11/2 Quade dismissed
Mike Quade will not be back as Cubs manager. Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations, made the announcement Wednesday after traveling to Florida to inform Quade face to face. Epstein and new GM Jed Hoyer met with Quade last Thursday for about seven hours to discuss the 2011 season, which was Quade’s first as manager. The Cubs finished in fifth place at 71-91.
The search for a new manager will begin immediately, Epstein said. Among the people the Cubs were expected to talk to include Dale Sveum and Quade’s bench coach Pat Listach.
“We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success,” Epstein said. “The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.”
Epstein said Quade had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy and tireless worker.
“His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately,” Epstein said. “While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any Major League staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction.”
Quade was the 51st manager in Cubs history. He replaced Lou Piniella on Aug. 23, 2010, and the Cubs went 24-13 for the final six weeks.
– Carrie Muskat