9/13 GM: Quade doing "outstanding job"
GM Jim Hendry said Monday that Mike Quade, who took over for Lou Piniella on Aug. 23, is doing an “outstanding job” as manager.
“He’s managing the game well, he’s managing the personnel well, managing the people and the clubhouse well,” Hendry said of Quade, who was the Cubs’ third base coach before being named to replace Piniella for the final six weeks.
“He’s certainly done a very good job,” Hendry said. “I think the guys are playing hard for him. Obviously, we’re playing a lot of young guys and pitching a lot of young guys. Like I told him, I was never hung up on what our record would be. We’re winning our share and getting improvement out of some of the young kids. I give him a lot of credit. I think he’s done a real good job so far.”
The Cubs have gone 11-7 since Quade took over, winning four of the last six series. The team was in fifth place in the National League Central when Piniella retired, returning home to Tampa, Fla., to take care of his ailing mother. The Cubs easily could’ve given up on the season.
“We thought we’d be adding for a potential postseason run and obviously, it was the opposite and when you have that many type of guys expecting to contend or used to contend, it can go south,” Hendry said. “I applaud [Quade] for the work he’s done with the veteran players and not just the kids.”
Quade, obviously, is a candidate for the Cubs job but Hendry also has others to consider, including Triple-A Iowa manager and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. There is no set time frame as to when Hendry will name the 2011 manager except that he’d like him in place by the organizational meetings, which will be in early November.
– Carrie Muskat