Cubs Theo Epstein, Begins The Turnaround, Fires Quade
New Cubs President Theo Epstein is not messing around. He runs a tight ship, much like a good CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Wednesday, in his first major on-field move since becoming the team’s president of baseball operations, Epstein fired Cubs manager Mike Quade.
If you are anything like the rest of the nation you are probably asking yourself, ” Who is Mike Quade?”, so don’t feel embarrassed. Before being hired o replace Lou Pinella, Quade was a life long minor league manager and has had a heck of a career down there, but he failed to make a real impact in the big leagues, clearly.
Epstein, who joined the Cubs a week ago, has laid out very detailed qualifications for the team’s next manager. Oddly enough (sarcasm), one of those qualifications is actual big league coaching or managing experience, which , by default, eliminates fan favorite Ryne Sandberg.
Just like a new CEO of a major corporation, Epstein is cleaning house. Though he did fire Quade, he made sure he did it in person by traveling to Florida. Epstein called Quade an “outstanding baseball guy” but said it was time for a change. Epstein also spoke with Sandberg on Wednesday and let him know that he wasn’t in the Cubs’ plans.
And just like a good CEO with a proven track record, Epstein is looking to bring his team along with him by naming Terry Francona, Epstein’s manager in Boston, a possible target for hire as Cubs manager. Another name that’s been mentioned is Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who once played for the Cubs.
The Cubs are also likely saying goodbye to third baseman Aramis Ramirez. After the team exercised its part of a $16 million mutual option, Ramirez declined and became a free agent, because he is looking for a multiyear deal. Ramirez will be missed dearly in the Windy City.