Former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was involved in a serious car accident in Florida this weekend, but escaped serious injury.
Former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade was involved in a serious multi-car accident in Florida Saturday, but managed to escape serious injury – something even he can’t believe.
"“I remember it was the most godawful sound I ever heard,” Quade told the Star-Tribune. “The [air]bags exploded, all that. I’m still shook up. We can’t believe we’re not dead.”"
According to reports, a vehicle traveling at nearly 50 mph rammed into Quade’s SUV. His vehicle was totaled and at least four others sustained damage. The collision set off a ‘chain reaction,’ per the Star-Tribune, but no one suffered serious injuries in the incident.
Quade, who is now the Triple-A manager for the Minnesota Twins organization received some notable help following the accident. Several Twins’ rookie-level players rushed to the vehicle to make sure Quade and his girlfriend were okay.
"“The kids did one hell of a job. They handled themselves so well, kept their heads, were so helpful,” Quade said. “They could not have been better. We’re as lucky as you can be.”"
Quade took over for Lou Piniella late in the 2010 season. After the latter stepped down unexpectedly, the organization tapped Quade to take the helm. Finishing the season on a 24-11 run, the Cubs gave him a two-year contract to manage the club.
However, after finished with 104 losses in 2011, Theo Epstein fired Quade. Since departing Chicago, Quade served as an instructor with the New York Yankees before joining the Twins’ affiliate as manager in 2015.