BREAKING: Mike Quade Let Go (UPDATE: And Cardinals (Not Cubs) Ask to Talk to Ryno)

The Chicago Cubs have announced, as expected, manager Mike Quade will not be returning to the team in 2012. More on the legacy of Quade later.

For now, the Cubs – under the leadership of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer – will begin conducting a managerial search (as if it weren’t already under way). This was all to be expected once previous GM Jim Hendry was fired – General Managers (and Presidents) tend to like to hitch their managerial wagon to guys they’ve selected, rather than who happens to be present.

Here’s the official statement from Theo Epstein:

“Jed Hoyer and I had an all-day meeting with Mike last Thursday at Wrigley Field, and Mike and I continued our dialogue with a lengthy phone conversation yesterday after the press conference. Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person that the Cubs have decided not to bring him back as our manager for the 2012 season.

“When I joined the Cubs last week, I knew that Mike had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy, as a tireless worker, and as a first-rate human being. After spending some time with him this past week, it became apparent to me that Mike’s reputation is well deserved. His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately. While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major league staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction.

“The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.

“I want to thank Mike for his nine years of excellent service to the Cubs, and we certainly wish him well in the future.”

On a quick glance, the “must have managerial or coaching experience at the Major League level” requirement seems to rule out a certain Cubs legend. Moreover, Ken Rosenthal just reported that sources tell him the Cardinals have asked for permission to interview Ryne Sandberg for their managerial vacancy. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the crotch? (Not that I’m saying Sandberg is necessarily the man for the Cubs’ job, but…)

As I’ve noted here before in other posts, the names floating around so far for manager are Brewers’ hitting coach Dale Sveum, Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale, Rangers’ pitching coach Mike Maddux, Rays’ bench coach Dave Martinez, and Cubs’ bench coach Pat Listach. There will be many more as things shake out over the next few days.

Here comes the Obsessive New Manager Watch!

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

106 responses to “BREAKING: Mike Quade Let Go (UPDATE: And Cardinals (Not Cubs) Ask to Talk to Ryno)”

  1. Kansas Cubs Fan

    Mike Quade is a top 10 trender on twitter right now!

    1. Jeff

      He was an All Star this year too.

  2. jstraw

    “Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person…”

    To all the people that imagined this could have…or worse, *should have* been handled any other way, I told you so.

    1. die hard

      Cmon….we werent born yesterday…he didnt go to Florida just to see Quade…..he went down there to hang out with the Ricketts at their Florida estate and to play golf and go fishing….If Quade was in North Dakota, at best he would have skyped him….you are all so gullible and looking at Theo with a high school crush…get over it!

  3. Ron

    How bad would it suck to see Sandburg go to the Cards and win a couple world series and develop into a hall of fame type manager.

    All this happening while I am walking in the woods enjoying a beautiful day, damn nature!


  4. Miguel Ramirez

    “and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.”

    So I guess I’m going to be the first to say Theo was wrong for making such a comment. I’m sure that at some point Theo was that guy with no experience and he panned out alright, so why close that door? If this was just an off hand way of letting fans know that Sandberg will not be considered than just tell me. If you can fly down to Florida to tell Q-bert he’s fired then you can just tell me Theo. But who’s to say that Sandbergs stint as a bench coach for the Phill’s during the playoffs may count for “coaching experience at the major league level”. I think it would be a mistake if they didn’t interview Sandberg to find out first hand what type of baseball guy Sandberg is.

    1. Lou

      Actually Theo wasn’t offhanded about anything. Remember that he interviewed Sandberg for the AAA Red Sox managerial gig and he reached out today and personally thanked Sandberg for his interest in the job by telephone.

      1. Miguel Ramirez

        Well I’m still chalking this up as a mistake by Theo and the boys. I was willing to just sit back and see what they do but now I’m a little pissed that they wouldn’t even interview Sandberg for the job. Like if Sandberg isn’t apart of some sort of an elite club that knows a thing or two about baseball. Oh yeah it’s called the Hall of Fame sorry dropped the ball on this one.

        1. Lou

          I suppose, but then, if we’re interested in Hall of Famers…there’s lots from that list. I’d actually wonder how good of a manager Cal Ripken would be in the bigs.

          1. Miguel Ramirez

            Good point Lou I bet Cal would be a great coach, but the queston is out of those HOF’s how many worked or would be willing to work their way up. Sandberg also was manager of the year in 2010 and had two playoff appearance in 5 yrs of coaching. Sandberg should of been interviewed that’s all I’m saying and the fact that Theo and the boys didn’t is a mistake.

            1. hansman1982

              I dont think so, there are a lot of qualified guys out there that fit their mold.  To interview Sandberg and turn him down a second time would be the mistake.  It is still a good chance that he turns into a helluva manager but right now there is 1 team that has asked permission to speak with him about a managerial gig and odds are they are not too serious about hiring him.

        2. hansman1982

          Ya, I guess Tony LaRussa’s, Lou Pinella’s, Joe Torre’s, Jack McKeon’s, Mike Scoccia’s, Ron Gardenhire’s, Joe Maddon’s HoF playing careers made them…oh wait, none of them had HoF playing careers.

          I guess I could also list the HoF players that went on to have HoF managerial careers but I cant think of any off the top of my head.

          1. miggy80

            Good point hansman1982 here is a list of the last 10 managers who won the World Series:

            Tony LaRussa 10yrs MLB experience
            Bruce Bochy 10yrs MLB experience
            Joe Girardi 14yrs MLB experience
            Charlie Manuel 7yrs MLB and foreign experience
            Terry Francona 9yrs MLB experience
            Ozzie Guillen 15yrs MLB experience
            Jack Mckeon very limited minor league experience
            Micke Scioscia 12 yrs MLB experience
            Bob Brently 8 yres MLB experience
            Joe Torrey 18yrs MLB experience

            so what were you saying is only if you were an okay MLB player and not a HOF does your MLB experience pay off?

            1. Jeff

              So, the Cubs need to be looking for a former catcher from looking at that list.  Sandy Alomar???

              1. miggy80

                Maybe it leads us back to Bob Brently

      2. die hard

        stop drinking the kool aid….a deal was worked out that Sandberg wouldnt bad mouth Theo and Cubs…in exchange, Sandberg gets recommendation for his years as Cub minor league mgr…hook line and sinker quit falling for these pr bits…

  5. Katie

    I think Ryno will end up as a bench coach to someone like Francona, who already well-versed in the way Theo does business and is a proven winner. While I love Ryno, he isn’t proven. Yes, he toiled away here in Iowa and I went to many games to cheer him on but he acted like a whiny tittybaby when he didn’t get the nod last year. And he ended up with another AAA job, not managing a big league team . He needs major league seasoning. The best way to get it is sitting next to a proven manager and learn the ropes. No way in hell the Cards hand him the keys. They are just giving us a kick in the shorts.

  6. Zack

    tribune is reporting that Ryno has been eliminated from being a candidate for the job,0,1100346.story

  7. grandjudy

    Ryne or Tito would certainly put asses in the seats…isn’t that the point?

  8. BetterNews

    Again, deadbirds interest in Sandberg as manager makes “no” sense. Why would they replace LaRussa with a minor league manager? Not to take anything away from
    Ryno, as his minor league accomplishments speak fo themselves, but Theo fired
    Quade for not having “big” league skills. I think Ryno takes Cubs offer as a bench coach and works up!

    I think the birds are putting up a “smokescreen” to land Francona!

    1. Lou

      Actually I’ve heard them linked to Maddon, who happens to be a big Cards fan.

    2. Jeff

      It actually makes perfect sense.  The Cardinals, as much as I hate to say it, may be the perfect place for Sandberg if they retain Dave Duncan and their other coaches.


      Any word on Rudy Jaramillo yet?

  9. Zack

    Quade’s minor league manger record
    wins losses adv.
    AAA (8 seasons) 1135 578 557 .509
    A (5 seasons) 684 317 366 .464
    AA (3 seasons) 416 242 174 .582

  10. Cubbies4Life

    I agree that Ryno being a Cubs bench coach would certainly get his foot in the door – if that’s where he wants his foot. And who wouldn’t want to see him in Cubbies blue again!? I missed his leadership in Iowa last season. But, St. Louis?! GAWD, say it isn’t so! Doh! Just read Zack’s comment that he has been eliminated as a candidate for the job. Whewww….!

    1. Miguel Ramirez

      Cubbies4life, we had the opportunity to see Sandberg coach and I can say that he was a real good coach he got the most out of his players and missed the playoffs by one game. This year pretty much the same team wasn’t near .500 Sandberg is a good coach and I cant believe that we sent him down the river without even interviewing him. This is a very poor decission by Theo and the boys.

  11. Cubbies4Life

    Forgot to add – my husband is as happy as a little girl with new lace under panties! He has been whining about Q-ball since August 2010!

  12. Katie

    I attended a speech Ryno gave in Iowa when he managed the I Cubs and got some video of it. I was sitting very close to him. It was a great speech. I’m sure he will be in blue again but not yet. I’m betting Theo has told him he’s part of their plan. He just needs to bide his time.

  13. robert

    Wouldn’t this be crazy. Ryno to St. Louis and Pujols to Chicago? i’ll do it ina heartbeat!

  14. BetterNews

    Yes, that would be crazy Robert! As crazy as your comment.

  15. BD

    Do any of the potential candidates listed have managing experience? Or have they all only been coaches?

  16. Dooglass

    I think Ryno would have needed a really good pitching coach with a lot of success in the big leagues in order to have been successful here as the manager going in to next year. I’m not sure that person is available. Personally I want a manger that can handle pitchers. Mike Maddux and Bob Brenly stick out using that criteria but I am not up on all the managerial candidates and their strengths and weaknesses.

  17. DRock

    As much as I love Ryno, this is probably for the best, he needs experience at the major league level before being thrown into the most stressful job in baseball. 2012 is most likely a rebuilding year & I’d hate to see Cubs fans turn on Sandberg if he has a bad 2012. Get him some experience as a bench coach for a couple years then hire him as manager at some point in the future & let him do what Girardi did for the Yanks w an established winning culture already in place. I could see Ryno managing the Cubbies in 3-5 years.