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Mike Quade to interview for the Twins Triple-A job

Nov 10, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

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The Peter Principle states that  “in a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” That means that employees tend to be promoted until they reach a position at which they cannot work competently. Most of us shoulda kept our last job, basically. You’ll see this in action if NBC ever decides to give me my own TV show.

Anyway, Mike Quade seems like a victim of that. He’s become a near-punchline for his rather feckless one year and change stint as Cubs manager, but that obscures the fact that he was a highly respected minor league manager and major league coach who should, if there is justice in the world, have no problem obtaining another high-level job in someone’s organization. Like, say, the Twins:

Former Cubs manager Mike Quade is one of a handful of candidates the Twins are interested in to manage their Class AAA affiliate in Rochester, N.Y … Other Rochester candidates include former Red Sox first base coach Ron Johnson, former Mets bench coach Ken Oberkfell, former Braves hitting coach Larry Parrish and former White Sox third base coach Jeff Cox.

Ambition is awesome, but let’s hear it for people finding places where they are both comfortable and can excel.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Siriusly Craig, you have a great face for radio.

  2. The Common Man - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    This is actually a departure for the Twins, who rarely go outside of their organization for anything.

  3. 78mu - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Rochester has won numerous championships in the last 80 years so isn’t this a step up for Quade if a winning franchise wants him?

    • zidanevalor - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:52 PM

      Rochester has been in the bottom of the International League North Division for the last two years.

      It should be interesting next year because not only are the Rochester Red Wings playing at Frontier Field, but the Triple-A Yankees will be playing 37 games at Frontier Field as well. It’s really exciting.

    • tolbuck - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

      Rochester hasn’t won the IL since 1997. They last finished above .500 in 2008. They have been one of the worst teams in the league the last couple of years. Given the state of their farm system, the Wings are likely to be one of the worst teams in the IL again next year. At this point, it is hard to call Rochester a winning franchise.

      • 78mu - Nov 10, 2011 at 1:04 PM

        When comparing them to the Cubs, it is all relative.

      • kenbuddha - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:33 PM

        Rochester has been a Twins affiliate since 2003. Before that they were the Orioles affiliate since 1961. The point is, the mediocrity there is only associated with the Twins since 2003.

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