What About Mike Quade?


With the news of general manager Jim Hendry possibly being retained after the season, that now creates an interesting situation for manager Mike Quade. Throughout most of the season, the belief was that both Hendry’s and Quades’ fate were tied together. Because if the Cubs were to hire a new a general manager then Quade would likely have been replaced in favor of the new general manager’s hand-picked manager. But considering that Quade was Hendry’s decision, the Cubs general manager may not want to admit that he failed once again with picking the Cubs manager. So, what is next for Quade after the season?

Before we discuss whether or not Hendry will fire Quade, lets first take a look at whether Quade deserves to be back next season. If you are a religious follower of this blog, you may already know the answer. Mike Quade has done nothing to prove that he is deserving of being a full-time manager. While I don’t hold Quade responsible for the Carlos Zambrano incident, Zambrano’s actions may have been a byproduct of the lack of control that Quade has over the Cubs’ clubhouse. To simply put it, Quade is not respected by the Cubs veteran players. Whether it was Ryan Dempster chewing out Quade while the cameras were rolling, or Zambrano calling out his manager publicly at different times this season it is clear that the veteran players control the clubhouse and not Quade. Though, you could argue that Quade’s lack of control is the reason that Zambrano’s career with the Cubs has ended. To Cubs fans at least, that should be worth something.

But in all seriousness, there are multiple reasons why the Cubs should find a new manager after the season. Perhaps a bigger reason than the lack of control that Quade has, is the fact that Quade does not know how to manage young players. Whether or not Quade prevents top prospect Brett Jackson from being a September call-up is not determined yet, but even if Jackon is with the Cubs in September, Quade’s track record this season would prove that Jackson will probably be a fixture on the bench during the last month of the season. Obviously, Tyler Colvin is the prime example when it comes to how inept Quade is when it comes to handling young players. Despite the fact that Hendry admitted that Kosuke Fukudome was traded to give Colvin the chance to play everyday in right field, Quade apparently has not gotten the message.

Knowing how to handle young players is a key trait for a manager to possess, especially when it comes to managing a team that is in the position that the Cubs are currently in. Over the final weeks of this season, and all of next season, there will be a wave of top prospects that make their way to the major leagues. I worry that if Quade is still in place as the Cubs manager the young players players will be regressing instead of progressing. A key example of a manager who knows how to handle young players is Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hurdle led the young and inexperienced Rockies to the World Series in 2007, and has led the Pirates this season to what is going to be their best season in the last 18 years.

For the aforementioned reasons, Hendry needs to be willing to admit that he made a mistake with Quade and look to hire a new manager after the season. Despite the recent suggestion from Bob Nightengale, I’m not a firm believer that Hendry will be back next season. The bottom-line is there still is a lot of time left between now and the end of the season, and chairman Tom Ricketts probably will not make a definitive decision on Hendry or Quade until the off-season.

Tags: Brett Jackson Chicago Cubs Jim Hendry Kosuke Fukudome Mike Quade. Carlos Zambrano Ryan Dempster Tom Ricketts Tyler Colvin

  • Luke Blaize

    I really don’t see any way Quade returns next season. Ricketts wants to rebuild via the farm system, and Hendry appears to be on board with that. Quade isn’t.

    Of course Hendry isn’t as safe as Nightengale thinks. Already there are contradicting reports coming out of the Chicago media saying he’s all but certain to be gone. And if Hendry does go, there is virtually no chance that Quade is retained.

  • Luke Blaize

    I really don’t see any way Quade returns next season. Ricketts wants to rebuild via the farm system, and Hendry appears to be on board with that. Quade isn’t.

    Of course Hendry isn’t as safe as Nightengale thinks. Already there are contradicting reports coming out of the Chicago media saying he’s all but certain to be gone. And if Hendry does go, there is virtually no chance that Quade is retained.

  • JordanC

    @Luke Blaize

    I would tend to agree. No matter what scenario you look at it, it does not bode well for Quade. Like you said, Quade has gone against what Hendry has said on almost every situation this season.

  • JordanC

    @Luke Blaize

    I would tend to agree. No matter what scenario you look at it, it does not bode well for Quade. Like you said, Quade has gone against what Hendry has said on almost every situation this season.

  • bboliger

    @Luke Blaize Does it really matter if Quade is around if Hendry stays? Seriously, Hendry is terrible. He could have forced some moves by just getting rid of players. If Quade won’t play Colvin then I’ll just trade Johnson for nothing. All of them need to go but I’m going to be most angry if Hendry keeps his job. No trades at the trade deadline, no moves during the offseason. Do we really want Jim Hendry spending the $50-$60M that is coming off the books and available for free agent signings? I don’t. He’s stupid enough to give Ramirez a 5 year deal worth $20M a year.

  • bboliger

    @Luke Blaize Does it really matter if Quade is around if Hendry stays? Seriously, Hendry is terrible. He could have forced some moves by just getting rid of players. If Quade won’t play Colvin then I’ll just trade Johnson for nothing. All of them need to go but I’m going to be most angry if Hendry keeps his job. No trades at the trade deadline, no moves during the offseason. Do we really want Jim Hendry spending the $50-$60M that is coming off the books and available for free agent signings? I don’t. He’s stupid enough to give Ramirez a 5 year deal worth $20M a year.

  • kingdomusa

    This scenario is a no win situation for cub fans everywhere. There is no doubt that Quade is the wrong person to lead the Cubs. He lacks discipline. caters to the vets & will chastise rookies. He has made too many poor decisions on the field, especially how he handles the pitching staff. His elementary school nicknames & meaningless stupid quotes are sometimes beyond belief. Under no circumstances should he be retained no matter who is in charge. It’s about time that the upper level get the pulse reading on how the fans feel & its 90% or better they want “Q” gone. I doubt any other team would go after him. Quade also went against Hendry’s wishes not playing Colvin. The Cubs are now about youth in the future & “Q” can’t handle that. Most of our wins are against losing teams if you look at past results.

    If Hendry stays, forget having Ryno here. Ryno would have done better than “Q” because he is a Rookies coach. If Hendry is released I think Ryno would be interested. Hendry did not treat Ryno right in the promises & interview process. Ricketts gave Hendry too much power & if Ricketts wanted Ryno he should have over-ruled Jimbo.

    I would like to see Rick Hahn, asst. GM of Kenny williams at the White Sox as GM. Bring in Gillick from the Phillies as President as he is seriously interested. Give Ryno the manager’s job as he knows the young prospects that we wikk have to groom. Give a serious look at Kin Ng as asst. to Gillick & let him train her as next President when Gillick retires. The fans I think would love these changes & would welcome Ricketts with open arms.

    The Cubs Convention could get ugly if Ricketts announces this whole group remains intact for 2012. That would send a signal that they don’t care about winning & a slap in the face to the fans that have supported them over the years. The pulse of the fans is in simple terms…..WE WANT CHANGE”. It’s all in Tomm Ricketts court.

  • kingdomusa

    This scenario is a no win situation for cub fans everywhere. There is no doubt that Quade is the wrong person to lead the Cubs. He lacks discipline. caters to the vets & will chastise rookies. He has made too many poor decisions on the field, especially how he handles the pitching staff. His elementary school nicknames & meaningless stupid quotes are sometimes beyond belief. Under no circumstances should he be retained no matter who is in charge. It’s about time that the upper level get the pulse reading on how the fans feel & its 90% or better they want “Q” gone. I doubt any other team would go after him. Quade also went against Hendry’s wishes not playing Colvin. The Cubs are now about youth in the future & “Q” can’t handle that. Most of our wins are against losing teams if you look at past results.

    If Hendry stays, forget having Ryno here. Ryno would have done better than “Q” because he is a Rookies coach. If Hendry is released I think Ryno would be interested. Hendry did not treat Ryno right in the promises & interview process. Ricketts gave Hendry too much power & if Ricketts wanted Ryno he should have over-ruled Jimbo.

    I would like to see Rick Hahn, asst. GM of Kenny williams at the White Sox as GM. Bring in Gillick from the Phillies as President as he is seriously interested. Give Ryno the manager’s job as he knows the young prospects that we wikk have to groom. Give a serious look at Kin Ng as asst. to Gillick & let him train her as next President when Gillick retires. The fans I think would love these changes & would welcome Ricketts with open arms.

    The Cubs Convention could get ugly if Ricketts announces this whole group remains intact for 2012. That would send a signal that they don’t care about winning & a slap in the face to the fans that have supported them over the years. The pulse of the fans is in simple terms…..WE WANT CHANGE”. It’s all in Tomm Ricketts court.

  • Ashley Bolton

    i was very disappointed this weekend when I read Hendry was returning but I will lose all respect for the Ricketts if they bring Q back!!! He has proven to be overwhelmed in many situations and as mentioned has showed he can’t handle the young guys. Colvin and Castro have both been treated wrongly this season.

    I am so afraid that once the Cubs started playing better that Quade would be brought back because he had turned the team around in the 2nd half. I do not want Quade, we need a guy who can handle the job of being a big league manager and also can handle the youth because there are more youngsters coming and if Quade won’t play them the way they need to be played than we need to find someone who will.

    I love that the Cubs are finally winning but it is time to close the book on the Quade time and move on to someone else.

  • Ashley Bolton

    i was very disappointed this weekend when I read Hendry was returning but I will lose all respect for the Ricketts if they bring Q back!!! He has proven to be overwhelmed in many situations and as mentioned has showed he can’t handle the young guys. Colvin and Castro have both been treated wrongly this season.

    I am so afraid that once the Cubs started playing better that Quade would be brought back because he had turned the team around in the 2nd half. I do not want Quade, we need a guy who can handle the job of being a big league manager and also can handle the youth because there are more youngsters coming and if Quade won’t play them the way they need to be played than we need to find someone who will.

    I love that the Cubs are finally winning but it is time to close the book on the Quade time and move on to someone else.