7/6 Q: “I’m hardest on Mike Quade”
Being a big league manager means you’re going to be second guessed, and the way Mike Quade has handled Cubs’ pitching has been questioned by fans.
“I don’t know what the heat is, or what the [fan] conversation is,” Quade said Tuesday. “You do everything you can to try and keep us close, or keep us in games. We’ve had a lot of those the last week or two, where it’s a tie game in the seventh or eighth. “To be honest, I’ve been real happy … with the way this bullpen has been managed. I don’t think we’ve hurt anybody. I don’t think we’ve asked too much of anybody.”
On Monday, Jayson Werth stole third on Carlos Marmol’s first pitch in the 10th. Quade said he told Marmol to “go get these two guys,” meaning the hitters. Marmol ignored Werth. The winning run scored on a wild pitch.
“[Marmol] was probably was so geared to the hitter that Werth was not anywhere on his mind at all,” Quade said.
Quade is tough on himself.
“I’m the hardest guy on Mike Quade in the world,” he said. “I would rather explain myself, if need be, than to just sit back [and say], ‘Well, I don’t talk about this, this is what I do.’ I’m not that arrogant. If I don’t have a reason for doing something when you ask me a question, then I’m in trouble.
“I’ve been doing this for awhile, and so I’m proud of quite a bit of what I do,” he said. “If people don’t like or don’t know about it, then ask. That’s OK. We can talk for hours.”
— Carrie Muskat