Players don’t have the final say in a managerial decision, but when a team is united in a desire to see a particular guy get the job (a guy under whom the team won more than 60% of its games), it can be hard to argue the point. And make no mistake – the Chicago Cubs’ players want interim manager Mike Quade to be the team’s full-time manager.

”I don’t think it’s a secret that everybody in the clubhouse, speaking on behalf of the rest of the team, would like to see Quade get the job,” Hill said.

”He related to everybody. I’ve never seen a manager or a coach get everything out of every single player — veteran guys, rookies, bench players, starters, relievers. He brought it out of everybody. It’ll play itself out, but we’re pulling for him.”

In addition to the personal and communication skills, ”Q does as good a job during the game as any manager I’ve ever had,” Dempster said.

Some seemed surprised by the smooth transition and managing ability, even after having Quade on the coaching staff since 2007 (after 17 years of minor-league managing experience).

”It surprised me,” Soriano said. ”I’ve seen him as a third-base coach and an outfield coach, but never as manager, and he did a very good job. I hope they keep him for next year. But I’m just the left fielder.” CHICAGO SUN-TIMES.

Now, if you asked the players if they’d hate the idea of Ryne Sandberg getting the job, I’m sure they’d toss a million compliments in his direction, too, so there’s a bit of a grain of salt here. Obviously the players can’t say anything negative about Quade, but they aren’t just towing the line – they’re affirmatively sticking their necks out in support of Quade. To me, that says something.

  • Mike

    I think Quade would be a good full-time skipper. But I also think Bob Brenly or Maddux is the best choice for the Cubs, and they’re out.
    We shall see what happens. Ryno, Quade, Girardi and anyone else is going to sit in the hottest seat in the the game. No matter who gets it, they’ll have to deal with the pressure. Maybe that makes Girardi the target? Give him whatever he wants. I said if Brenly or Mad Dog wasn’t going to get it, Girardi should. He’s a smart dude. And if anyone thinks a new manager can get more out of the Cubbies, I’d like to have him try.

  • anonymous1

    If you look for a Manager who understands the Cubs’ bad luck history and the pressure to win, then you would have to find somebody who has played in the so called “Friendly Confines” and knows about the obstacles better than anyone else, then I would think that Ryne Sandberg should the guy to manage the Chicago Cubs in 2011 and beyond.

    • Ace

      Quade probably fits that description, too, having coached with the big team for several years – and having been with the big team more recently than Sandberg. Don’t forget, the Cubs that Sandberg played for – and the attendant fan expectations – were very different than the current iteration.

  • Rowan Campbell

    I think Ryne Sandberg should manage the cubs next year.
    He has proven he can manage he has done a good job in 4 years in the minors.
    He won the pcl manager of the year which is great.
    He understands Cubs history he played for them for 15 years and was on 2 first place teams 1984 and 1989.
    He was also a mvp on the 1984 which had the 2nd best record in the majors.
    He knows what it would take to win.
    He deserves the chance in 2011.
    He has the baseball intelligence to succeed.
    I believe he will.
    As a cubs fan i back him 110%.
    Let’s go cubs