Theo Epstein To Meet With Mike Quade, Can You Say Fired?


The Theo Epstein media blitz is slowly coming to an end. After being officially introduced as the Cubs’ new president of baseball operations yesterday, Epstein went on a tour of local and national media outlets. Epstein echoed many of the same sentiments he touched on during his original press conference, but he also sounded like a man that was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work. One of the first orders of business for Epstein and company will be to decide on a manager for the 2012 season. Current Cubs’ manager Mike Quade has been kept out of the loop for most of the off-season, but that is likely going to change in the coming days.

Before Epstein’s name ever surfaced in the Cubs’ organization, there was question as to whether or not Quade would return in 2012 as the Cubs’ manager. Upon the hiring of Epstein, it seemed more apparent that Quade’s days as Cubs’ manager were coming to a quick conclusion. However, Epstein is a fair and classy man and he will at least give Quade an opportunity to keep his job. Epstein admitted to reporters yesterday that he has “already had a couple of nice phone conversations with Quade”, and the two plan to meet in the coming the week. I would imagine that those conversations were mostly Epstein telling Quade to make sure he has the manager’s office cleaned out by the time he arrived in Chicago from Boston. Ok, may be the conversation did not go exactly like that.

Nonetheless, Epstein plans to compare his vision to Quade’s vision when the two meet face to face within the next week. That is likely what is going to be the final determining factor in Epstein firing Quade. It is no secret that Epstein already is leaning towards replacing Quade, and he has enough class to at least Quade out. But while Quade is explaining his vision, Epstein will probably already be thinking about who is going to fill the manager’s seat once Quade is fired. No offense to Quade, he is a great individual and has been loyal to the Cubs’ organization, the only issue is none of those traits make him a respectable major league manager. Quades lacked the respect from veterans like Ryan Dempster, and Carlos Zambrano and that is something that Epstein emphasized that a manager must have. Not to mention that Quade is seemingly against the notion of having a “steady stream of talent” flowing to major leagues through the farm system.

Once Epstein makes the move official and fires Quade, there will be many eyes on the Cubs president of baseball operations to see who he will bring in as the next manager. It is important to note that Epstein is not looking for a band-aid manager like former general manager Jim Hendry was searching for last season, Epstein is looking for someone that can be the long-term manager of the Cubs. While Ryne Sandberg has been the one to be commonly linked to the Cubs soon-to-be open managerial position, I get the feeling that Sandberg will not be the next manager of the Cubs. While Epstein would not comment on the scenario of Sandberg being manager, he may have dismissed Sandberg as a prospective candidate during his interview with “Mully and Hanley” this morning on 67o The Score. After Sandberg was spotted in Chicago last night, the question came up whether Epstein will look to bring Sandberg back to the organization. Epstein told the co-hosts that whatever Sandberg was doing in Chicago last night, it was in no way related to the Chicago Cubs. Now Epstein’s stance on Sandberg may change once Quade is no longer manager, but that does not mean that Epstein views Sandberg as the Cubs’ next manager.

Nonetheless, soon Cubs fans will be able to say that Mike Quade is no longer the Cubs’ manager. Regardless of who his replacement is, news of Quade’s firing will be music to Cubs’ fans ears.

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  • rienzi7

    @cubsbuzztap We can only hope…

  • rienzi7

    @cubsbuzztap We can only hope…

  • BPaul

    Who would be better than Sandberg? The Chicago media has always had a problem with Sandberg because he didn’t kiss their collective butts like Mark Grace, but he would be a great manager and would command respect. But the Cubs player chemistry is all screwed up right now and will take awhile to get straightened out.

  • BPaul

    Who would be better than Sandberg? The Chicago media has always had a problem with Sandberg because he didn’t kiss their collective butts like Mark Grace, but he would be a great manager and would command respect. But the Cubs player chemistry is all screwed up right now and will take awhile to get straightened out.

  • Luke Blaize

    @BPaul If Sandberg isn’t the manager, he could still get a lot of consideration as a bench coach. Epstein has interviewed him in the past, so there is at least some level of interest there. I still think Sandberg manages the Cubs before he’s done, but this may not quite be the time.

  • Luke Blaize

    @BPaul If Sandberg isn’t the manager, he could still get a lot of consideration as a bench coach. Epstein has interviewed him in the past, so there is at least some level of interest there. I still think Sandberg manages the Cubs before he’s done, but this may not quite be the time.

  • johnbres2

    All of Theo’s comments to date regarding Quade and Sandberg are difficult to interpret. He seemed adamant during the Mully/Hanley show that he was much more interested in talking to Quade than Sandberg. I find it hard to believe that “talking” to Q-ball could really have any impact on Theo. Why would Theo care what Q’s “vision” is, if the guy is not a good manager? I understand that Theo wants to get as much information as he can out of Q–Theo wants to get the lay of the land, and Q will not be communicative on that point if he is already fired. Whereas if they have a nice long talk, Theo will have miliked Q of whatever useful information he has, and then he can tell him that he will get back to him. I think Theo is just keeping his options open and trying to gather information. I don’t think meeting with Q has anything to do with showing respect, in part because just going through the motions could be seen as a sign of disrespect. I think we will be surprised by the managerial choice.

  • johnbres2

    All of Theo’s comments to date regarding Quade and Sandberg are difficult to interpret. He seemed adamant during the Mully/Hanley show that he was much more interested in talking to Quade than Sandberg. I find it hard to believe that “talking” to Q-ball could really have any impact on Theo. Why would Theo care what Q’s “vision” is, if the guy is not a good manager? I understand that Theo wants to get as much information as he can out of Q–Theo wants to get the lay of the land, and Q will not be communicative on that point if he is already fired. Whereas if they have a nice long talk, Theo will have miliked Q of whatever useful information he has, and then he can tell him that he will get back to him. I think Theo is just keeping his options open and trying to gather information. I don’t think meeting with Q has anything to do with showing respect, in part because just going through the motions could be seen as a sign of disrespect. I think we will be surprised by the managerial choice.

  • johnbres2

    @BPaul What do we really know about Sandberg? He has been a very good AAA manager; he is a hall of fame player; he has a strong work ethic; and that he has a rather vanilla–boring–disposition. We also know that exactly zero major league teams have offered him MLB managerial jobs. Do we really know how smart he is? I am not saying Ryno would not be a good choice, but sentiment should have nothing to do with it. Maybe the bench coach idea is a good one.

  • johnbres2

    @BPaul What do we really know about Sandberg? He has been a very good AAA manager; he is a hall of fame player; he has a strong work ethic; and that he has a rather vanilla–boring–disposition. We also know that exactly zero major league teams have offered him MLB managerial jobs. Do we really know how smart he is? I am not saying Ryno would not be a good choice, but sentiment should have nothing to do with it. Maybe the bench coach idea is a good one.

  • BPaul

    @johnbres2 What do we know about Sandberg? Probably more than anybody else being considered. I remember last year people raising all these questions about Sandberg and saying Quade was the right choice. He already has more managerial experience than a bunch of guys who had no managerial experience at all before coming to the bigs. If you’re waiting for him to be hired first by another team, you may not have to wait long, because the Phillies may hire him and then he’d be unavailable potentially for a long time. Boring disposition? How about his speech at the Hall of Fame induction, where he slammed Sosa and the other drug users? Plus, he apparently was thrown out of a bunch of games at Iowa, when he was also named Manager of the Year. The important thing is credibility with major league players. Who would possibly have more credibility with Cub players than a guy whose work ethic was unmatched and who never made mental mistakes while playing.

  • BPaul

    @johnbres2 What do we know about Sandberg? Probably more than anybody else being considered. I remember last year people raising all these questions about Sandberg and saying Quade was the right choice. He already has more managerial experience than a bunch of guys who had no managerial experience at all before coming to the bigs. If you’re waiting for him to be hired first by another team, you may not have to wait long, because the Phillies may hire him and then he’d be unavailable potentially for a long time. Boring disposition? How about his speech at the Hall of Fame induction, where he slammed Sosa and the other drug users? Plus, he apparently was thrown out of a bunch of games at Iowa, when he was also named Manager of the Year. The important thing is credibility with major league players. Who would possibly have more credibility with Cub players than a guy whose work ethic was unmatched and who never made mental mistakes while playing.

  • Ashley Bolton

    Would love to see Bob Brenly get the job with Ryno as his bench coach and then in a few years Ryno could take over. Brenly knows everything there is to know about the Cubs and he is not afraid to tell the players what is thinking or feeling. I love in the booth how he is willing to call players out for lack luster efforts or lack of hustle. Also look what Brenly did in Arizona!! I think Brenly would be an excellent choice and getting Ryno back in the Cubs organization would be a great step forward for Theo!

  • Ashley Bolton

    Would love to see Bob Brenly get the job with Ryno as his bench coach and then in a few years Ryno could take over. Brenly knows everything there is to know about the Cubs and he is not afraid to tell the players what is thinking or feeling. I love in the booth how he is willing to call players out for lack luster efforts or lack of hustle. Also look what Brenly did in Arizona!! I think Brenly would be an excellent choice and getting Ryno back in the Cubs organization would be a great step forward for Theo!