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Cubs fire Mike Quade, already ruling out Ryne Sandberg?

Nov 2, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

Bob Davidson, Mike Quade

Mike Quade is out as Cubs manager after meeting last week with new team president Theo Epstein to essentially interview for his own job.

Epstein called it “a productive conversation” and Quade is under contract for $980,000 in 2012, but not surprisingly the new regime wants to bring in their own guy.

Ryne Sandberg’s name will no doubt be linked to the job, but in making the Quade announcement Epstein said that the Cubs’ next manager “must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.” That seemingly rules out Sandberg, who’s struggled to land a prominent spot on a big-league coaching staff, let alone a managerial gig.

Quade took over as interim manager in late 2010 after Lou Piniella stepped down and worked his way into the full-time job thanks to the Cubs going 24-13 down the stretch. None of that same magic was present this season, as the Cubs finished 71-91.

UPDATE: Sandberg might have to settle for the Cardinals job, which would be … interesting.

  1. nagrommit - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Didn’t Ryno participate in the dugout during the Phillies’ playoff run? Does that count as major league coaching experience? #graspingatstrawshere

    • ptho16 - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:57 AM

      All AAA coaching staff does this after the season is done, not just the playoffs, but the last month of the season, but it’s equivalent to being an intern, not doing the job.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I just though of a good fit for the Cubs. His name came into my mind as I thought he did a good job as color analyst this year for TBS in the playoffs. What about Bob Brenly? He’s managed a team to a World Series title and is a Chicago guy. He would fit the experience criteria and would probably be welcomed by the fans.

    • paperlions - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      The 2001 Diamondbacks are proof that a team can win the WS with a manager that has no idea what he is doing.

      • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:08 PM

        Brenly is a good baseball man and is respected. The Cubs could do much worse.

      • paperlions - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM

        He may be respected, but not for managerial accumen….the Cubs actually couldn’t do much worse than him.

      • jwbiii - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        Bob Brenly has campaigned for virtually every MLB managerial opening for years. He has not gotten an interview. What constitutes “completely unrespected” in your world?

        He does a fine job as a TV analyst.

      • Alex K - Nov 2, 2011 at 6:34 PM

        I love Bob on TV. I would hate for him to be the manager.

    • goawaydog - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      he also said during one of his broadcasts that the Cubs looked so bad he would never want to manage them

  3. shaggylocks - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Terry Francona. They’re getting the band back together, man. They’re on a mission from God.

    • Kyle - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      That would just be too good.

    • thinman61 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:11 PM

      I don’t think it will actually happen, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of a good rumor. Hit it!

  4. trevorb06 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Sounds like Francona is coming to Chicago.

  5. spudchukar - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    The Cubs are in such a disarray, the choice should probably go to somebody firm, but understanding. Probably not the time for Sandburg, unless they plan on completely cleaning house, which I would recommend, but would be awfully expensive. Sounds like Ramirez is moving on, but they still have Soriano (18 mil for the next 3 years ), Zambrano (18 mil in 2012, and possibly 19.5 in 2013 but only if he finishes in the top 4 for Cy.), and Marmol (7 mil in 2012 and 8.5 in 2013). Just dealing with those three ought to give any potential manager pause.

  6. paperlions - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Did they have Bob Davidson tell him he was fired? I wonder what Davidson would charge for that service.

    • spudchukar - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      He would certainly, balk, at the first offer.

    • jwbiii - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      Epstein and Hoyer flew to Florida to tell him in person.

      • chesschum - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:45 PM

        Which totally rocks. Classy move, guys.

    • cur68 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      I’m sure it was one of the Bobs that fired him. Maybe the one that liked the Randy Quaid movies…

  7. stlouis1baseball - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Wonderful. I now fully expect the TLR/AP “going to Chicago” B.S. to start. Let er’ fly people!

    • paperlions - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM

      There is absolutely nothing about TLR that makes me think he would be managing anywhere in MLB next year….or the year after that….and if he was going to return….would he really return to a situation like the Cubs? He’s too old to wait for years while a team rebuilds….and the Cubs are probably years away…they have next to nothing in the farm system….FA is a way to supplement a team, not to build one (unless you are in NY or Boston).

      • stlouis1baseball - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:31 PM

        Oh I am with you 100% Paper. But it matters not. I still fully expect all that B.S. to be starting. Marty (I don’t have a clue) Brennamen just stated on his Cincinnati radio broadcast last night that he doesn’t think TLR is done Managing. I had two buddies (both Redlegs fans) immediately text me. Marty just likes to stir shit up when it involves the Cardinals. I responded that it is just Marty being Marty. Regardless…TLR flaty said….NO when asked if he would ever Manage in MLB again. TLR (if nothing else)…is considered a Man of his word. But again…it matters not. I fully expect the TLR/AP to Chicago crap to start immediately.

  8. halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    There is zero chance that the Cubs are going to hire Francona. After the Francona fiasco that occurred in Boston, Epstein will not bring him into Chicago. Zero chance. You have a better chance of seeing them hire Jerry Manuel.

    • thinman61 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:16 PM

      You’re likely right, Theo won’t hire Tito again, but he might look at bringing DeMarlo Hale to Chicago.

  9. cosmoman11 - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Epstein won’t hire Sandburg because Ryno would be more popular with the fans than Theo.

    • paperlions - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      Yeah, Epstein is totally that kind of person. *eyeroll*

      • psousa1 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:08 PM

        Well when Theo threw a tantrum and left after the 2006 season for one month it had to do with the fact that he asked Larry Lucchino to use his executive privelages to get him out of a trade he made with the Rockies. When the Rockies owner complained loud and hard about what an a-hole Lucchinno was for reneging (sic?) on the trade to Theo’s best buddy Peter Gammons. Gammons then went on a rampage trying to skewer Lucchinno. When the other side of the story was writtten that Theo went to Lucchinno to get him out of the deal – that’s when he threw his tantrum and quit.

        Good bye Theo and all the frat boys, you did a good job with amateur scouting but you squandered half a billion dollars on bad contracts that the Red Sox are still paying players on other teams or who are out of baseball. I hope you take your ‘advisor’ Gammons with you so he can help broker Wily Mo Pena, JD Drew and Dice K Matsuzaka like deals with the Cubs too.

  10. Chris K - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    When a manager is signed, do they need toremain a manager? Like could they theoretically make him a bench coach in the same way they can make a player switch positions?

    • halladaysbiceps - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:23 PM

      The Cardinals could theoretically hire Sandberg as a bench coach if they don’t hire him as a manager. But, if they are interviewing him for the managers job, the answer is no, he would not be switching back and forth between manager and bench coaching duties.

    • jwbiii - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      This has been tried. It didn’t work.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Coaches

      • Chris K - Nov 2, 2011 at 9:27 PM

        I meant more in the sense of: Quade was hired to be a manager. Instead of firing him, could they just say, “Now you’re our bench coach” and like have him swap places with another coach on the staff? Not saying it would be a good idea, was just curious on what type of contract a manager actually signs and whether he signs to be specifically the manager or nothing, or if he just signs to be a coach, and his position is later assigned as manager.

  11. SmackSaw - Nov 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    College of coaches was an unmitigated disaster.

  12. krispc - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Maybe the Cubs could hire Guillen. He got the White Sox to the World Series.

  13. Matt Aromando - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    I guess Quade won’t be the compensation to the Red Sox.

  14. materialman80 - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Mike isn’t the problem. They are just the Cubs and they always suck.

    • paperlions - Nov 2, 2011 at 4:55 PM

      While this is true with respect to the 2011 version of the Cubs (that team wouldn’t make any decisions look smart), I doubt he was let go because of performance. They likely wanted to get a fell for him philosophically to see if he was someone they could work with and feel comfortable having as manager….and he wasn’t.

  15. gmsingh - Nov 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Three words: bring back Riggleman.

  16. cletusinminnesota - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Brian Harper may be the answer. He has spent years managing in the Cub’s system at AA and AAA levels. He helped lead Minnesota to its first World Series win as their catcher in 1987. He is a winner who, like Ron Washington, played under Tom Kelly. Theo Epstein should definitely interview Brian Harper.

  17. missamyg - Nov 2, 2011 at 10:58 PM

    Speaking as a Bostonian, both Theo and Terry Francona both brought a lot of joy to this city (and all of New England). I would like to see them be able to bring as much happiness to the good citizens of Chicago as well.

    Theo, please help Tito land on his feet. He really tanked at the announcers job, and deserves something good.Bring him on board with you.

  18. Bar None - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    If Ryno ends up in a Cardinals uniform my childhood is ruined.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 3, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      If your childhood could stand Jim McMahon playing for both the Packers and Vikings, I’m not sure this would totally ruin it.

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