Mike Quade Will Not Return

Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein released a statement today announcing that Mike Quade will not be returning to manage the team in 2012.

According to Epstein:

Jed Hoyer and I had an all-day meeting with Mike last Thursday at Wrigley Field, and Mike and I continued our dialogue with a lengthy phone conversation yesterday after the press conference. Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person that the Cubs have decided not to bring him back as our manager for the 2012 season.

I like how The Batting Stance Guy sums up the news:

Quade has a reputation for not being the sharpest baseball spike on the pair of cleats, but a quick look at some of the numbers that managers have direct control over reveals an above average bullpen, an average amount of intentional walks given up, an average amount of sacrifice hits, and the second fewest amount of caught stealings in the league.

Quade still had another year on his contract, but it sounds as though he won’t be brought back to the organization in another capacity, with Epstein thanking him for his service and wishing him well in the future. The move is the first of the new regime which includes Epstein, Hoyer and Jason McLeod, and it makes sense given that new management often wants their guys making the decisions.

As for Quade’s replacement, in the press release, Epstein is quoted as saying:

The managerial search process begins immediately. We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. 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.

Whoa. That really narrows it down. Well, at least it certainly excludes Ryne Sandberg from consideration. Interestingly enough, the former Cubs second baseman will be speaking with the St. Louis Cardinals about their managerial opening after being granted permission by the Philadelphia Phillies, whose Triple A team he currently manages.

If the Cardinals can resign Albert Pujols and hire Sandberg, I wonder how the first baseman will respond to playing for a manager that’s younger than him.