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9/29 Underdog

After Tuesday’s game, Ryan Dempster endorsed Mike Quade and the job he’s done since taking over the Cubs on Aug. 23. Quade appreciated that.

“As long as my relationship with [the players] is good, and I think it is, then I stick to that and do what I have to do,” he said. “To get support from people is better than to not get support. I’m glad they’re happy with the way we’re doing things and the way things are going. Hopefully, they’ll be productive and happy for the next five days.”

The Cubs do have a 21-11 record since Quade took the helm. Winning helps.

“If we hadn’t been winning during this time, who knows what the comments would’ve been,” Quade said. “No matter what the situation, winning baseball games takes care of a lot of stuff. Things are never perfect, even when you’re winning, but it does make for a lot better environment.”

Usually teams continue to struggle when there is a managerial change.

“Every situation is different from a talent standpoint, from a division standpoint,” Quade said. “I got an opportunity to come in and do things the way I like and [GM Jim Hendry] gave me free reins and said, ‘Take this shot and go do it.’ Nothing has gotten in the way of me being able to do that. The results have been good and I’m thrilled.”

However, Hendry has interviewed Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and there is talk that he’ll also interview Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Quade appears to be the underdog.

“I always like the underdog,” Quade said. “You guys can handicap the thing. I’m proud of the job we’ve done and the way these guys have finished. We’re not finished yet. Let’s hope we finish the next five games well. People who make the decisions will make the decision.

“When it comes to underdogs and handicapping,” he said, “I’ll stick to horses.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/23 Hendry meets with Ryno

Cubs GM Jim Hendry met with Ryne Sandberg Tuesday and Wednesday in Arizona to discuss the Cubs’ manager vacancy.

“The process is continuing the way I said it would,” Hendry said Thursday.

Sandberg is the second person to be formally interviewed for the Cubs job. Hendry also has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and was expected to interview Pat Listach and former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu, among others.

Sandberg may be a popular candidate for other teams also looking for a manager. The former Cubs second baseman was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year this season after guiding the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record. However, teams must contact the Cubs first to get permission to interview Sandberg, and so far, no team has requested that.

Since Lou Piniella retired, Mike Quade has taken over and led the Cubs to an 18-8 record. Quade also is a candidate for 2011.

“I’m very pleased with how he’s run the club and handled himself,” Hendry said of Quade. “The players are playing hard for him. It’s a really positive environment going on in our locker room and it’s a very solid blend of using the veterans properly and getting the kids the development we need to see toward the end of the season. It’s very positive. He’s doing an outstanding job.”

Hendry said he can see players fighting for jobs next season and also sees a lot of confidence.

“I see nothing but positives,” he said. “Let’s not forget, we traded quite a few players and now we’ve got a couple significant guys injured and we’re not playing any different and Mike hasn’t skipped a beat and given everybody a fair chance to earn their stripes.

“Hopefully we can finish it off and continue to get out of the development part of it and the knowledge that [assistant GM] Randy Bush and I need going into the offseason. So far, [Quade] has done an outstanding job.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/22 Interview process

The Cubs are 18-8 since Mike Quade took over as manager following Wednesday’s win over the Giants. Cubs GM Jim Hendry was in Arizona this week to interview Ryne Sandberg for the manager’s job. Quade also is a candidate.

“I think he’s doing a pretty good job,” Cubs catcher Koyie Hill said of Quade. “If he doesn’t get [the job] — and it’s not the players’ choice — I feel like he’s giving it a pretty good effort. The guys in the clubhouse enjoy playing for him. We just play. When it comes down to it, we’re just fortunate to play for anybody.”

It’s been fun for the Cubs to come to the ballpark lately.

“It could be miserable,” Hill said. “Guys have showed a lot of class and a lot of heart and it’s been fun to come to the ballpark in the last six weeks.”

The Cubs have had a lot of roster turnover since Opening Day following trades, injuries. It’s a happy clubhouse.

“Veteran guys don’t always enjoy young guys coming up and getting in the way of their routines and things like that,” Hill said, “but this time, [the kids] have brought a lot of energy. It’s fun to sit back, like the last game we had in Miami [Sunday] to watch the guys and their enthusiasm. It’s fun to see guys run balls out and chase foul balls. It’s a good little pick me up. I think everybody is feeling good about the way we’re going about our business. It’s that something we were looking for earlier. We all thought as soon as we won a couple games, we’d get rolling and it just happened that way at the end of August and in September.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/21 Hendry talks to Sandberg

Cubs GM Jim Hendry was in Arizona on Tuesday to interview Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who
wrapped up his fourth year as a Minor League manager. Sandberg won Pacific Coast League manager of the year honors this year as the Triple-A Iowa Cubs finished tied for first with
an 82-62 record. Sandberg has made it clear he’s interested in the Cubs job.

Hendry has talked to former Indians manager Eric Wedge and also was expected to interview former D-backs manager Bob Melvin. Since Mike Quade took over the Cubs on Aug. 23, the team has gone 17-7 entering Tuesday’s game against the Giants. Quade also is a candidate for the job.

— Carrie Muskat

9/21 Minor matters wrap

The Cubs’ Minor League affiliates combined to post a 374-316 record this season. The .542 winning percentage ranked second among Major League teams behind the Cardinals (.569). It’s the first time the Cubs’ affiliates have totaled 374 wins since winning 379 in 1995.

* Triple-A Iowa finished 82-62 and tied for first place in the PCL Northern Division. The I-Cubs were 39-33 at home and 43-29 on the road. Darwin Barney and Brad Snyder were named to the 2010 All PCL team and Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg was named PCL manager of the year.

* Double-A Tennessee went 42-27 in the first half and 44-26 in the second half to finish 86-53, the best record in franchise history. The Smokies lost in four games to Jacksonville in the Southern League championship series. Robinson Chirinos, Tony Campana and Brandon Guyer were named to the postseason SL all-star team. Smokies manager Bill Dancy was named SL manager of the year.

* Class A Daytona finished 75-64 overall, including a 41-28 record in the second half. The Cubs led the Florida State League in hits (1,236) and innings pitched (1,234 2/3). Michael Brenly, Rebel Ridling and DJ LeMahieu were named to the FSL postseason all-star team.

* Class A Peoria finished 71-66, beginning the year with a team record 11 straight wins. Justin Bour’s 87 RBIs ranked second in the league.

* Class A Boise finished 34-42. Alvaro Ramirez and Pierre LePage were named to the Northwest League all-star team. LePage was a unanimous selection.

* Mesa went 26-29, and became the first team in the rookie league to shutout an opponent when they did so June 24 vs. the Angels.

2010 Organizational Leaders

Batting average: .345, Pierre LePage, Boise
Home runs: 25, Bryan LaHair & Brad Snyder, Iowa
RBI: 106: Snyder
Stolen bases: 48, Tony Campana, Tennessee

ERA: 2.34, Chris Archer, Tennessee
Wins: 15, Archer
Saves: 14, Luke Sommer, Tennessee
Strikeouts: 149, Archer

— Carrie Muskat

9/8 No set time for manager interviews

Cubs officials Wednesday denied a report that GM Jim Hendry was to interview Ryne Sandberg within 10 days to discuss the team’s manager position. Sandberg was named the Pacific Coast League manager of the year after leading Triple-A Iowa to an 82-62 record. Sandberg is a candidate for the job but officials say there is no schedule for the interview process.

— Carrie Muskat

9/7 Minor matters

Jason Dubois hit two homers and Jay Jackson gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost to Memphis, 7-6, on Monday. Both Iowa and Memphis finished tied for the PCL’s best record at 82-62 but the Redbirds earned the playoff berth because they had a better record against Northern Division foes than Iowa did (Memphis 24-24; Iowa 20-28). The first tiebreaker is head to head, and Iowa and Memphis split their 16 games this season.

“It’s heartbreaking not to be going to the playoffs,” said Dubois, who was named the PCL Player of the Week on Tuesday. He hit .529 with four doubles, a triple, six home runs and 18 RBIs. In 72 games with Iowa, Dubois batted .300.

The Iowa Cubs held or shared the division lead for the final 50 days of the season. Manager Ryne Sandberg was asked if he’ll be back next season with the Triple-A team.

“I’m not sure what happens next year,” Sandberg said. “But I’ll tell you this, I’ve had a good experience here and it’s been a fun summer for me.”

* Iowa infielder Marquez Smith was named Topps Player of the Month for August.  During the month, Smith played in 27 games and hit .363 (37-for-102). He drove in 28 runs, had seven doubles, 12 home runs and one stolen base. His .363 average was 10th-best in the PCL.

* Craig Muschko gave up one run on five hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 3-2 win over Carolina in the regular season finale. The win gave the Smokies the best record in franchise history at 86-53. Tennessee will begin the North Division Championship Series on Thursday against West Tenn. Brandon Guyer homered Monday and Brett Jackson had two hits.

* Daytona’s season ended Sept. 5 at 75-64 overall, including a 41-28 record in the second half.

* Robinson Lopez threw three scoreless inings in Peoria’s 9-4 win over Quad Cities in the regular season finale. Yohan Gonzalez picked up the win in relief.

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Iowa Cubs FINAL

Allen Craig hit a RBI single with one out in the 15th inning off Jeff Gray to lift Memphis to an 8-7 win over the Iowa Cubs on Sunday. Iowa starter Jeff Gray gave up seven runs on eight hits over six innings, including four runs in the first. The loss was Gray’s first this season. Jason Dubois, Matt Camp and Bryan LaHair each had two RBIs. Iowa faces a must-win game Monday vs. Memphis to get to the playoffs. Both Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg and Memphis’ skipper were ejected in Sunday’s game.

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Development vs. winning

Cubs manager Mike Quade has 17 seasons and more than 2,300 games as a manager at the Minor League level. He likes the idea of emphasizing not only player development in the Minors but also winning.

“There’s always the fallback position that we’re here for development and development first,” Quade said Sunday. “I would argue, let’s go 51-49 on the percentages, 51 [percent] development, 49 [percent] winning, just because it’s very difficult to develop winning players day in and day out when you’re losing. I don’t know if that’s an oxymoron or whatever. You develop like a son of a gun but that development also involves teaching people how to win and hopefully winning. Does it happen every year? Does it happen at every level? No, but more is better.”

How hard is it to manage at Triple-A when rosters are changing constantly because of the big league team’s needs?

“Ryno’s finding out,” Quade said of Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg. “It is arguably the toughest level. I remember getting fired in Philadelphia after two years of Triple-A and going back to Grand Rapids and [Class A] ball with Oakland. The farm director said, ‘You’re going to find this the most refreshing thing’ and he was dead right and I had a blast. Triple-A is tough. If you’re a fan at Triple-A you can’t get too fond of people. You know you’re going to get the call on a Tuesday that a starter is going up to Chicago.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Ryno tossed in 1st

Sunday is a big game for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, who can clinch a playoff spot with a win over Memphis. Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg will have to watch from his office. He was ejected in the first inning after an argument with third base umpire Barry Larson after Marquez Smith struck out. Memphis scored four runs in the first against Iowa starter Jeff Samardzija.

— Carrie Muskat