Piniella To Step Down After Today’s Game

Cubs manager Lou Piniella has announced that he will step down after today's game, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (via Twitter).  Piniella cited his mother's continued failing health as the reason for his decision, Wittenmyer tweets.

Third base coach Mike Quade will take over as interim manager, tweets Wittenmyer.  Cubs GM Jim Hendry told Wittenmyer (via Twitter) that Quade will be a candidate to fill the position permanently but Cubs bench coach Alan Trammell has been told that he won't be considered for the job.


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chaifetz10
5 years 7 days ago

Good. That team needs a major overhaul. Including management.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 7 days ago

I think Lou has nothing to do with the struggles of the Cubs this season, in fact, he’s been one of the really positive things when you talk about the Cubs. There are a ton of reasons the Cubs have struggled, but for one, the fact that their bullpen consists of Casey Coleman, Justin Berg, Marcos Mateo, Andrew Cashner, and James Russell leading to Marshall and Marmol, has something or two to do with it.

EdinsonPickle
5 years 7 days ago

Definitely man, Lou is a terrific manager through and through and you’re not going to stick around for 23 years managing, winning 1,836 games without being great. This season hasn’t been good for the Cubbies, but it’s not fair to put the blame on Sweet Lou.

Dave_Gershman
5 years 7 days ago

Cheers to a great career Lou. Thanks for everything you’ve done for the game. Sorry that this season wasn’t the way you would have wanted it to go but hope your mother is okay.

Stephen Robinson
5 years 7 days ago

It is a crying shame to see such an incredible manager and player leave the game in this manner. That team truly is in help if someone of Lou’s profile can’t turn them around. God Bless Sweet Lou!

Soxman17
5 years 7 days ago

What a debacle. Good for Quade. He’s a guy that no one has really talked about in this town, yet who certainly deserves a shot. Too bad it’s with this mess of an organization.

5 years 7 days ago

Whoa! It sounds like Lou has had enough.

Diggerjohn111
5 years 7 days ago

Now I can go back to hating the Cubs.

5 years 7 days ago

Why is it Quade and not Trammell?

5 years 7 days ago

Trammell already has 1 100 loss team on his record.

hartvig
5 years 7 days ago

Go check out that team on B-R. There isn’t a manager in the history of the game who could have lead that roster to more than 50 wins. The only troubling aspect of his managerial career is the collapse of the 2005 team in the second half- but when Brandon Inge has the highest WAR on your team & all 4 starters have below league average ERA+ they were probably playing over their heads anyways.

austinhb
5 years 7 days ago

Maybe he just wanted one more series with Bobby

roberty
5 years 7 days ago

Wow, how unexpected. It’s pretty awesome he will manage his last game against Bobby Cox.

Guest
5 years 7 days ago

Very unexpected. What a shame to see a manager and player like this go out this way. He’s had enough, just like everyone else. Why can’t anybody just come out and say that everything about the Cubs front office is a disaster. The Cubs are giving the Mets a run for their money in the embarrassment category. Hendry should be the one to go first…

5 years 7 days ago

I could have sworn that Lou stepped down in early April.

Nathew
5 years 7 days ago

of 2009.

nostocksjustbonds
5 years 7 days ago

Quade is a good candidate, but it’s got to be a complete slap in the face to Trammel that he won’t even be considered.

5 years 7 days ago

Im really gonna miss lou, he was a great manager for us

5 years 7 days ago

Hats off to you Lou, congrats on such an illustrious carreer. Good luck to you, and your family, and hey what a coincidence you manage your last game against Bobby Cox

5 years 7 days ago

Sweet Lou Pinella. Thanks for the more than 3 year roller coaster trip. You will always be remembered as one of the best managers. LOU LOU LOU

5 years 7 days ago

I don’t think this is a slap in the face to Trammel. The Interim coach is just that, he’s not going to be back next year. Trammel I believe will be in consideration for next year when the time comes. He also may not have wanted it being that if the team continues to struggle, there was no way he was coming back next season.

5 years 7 days ago

They probably want Trammell to work more with Castro to prepare him for next season. Bring on Ryne Sandberg!

japlews
5 years 7 days ago

I’d like to see Brenly get another shot at managing in the big leagues, personally… I think it would really be a boost to the organization as well, since he is such a familiar personality to Cubs players, staff, fans…

windycitywarrior
5 years 7 days ago

I don’t think for a hot minute that they are just going to give over a franchise of that stature to Ryne Sandberg without even being a hitting instructor in the big leagues. I would think he would have to be at the very least a bench coach before he got that opportunity. Nothing but love for Ryno but managing in the minors and going straight into the National League Central is whole different pack of cookies. Im gonna just throw a name out there… Bob Brenly.

statnut
5 years 7 days ago

I think the opposite. Sandberg has managed a number of the Cubs’ top prospects (Cashner, Colvin, Castro, Jay Jackson) and I think that familiarity with the teams’ system gives him the edge, especially as that team transitions towards its youth.

windycitywarrior
5 years 7 days ago

I see your point and it is an interesting idea. However I still believe that a manager needs to at the very least be some kind of major league instructor before he takes over as skipper. It seems like its a stepping stone process. I heard that Sandberg said he would not be a bench coach either. That is unfortunate because I think Ricketts is the type of owner thats not gonna buck the system and go the unconventional route. I think he tells Sandberg the job is his BUT he has to put in a tour of duty as a bench coach. Just my opinion.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 7 days ago

Congrats on a great career Lou, you will most definitely go down as one of the legends. And congrats to your mother for living this long, she’s gotta be in her late 80’s at least!!!! You don’t see that too often.

wheresthehawk
5 years 7 days ago

That’s what I’m talking about! Blow it up! Trammell will not be considered for the manager’s position? And Quade is? Maybe Trammell will be considered for the next GM? We still have Ryno, Brenley, and Rothschild too! Ryno or Brenley or Trammell for GM, Ryno, Brenley, Trammell for manager (when Hendry leaves), and J.P. Ricciardi or John Hart for GM!
Thank you Sweet Lou. It’s been a blast watching you throughout the years. The hard-nosed Player and the no BS Manager. Sorry it worked out this way. I hope the best for your Mother.
And finally… HENDRY MUST GO! HENDRY MUST GO! HENDRY MUST GO! HENDRY MUST GO!