10/19 The Q factor
On Tuesday, the Cubs officially promoted Mike Quade to the big leagues. He signed a two-year contract with the team and after 17 seasons and 2,378 games in such towns as Macon, Scranton, Huntsville and Des Moines, he’s now the Cubs manager.
“I don’t know how anybody could’ve done better than he did,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said of Quade after the regular season finale Oct. 3.
“Q” was picked over Ryne Sandberg, which will upset more than a few Cubs fans who wanted the Hall of Fame second baseman back at Wrigley Field and in the dugout. It’s unlikely Sandberg will be on the Cubs coaching staff.
Others considered for the Cubs job included Eric Wedge, who was named manager of the Mariners, and former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin. This is the third manager to be named by Hendry, who gave Dusty Baker a four-year contract, starting in 2003, and hired Lou Piniella in October 2006.
Quade, 53, took over for Piniella on Aug. 23 and is the fifth Cubs manager to post a .600 or better winning percentage as a mid-season replacement. Whitey Lockman did so 1972 after replacing Leo Durocher, guiding the Cubs to a 39-26 mark. Others to accomplish the feat include Frank Chance in 1905 (55-33); Charlie Grimm in 1932 (37-18); and Gabby Hartnett in 1938 (44-27).
– Carrie Muskat