8/20 Quade’s status
With the dismissal of GM Jim Hendry, Cubs manager Mike Quade’s future now is being questioned. Hendry hired Quade and gave him a two-year contract through 2012. Asked about his future on Friday, Quade said he wasn’t thinking about himself.
“This is not a day for me,” Quade said. “It’s the furthest thing from my mind. You work for a guy, he’s a friend. This is a tough day for all of us. But I have no time to concern myself at all with me on a day like this.”
Tuesday will mark the one-year anniversary of when Quade was named Cubs manager, taking over for Lou Piniella in 2010. The team responded well, going 24-13 in the final six weeks.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said the next GM will determine the manager.
“The GM makes the decision,” Ricketts said Friday. “They have to have the freedom to make decisions they are most confident will deliver the results. Obviously, if you don’t do that in any organization, there are no grounds for you to hold them accountable for the outcome.”
– Carrie Muskat