The Chicago Cubs aren’t going to settle on a manager for 2011 for a little while, but interim manager Mike Quade is having success so far – at least in terms of his 4-1 record. And at least one player says Quade’s already won him over.
“You guys asked me if it’s an audition for me,” said Quade, now 4-1 since taking over for Lou Piniella on Monday. “Absolutely. Any time you show up here, it’s an audition. Whether or not you pitch your way into this or that or the other thing is determined by your performance. … Every one of these kids is absolutely auditioning. It’s a great opportunity but you’re being watched and evaluted daily as am I.”[Randy] Wells cast his ballot for Quade for 2011.
“Lou was great and obviously he had some stuff to deal with and Quade stepping in, I think he’s the right guy for the job,” Wells said. “He’s seen a lot of us, we’ve played for him in Triple A [Iowa]. He’s a personable guy. I’m sure he’s auditioning, too.” Muskat Ramblings.
Quade could win out for the rest of the season and the Cubs would still likely take their time deciding on their next manager. But he’s got at least one player on his side already.