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After one year as Cubs manager Mike Quade is 80-85

Aug 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

Mike Quade managed the Cubs to a 24-13 record down the stretch last season after replacing Lou Piniella and that earned him a two-year contract worth around $2 million, but a year later the honeymoon is definitely over.

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com notes that today marks the one-year anniversary of Quade becoming the interim manager and during that time his record is 80-85, including 56-72 this season.

To suggest the team’s struggles are entirely Quade’s fault is misguided, of course, but then again giving him full credit for last season’s late turnaround followed similarly flawed logic.

He still has 34 games to get things back on track this season, but ultimately it may be a moot point as the general manager hired to replace Jim Hendry will likely want to bring in his own manager and presumably owner Tom Ricketts is willing to eat Quade’s guaranteed salary for 2012.

Quade has clashed with several players, including most recently and consistently Starlin Castro, but veterans like Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano stuck up for the manager when talking to Mooney yesterday.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    G’bye Mike.

  2. mvp43 - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Time to start fresh in Chi town……….they need to clean house big time, and build a new stadium anywhere. All the 1908; billy goat talk is really getting sickening. I would’nt be proud of all that, I’d be embarassed. I attendted my first game at Wrigley in June and was floored by hoe people were there to drink and not even watch the game. At least on the southside they appreciate the game.

    • Alex K - Aug 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

      They don’t need a new stadium. Wrigley is a fine place to watch a baseball game.

      • professorperry - Aug 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        Yeah, but the area around Wrigley could be improved a lot. The Fenway neighborhood transformation is the model.

      • Alex K - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:00 PM

        I don’t think you’ve been to Wrigleyville, then. Other than Rush St. downtown it is Party Central, Chicago. There is a ton to do there, and it is still busy during the winter months. Try again.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM

        Wrigley is half the reason I fell back in love with baseball. The park has many issues as we’ve discussed over the course of the season, but it is a f’ing awesome place to watch a game. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a real “game” on the field for a couple years.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Aug 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        Wrigley could be improved??? How so, removing some of the douchier cubs fans and replacing them with pie stands? The neighborhood is fantastic (except for the douchier cubs fans) and ranks up there with the best in the city. Yes, try again.

  3. trevorb06 - Aug 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I actually wouldn’t be too surprised if Quade stuck around. He isn’t a terrible manager by any means and really who is there to replace him with? A manager is really only as strong as his team can be. You can have the best jockey in the world but if you put him on a slow horse he won’t win anything. Managers are an important part of a ball club just like the jockey is important in horse racing but its still a two way street. Quade isn’t a bad jockey.

  4. sjhaack - Aug 23, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Whenever people work themselves into a lather thinking managers make a difference, I’m always inclined to show them the work of one Terry (Tito) Francona.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/francte01.shtml

    You’re telling me he had a bigger impact than Ed Wade and Theo Epstein?

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