11/30 More from Boca Chica, D.R.
Alfonso Soriano says he’s happy Mike Quade will continue to manage the Cubs. Quade was the outfield coach before he was promoted in August.
“It’s very exciting,” Soriano said Monday at the Cubs’ academy in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. “What he showed the last two months of the season was great. I’ve known him as the outfielders coach, and what he showed me the last two months [as manager] showed me he’s a smart guy. I think he’ll do a very good job and I’m very excited and happy for him.”
Soriano has been working out with a personal trainer and will be a regular at the academy in January when he starts adding baseball-related activities to his workouts at the academy. He and Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez got together to order new exercise equipment for the small workout room at the facility.
“I have to keep working,” Soriano said of his offseason training. “I’ve been working on my knee and my hamstring now but in January, I’ll work with the trainer and do more work with my legs.”
He’s just as curious as other Cubs fans to see who will be playing first base for the team in 2011. Could Soriano move there from left field?
“I never played first base, so I don’t think so,” Soriano said, laughing.
— Carrie Muskat