’ only All-Star and his double-play partner.

Here’s what the manager told Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago:

I needed to talk to kids in the middle of the diamond about that. We set a bad tone. [They] are communicating all the way. But I look back at this whole game and look at that play. The sun’s been in the same spot for however long Wrigley Field’s been here. Those are the kind of mistakes … there are some you accept. Others have to be taken care of.

Those are two talented kids in the middle of the diamond. We make enough mistakes. But it’s so important for those guys to play well in the middle. Everything goes through them, so if we’re going to be better at pitching, we have to be better in the middle.

After the game Barney took the criticisms in stride, saying: “I agree with him 100 percent.”

Still, with the Cubs leading the majors in errors and veteran first baseman Carlos Pena also committing an error in the same game it seems odd for Quade to repeatedly hammer on his 21-year-old shortstop. He’s been calling out Castro for various things all season and deserved or not publicly criticizing one of the few productive, promising players on a team that’s on pace for 98 losses seems misguided at some point.

Of course, if the Cubs don’t turn things around down the stretch Quade might not be back in 2012 and his relationship with Castro will be a non-issue.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Didn’t Castro hit a bomb off Cliff Lee the night before…while the rest of the team’s hitters did squat for 9 innings? Maybe if Quade was a little more consistent with his criticisms, he could be taken seriously. Unfortunately for him, he is looking more and more like one and done.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      You are durned right he did. I can’t believe Quade. The net gain over this season, I repeat GAIN, with Castro’s bat in there vs his error-ridden fielding is probably +5-10 games. In other words, he creates for W’s for the Cubs than L’s. Last night and the night vs Lee were clearly NOT Castro’s fault whatsoever. Dempster reams Quade out and gets away with it while his performance has created less good things for the Cubs than Castro’s. Quade is now officially a douchenozzle circa 2011.

    • riverace19 - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Good job stooge Quade, you call out the best and most consistent player on the team while your overpriced veterans slack every day.
      He was a bench coach for 25 years or whatever for a reason. He’s a perfect clown manager for a clown team.

  2. The Common Man - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Mike Quade is a damn idiot. Blaming Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney for a 9-1 loss is like blaming the commander of the USS Arizona for Pearl Harbor.

  3. frankvzappa - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Quade must be a racist.

  4. jimbo1949 - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    How do you spell irrelevant?

  5. Jonny 5 - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    Quade sucks.

    Starlin Castro is the envy of mostly every major league club out there. You just don’t find talent like he’s got at his position very often. He’s got power, speed, range, and an arm. Everything you look for at his position.

    18 errors is a lot, but he’s developing and you can’t hang losses on a kid. Quade, hang them on yourself, that’s another part of your job as manager.

  6. steve7921 - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Boy Ryno must be saying…geesh thank goodness for small favors!!! This team stinks and I don’t think Ryno would have made a difference but at least he still looks like a managerial candidate.

  7. Alex K - Jul 21, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    It’s totally wrong for Quade to blame Castro for a loss like that. Totally unacceptable.

  8. willcoop - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Keep screwing with this kid and he will remember come contract time and when he gets the chance to leave. He beats the crap out of this kid when he has how many worthless piles of crap that’s not doing Jack on this team? I haven’t heard him hammmer Soriano, who deserves it. If you beat on him enough he will want to leave with that albatross of a contract, same for Fukudome, Ramirez, Dempster, Marmol, Wood, Soto, Zambrano a worthless pitching coach, third base coach and crappy manager. How about starting there!

  9. markcycy - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Ryan Sandberg is doing pretty well as the iron Pigs manager

  10. FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Chicago is going to rue the day they let Ryan Sandberg the Manager go to the Phillies, just as all Phillies rue the day they traded Sandberg the Player to Chicago.

    • FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      And that’s what I get for copy pasting markcycy! It’s Ryne Sandberg!!!! ARRRRGGGGG

  11. natstowngreg - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Um Mike, the sun has been there for several billion years. Wrigley may be old, but it’s not THAT old.

  12. lrt79 - Jul 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Quade is a horribly excuse for a manager. He’s an embarrassment and a huge failure.

    When you’re in charge of one of the highest paid teams in the league and they have the second to worst record? You suck.

    I can’t believe we gave up Sandberg for this clown.

    Hendry should pack his bags as well.

  13. cerowb - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Damn it, Aaron. I was looking forward to the continuation of the headline, “…Have we mentioned that Mike Quade is in over his head?” hahaha

  14. neilbb4 - Jul 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Quade wants to blame two guys who have hustled and shown heart all season? What’s he done with the pitching staff? Why does he keep putting 2nd basemen in the outfield? When has he shown any consistency with a lineup? How has he shown any confidence in guys like Campana, LeMahieu? He brings them up from the minors and lets them sit. He destroyed Colvins confidence. He doesn’t understand managing the game, instead he just “plays to the matchups”, try a little instinct once in a while!! baseball was around before computer generated stats!

  15. willcoop - Jul 21, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    River and Neil, you are 100% correct. How do you manage to call out the two guys that’s hustling the most and delivering. The Cubs knew Castro was young and would make mistakes, same with Barney. Players have lost balls in that Wrigley sun and wind for how many years now? And Quade the bald genius says the sun has been in the same spot for years. The problem is Quade has only been managing for a short period and he can’t figure out where the sun is. I bet the veterans are laughing at this guy and not even taking him serious. Oh crap, I can see ladies day coming back again so they can fill up seats. Oh, by the way has anyone heard from Ricketts the clown?

  16. dasher521 - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    (Paraphrase) ‘I think major league ball players should a catch a routine pop up.’ And that’s calling someone out? He made an error on a play that should have been made. The manager said it. One of the players agrees and I am guessing the other one would also admit he should have caught it. End of story.

    I don’t follow the Cubs that closely and don’t know much about Quade. But he shouldn’t be all over his young players all of the time, no question about that.

    • FC - Jul 21, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      This might have been SNL skit or an actual quote, but I could swear Harray Caray once said: “Here’s this young man, who comes from Puerto Rico.. or one of those islands down there… who have 365 sunny days a year… and he drops a fly ball in the sun! I just. Can’t. Figure it out.”

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