Chicago Cubs Hire Mike Quade as Manager

Okay, I’ll admit Mike Quade is not “classically handsome”.

Mike Quade Hired as Chicago Cubs Manager

And so it finally happened. After 17 season as a minor league manager, five seasons as an MLB coach and almost four seasons as the Cubs third base coach, Chicago area native Mike Quade finally received his first chance to be a big league manager.  On October 19, 2010 Mke Quade was named manager of the Chicago Cubs.

Mike Quade being named the Cubs manager was a surprise to many. From the day that Lou Pinella announced his retirement, Cubs fans everywhere (delusional and otherwise) wondered…..

Who would the new manager of the Chicago Cubs be?

Would it by Chicago Cubs Legend and  Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg? Would it be Bob Brenly? Would it be Joe Girardi?  Would it be Eric Wedge? Could it be Joe Torre? Could it be Fredi Ramirez? Could it possibly even be Tony LaRussa?  How about interim manager Mike Quade, does he have a chance at the job?

And oh yeah, will the next manager by RYNE FREAKING SANDBERG?!

You know, Chicago Cubs Legend and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

The guy with the flag over right field in Wrigley. (photo by rpongsaj)

He’s kind of a big deal around here.

So Sandberg is the new manager right? The fans want it. The media wants it. Ryne Sandberg, who has been managing for four seasons in the Cubs minor league season wants it and says so in chance he gets. Hiring Sandberg gives the fans something to feel good about. Sandberg jerseys will fly off the shelves and tickets will sell. They have to give it to Ryno, don’t they?

But it didn’t happen that way. In the end, Ryne Sandbergs hall of fame credentials and good will with the fans did not win him the job.

Instead, for the first time in recent memory the Chicago Cubs didn’t hire the celebrity manager. They went with the guy who worked his way up slowly, winning the respect of players and management every step of the way. They hired the guy who righted the Cubs quickly sinking ship and led them to a 24-13 record down the stretch.

The Cubs hired a great guy. Unfortunately for Mike Quade though, he’s going to have to win in order to shake the perception of being “Not Sandberg” to many Cubs fans.

The Delusional Cubs Fan though knows the Cubs made the right decision. Mike Quade is a baseball LIFER. You can hear it when he talks that Quade is a guy that lives baseball. And after so many years of fighting for a chance to manage in the major leagues, he finally gets it.

Congratulations Mike Quade!


Mike Quade Hired as Chicago Cubs Manager

Mike Quade Press Conference October 19, 2010

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