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Mike Quade is the best in Major League Baseball! … at being ejected. He leads the league with seven ejections.

  • It was Carlos Pena’s homer-cum-double that led to Quade’s ejection yesterday. Quade thought Starlin Castro should have been allowed to score from first base. Pena disagreed. “That’s tough,” Pena said. “Even if [Castro] takes off with contact, that’s a pretty clean pick-up and throw back in. [Tony] Campana probably would’ve had a tough time scoring with that low line drive off the wall.” Quade clearly has his players’ support.
  • Nick Cafardo notes the boost of goodwill that would come along with a Ryne Sandberg hiring in the offseason. “After another successful minor league season, Sandberg may have thrust himself into the Cubs managerial picture again. Obviously, with no GM or president of baseball operations in place, it’s difficult to name a manager, but there are Cubs personnel who feel that hiring Sandberg – if and when Mike Quade is let go – would be a major public relations bump for owner Tom Ricketts. Here’s a Hall of Fame player willing to go back to the minors to learn his new job. He has the lunchpail mentality that would be embraced in Chicago, let alone his name and popularity.”
  • Quade on helping his players get to statistical milestones: “[A]ll bets are off if you’re in the hunt [for a playoff spot, but] if I can juggle something or do something for somebody that will give them an opportunity to one of those important spots on the stat sheet then I will do so.”
  • Starlin Castro knows he’s had a good season, but isn’t enjoying it much because the Cubs are so bad.
  • If the Cubs average just over 28,000 for each of their last three home games, the team will pass 3 million in attendance once again. That will make eight straight years.
  • Brian

    Quade has mastered getting players to back him up this year…….

  • Dave

    If I were managing this team, I’d be getting ejected constantly too.  That way I could sit in the clubhouse, turn on the tv and watch a real team play baseball.

  • die hard

    Bottom line…Dempster and other vets lobbied for Quade last year cause knew that
    vets could intimidate Quade as Quade did not have much of a major league career…turned out to be true…wont be true for someone like Sandberg or other long term major leaguer…look at Gibson and Girardi for example…why in the world was Quade hired is a question only Hendry can answer….maybe he was also intimidated by Sandberg…who knows?…but the inmates are running the asylum….

    • Jeff

      That’s it!! He’s afraid of Ryno! That’s the real reason why he has refused to sit Darwin Barney.  He’s afraid Sandberg is going to come in and kick his a** for messing with his boy.  Someone should tell him that Colvin and LeMahieu are both guys that have heavily worked with Sandberg in the minors, maybe it will scare him into playing them more.

  • hansman1982

    I think Sandberg would be a good hire unless someone like Epstein or Cashman come in and bring their current manager with them.

    Sandberg would understand the unique pressures of playing for and managing the Cubs and appears to be good at what he does – the PR boost would be an added benefit.

    • Andrew

      If Epstein or Cashman did come in and bring their manager with them I don’t think there’d be much objection from loyal Cubs’ fans. Both of those guys did play for the Cubs, at least, so they’d know what they’re walking into. I probably wouldn’t past either one of them to have Sandberg as a coach on their staff, which I think Sandberg would be much more open to under them instead of Quade.

  • aubreyblue2

    Sandberg would be a fool to come back to the Cubs. “Sandberg is expected to be invited to join the Phillies’ Major League coaching staff next year. He has already joined the staff for the rest of this season.” He’s finally on his way, and with an excellent organization. And they love him there.
    The Cubs had their chance.
    Yesterday I posted a comment on one of the blogs on the Cubs home page that it was Sandberg’s birthday and suggested a video link that highlighted his Hall of Fame career. And the Cubs home page moderator wouldn’t allow it. I have had with this organization.

  • cubsklm

    First all, is there even a remote chance that Quade will be the manager next year? I think not. We should have a contest to predict the date he is fired. I say October 3rd.

    Secondly, all input on the next manager from the players should be ignored, they don’t let the prisoners choose the warden. They hand pick Quade, what a joke.

    Last, Sandberg should’ve been the Cubs manager this year. He would’ve won 10 more games and played the youngsters in prep for 2012.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      October 7.

      • JulioZuleta

        Worth looking at, BA says 3 Cubs just missed the top 20, need an Insider to find out who.

        http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/rankings/league-top-20-prospects/2011/2612367.html

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Good find, JZ. Hernandez and Amaya definitely deserved inclusion. I’m not an insider, so I could only guess who the other three are (depending on how much time in the AFL was required). Oliver Zapata was pretty great in the AZL before being promoted to Boise. Dustin Geiger? Brian Smith? Just wondering out loud.

          • JulioZuleta

            Zapata has to be one and I was thinking maybe Geiger/Rosario?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Not sure if they included any 2011 draft picks; if they did, Rosario would be a good guess, too.

      • Fishin Phil

        Last game is 9/28/11?  I’m hoping he gets canned on 9/29/11, and then again on 9/30/11 just to make sure it sticks.

        • TWC

          Why wait so long?  I’d like to see him clear his stuff out of the office within an hour of the end of the last game.

          • Fishin Phil

            I was thinking they might give him a plane ride back from San Diego so Ricketts could fire him in person.  But I suppose Ricketts could fly to SD and fire him after the third out.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              *Leaning excitedly over the rail as Heath Bell pitches to Alfonso Soriano with two outs.

              • baseballet

                Tim Gunn walks up to Quade in the dugout and tells him it’s time to go clean out his space.

    • http://Bleachernation Bric

      Yep, letting the players choose the manager is like letting a disobedient child pick his own punishment. Remember all the big talk about Jarimillo from the players? I specifically remember Sori stating how excited he was about it because Jarimillo speaks Spanish.

      Apparently the advice “Don’t swing at a slider in the dirt if you have two strikes on you” doesn’t have much more effect in Spanish than it does in English. But thanks for your opinion, Sori.

  • Jim

    Does anyone know why the regular season is ending on a Wednesday? I would imagine ratings?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      You lost me, Jim – what’s wrong with a Wednesday?

      • Nomar’s Left Glove

        I’m just bummed that it has taken this long to end. Wednesday can’t come soon enough. This year has been ………………………………………… I can’t even think an adequate way to describe this year without a) preaching to the choir about Quade being an effing moron, or b) being editted for content. This season has blown!

      • Jim

        Because it’s the first time, at least that I can remember, the season ended mid-week, Brett. Just seemed odd.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          I guess I haven’t payed very close attention to the end date. I do know that next season ends almost a full week later, which surprised me, as I thought MLB was trying to keep the regular season in September.

  • Deez

    Ricketts has fired him already. He’s just hanging around the rest of the season because (In my Richard Gere Officer & Gentleman’s voice) “he has no where else to go.”

    • TWC

      Quade *might* actually think that Ricketts wasn’t quite serious.  Because he’s an idiot.

  • Moms A Cubs Fan

    I heard somewhere that Sandberg wanted to enforce No Facial Hair and a CURFEW for the Major League players. What are they? Teenagers? Come on Ryno.

    • auggie1955

      The Yankees do that and it seems to work for them.

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