It’s probably a good time to focus on interim manager Mike Quade. However, before I do, I have to apologize to anyone who has read a couple of my recent articles. I said that the Bears and Packers are playing Sunday at Soldier Field when in fact it is Monday night. Also, I said the Cubs and Cardinals would play their first game this evening and they are playing right now; the Cubs are losing 7-1.
Carrie Muskat has posted an article at the Chicago Cubs’ Website titled “Quade taking managerial advice in stride.” Muskat reports that Quade has been given a lot of advice via letter, text and e-mail. Rather than be offended, he reads everything. He appreciates the input and says he has even used some ideas, and that has all worked together for a good “end of season run.”
Quade is in the running for the managerial job next year. Ryne Sandberg has already been interviewed but Quade has not as yet had a chance to make his case, although his track record so far has been doing that for him. His current record since taking over for Lou Piniella is 18-9. If I can still do math, that is a .666 winning percentage, although spiritually speaking, that is a scary number.
One of the things that has made Quade’s job easier is not having direct contact with the fans. He is now in the dugout most of the time. When he was coaching third base, if the fans thought he should have sent a runner when he didn’t or vice-versa, then he might have gotten booed.
It was surprising to me to read that Quade said one of the largest and most challenging parts of the job was dealing with the press. As Muskat reports, reporters are direct and there are a lot of them. Piniella apparently warned Qaude about that aspect of the job.
All in all, Quade says he really enjoys managing. Will he get the job for next year? I think that he will as long as the team keeps winning.
If the Cubs were to lose most of their last 10 games, then I don’t know what to expect.
Chicago Cubs’ Website, Carrie Muskat, “Quade taking managerial advice in stride”