Cubs Will Have New Manager For 2012

The Cubs announced Mike Quade will not return as their manager in 2012, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  New Cubs president Theo Epstein said the following in a statement:

"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.  I want to thank Mike for his nine years of excellent service to the Cubs, and we certainly wish him well in the future."

The statement seems to rule out Ryne Sandberg as a candidate for the next Cubs' manager.  The Cubs are expected to talk to Dale Sveum, tweets's Carrie Muskat.  Sveum interviewed for the Red Sox manager job today.

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  1. chico65 4 years ago

    Now there’s a shocker

  2. Terry Francona’s phone will be ringing real soon.  He will be the next Cubs manager for Theo.

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      Except the rumors in Boston was that the 2 weren’t on the best of terms towards the end of the year & when asked if he’d ever work for Theo again, Francona didn’t seem like he would. 

      • Theo also said that he would NOT have left the Red Sox if Francona stayed!  Watch and see, he will be there.

        • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

          You’re taking the quote completely out of context.

          He said he left because he felt like it was the perfect opportunity for somebody new to start fresh and that wouldn’t have been the case if Tito was still there. He was going to leave next year regardless.

          • MB923 4 years ago

            Do you think he would have left if the Red Sox lived up to their expectations and at the very worst, at least make it to the WS?

    • Howie Handles 4 years ago

      Francona has said that he wants to coach a contender. 

  3. is terry francona in the running or is epstein not a tito fan

  4. There’s a typo Tim.  It should say: The search for Ryne Sandberg begins immediately.  

    • Tyler 4 years ago

      I think you missed the whole MAJOR LEAGUE COACHING experience, not Minor League

      • He’ll get an interview.  Guarantee it.

        • MB923 4 years ago

          An interview but I’m sure nothing more than that.

        • Tyler 4 years ago

          Anytime someone guarantee’s something it reminds me of the scene on Tommy Boy. haha

      • dbreer23 4 years ago

        that part was just posted in the past 5 minutes

        • chico65 4 years ago

          Umm, no.  The Sveum statement was just added.  Tim didn’t change a quoted statement…

          • dbreer23 4 years ago

            Initially, the entire quote was not posted…only the first sentence, followed by “…”

          • chico65 4 years ago

            That’s funny, considering it was there when I posted the first comment on this thread over 45 minutes ago…

          • dbreer23 4 years ago

            I stand corrected…but I sure don’t remember seeing the entire quote…

          • chico65 4 years ago

            Eh, it happens to the best of us from time to time.  I didn’t mean to bust your balls. They can be a bit sly with the edits to their own material on this site…it’s just that I’ve never known Tim to monkey around with quoted material.  

          • The quote just wasn’t on the original post.  He then added it.  All told the post was updated 4 times (that I saw).  Originally it was just the first 2 lines… then the quote was added… then the bit about that meaning Ryne is likely not being considered… then the part about Sveum was added.

          • You’re actually correct.  When I commented the full quote was not up there.  I posted 1 minute after it went up and it was added a few minutes later.

          • dbreer23 4 years ago

            Great – so I’m not losing ALL of my mind – lol

          • chico65 4 years ago

            Funny how when I commented before you it was, but whatever. The free agent signing period is upon us, hooray!

    • Bobby P 4 years ago

      Doesn’t look like he’ll be strongly considered. The Cardinals, however, have asked permission to interview him.

      I’m not in the “Ryne for manager” sweepstakes, but I certainly do not want him to be the next Cardinals manager. That gives me the shivers…

      • With the childish way he left the Cubs organization, like a big angry baby, I don’t ever want him managing the Cubs without a formal apology.  Hendry had every reason to pick the guy he thought was right at that time, and that has to be respected.

        • Bobby P 4 years ago

          Well, I have no problem with it. But most Cubs fans hate Quade and would probably give a limb for Ryno to manage the Cubs. Personally, I couldn’t care less who the manager is. We have bigger problems. I just don’t like the idea of a Cubs favorite managing the rival team.

          As for the childish way he left, I don’t know about that one. He left to give himself a better chance for a major league job, but yes, it was sort of a “pick me or I’m out of here” ultimatum. I thought that was kind of a weird way to go about things. Why go from AAA Iowa to AAA Iron Pigs? Kind of a lateral move, and he might have even been a MLB bench coach in Chicago, so I do agree with the fact that you do have a good point, sir.

        • cubs223425 4 years ago

          Cry baby way? He was told that if he worked in the minors and did well, he would get a shot to manage. He excelled in the minors and was cast aside for Quade, based on a late-season surge to 5th place.

          Then Sandberg went and did well managing the Iron Pigs and Quade floundered.

          If Sandberg becomes the next Cardinals manager, then the Cubs screwed up something awful.

        • Hendry picked his BoBo, Q-ball, and he was canned today as an affirmation of Hendry’s stupidity.

  5. ChiCubs13 4 years ago

    Quade is a good guy, just not a good manager. Managing the big leagues was just way over his head. Thanks for trying Quade, wish you the best. However, I won’t miss any of this nicknames you gave the players…

    • Howie Handles 4 years ago

      I don’t necessarily agree that he was in over his head. The team was crap, with a few bad apples, to boot. Don’t know if any manager could have won with that pile of $$$$

      • SaintJimmy 4 years ago

        Yeah, I think it’s hard to say what he would have done with a better squad.  In roughly 200 games total, he was only 9 games under as a manager.  I didn’t agree with all of Quade’s moves, but that record is probably about right for the talent he had available.

      • Bobby P 4 years ago

        Don’t tell that to Cubs fans. I tried to bring that up on a Cubs forum and everybody jumped all over me.

        As a Cubs fan myself, I do agree with your assessment completely. People just like to blame someone for the team’s performance last year. The Cubs are currently a bad team. Theo is here to fix it, but he’s not a miracle worker. You have to give him a couple of years.

      • ChiCubs13 4 years ago

        Watching him all year long, I believe he was in over his head. I don’t disagree that the team wasn’t very good. They weren’t very good. However some his decisions that he made makes me question his ability to manage. The constant playing of veterans and letting the young kids rot on the bench. Leaving pitchers in way too long, and I mean way too long, just because they “earned it”. When the pitcher doesn’t have it that day, or is near the end, you pull him.

  6. Coollet 4 years ago


  7. I’m sure everyone will be screaming for Terry Francona.

  8. start_wearing_purple
    start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Ten bucks on Sandberg.

    • Within the next five years, the Chicago Cubs manager will be Greg Maddux. That will instantly vault them to my 2nd favorite team behind the Rangers.

      • cubs223425 4 years ago

        I think a more likely move would be Sanberg as manager and Maddux as pitching coach, something I’ve been dying for since he retired.

  9. MB923 4 years ago

    Hmm, could it be this guy coming?

  10. mistermonkey 4 years ago

    Totally Tito. With Grady Little as bench coach.

  11. Ryno1984 4 years ago

    “he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level”
    That rules out Ryno

    But if the Cubs truly want to continue a relationship with him, they need to put Ryno on the coaching staff so he would be NEXT in line.

  12. dbreer23 4 years ago

    I know Ryno is an obvious choice, but I wonder if Davey Martinez might get an interview.

    • kwiell 4 years ago

      Dave Martinez’s Blackberry totally just blew up.

  13. RMR 4 years ago

    If Sandberg was an option, why in the world would Theo specifically mention major league managerial or coaching experience as a requirement?

    • cubs223425 4 years ago

      To surprise us with a great Christmas present!

  14. missyae 4 years ago

    Francona with Ryno as bench coach for now

    • And the “for now” is the exact reason why Sandberg WON’T be bench coach. Nobody’s going to hire a guy to their staff to replace them. It will be the stupid “backup quarterback” argument every day. 

  15. mistermonkey 4 years ago

    “he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level”

    That couldn’t be much clearer. No Ryne Sandberg.

  16. Steve Polheber 4 years ago

    It does say coaching or managerial experience at the major league level, which could eliminate Ryno from consideration

    • wasnt ryne already a major league no elimination of theo’s requirement

      • Ryno1984 4 years ago

        No, other than minor-league managing, the only other coaching experience he has had was as a spring training instructor — not the same thing.

      • dbreer23 4 years ago

        No MLB coaching yet – has done everything from Spring Training to instructional league to minor leagues, but no MLB coaching experience whatsoever.

      • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

        No. He’s had cups of coffee during Spring Training and I don’t know if he sat on the bench for the Cubs last year but he was on the Phillies bench in September. (I’m not sure what his job title would have been).

      • michael pegarsch 4 years ago

        ryne has never been a major coach i have no idea what you are referring to

  17. yankeefan3 4 years ago

    Crazy thought: Managing the Cubs has supposedly been Joe Girardi’s dream job since he was a kid growing up in Chicago. Could a trade be in the cards, followed by the Yankees signing Francona?

    • commenter3346 4 years ago

      Wasn’t Giardi offered that job last year or 2 years ago & he turned it down or something? 

      • Ry.the_Stunner 4 years ago

        I doubt it, since Lou was under contract for like 4 years and you can’t just “offer” the job to someone who’s under contract with another team.

    • id love for girardi to be traded to the cubbies..they can have epsteins buddy cashman too..epstein likes hanging with cashman..he makes epstein seem better looking and smarter too

  18. Sounds like Jimmy Williams to me.  And the return of Wendell Kim.

  19. downanddirty 4 years ago

    I’m thinking Bobby Valentine.

  20. missyae 4 years ago

    Jim Riggleman could end up somewhere

  21. azdsnd 4 years ago

    It’d be lollerbladingly funny if Francona went to Chicago now.

  22. Ryno1984 4 years ago

    Ken_Rosenthal Ken Rosenthal 
    Sources: #Cardinals have asked permission to interview Ryne Sandberg for managerial opening.

  23. Shawn McCullough 4 years ago

    Years ago the Phillies wouldn’t consider hiring Richie Ashburn has their manager because the GM didn’t want to be the guy who would eventually have to fire him. Is this the same case? I never understood why Quade was hired over him. I think if Sandberg stays in the Phillies system, he will replace Charlie Manuel as manager, when the time comes.

    • Phillies_Aces35 4 years ago

      I want someone to hire Mackannin so that Ryno becomes the bench coach.

  24. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    What happened to Francona to the Cards?

  25. missyae 4 years ago

    Bobby V. could be a fit for Theo in Chicago, he wasnt in Boston

  26. No you can’t have Charlie Manual’s replacement so bugger off

  27. Neil Tatro 4 years ago

    Bob Brenley. Id put money on it.. he knows the cubs players better than anyone and hes won a world series managing

    • Howie Handles 4 years ago

      I wouldn’t be opposed to that, but that would kind of blow. I like him as a broadcaster. Somehow I feel Theo is going to grab someone with Red Sox roots for his first manager. Sveum, Hale, etc. I can’t see it being Francona. He’s spoiled, and would probably want a team closer to winning. 

      • Neil Tatro 4 years ago

        Agreed, i love Brenley in the booth as well. He just seems so knowledgable of the team

  28. Vossome93 4 years ago

    That’s too bad. Quade sucked.

    • chico65 4 years ago

      He’s now free to return the atmosphere to Mars

  29. WrigleyTerror37 4 years ago

    Ryno!!! for the love of god dont let him go this time! especially to St.Louis!!!!

    Fool me once shame on me
    fool me twice shame on you…..(points finger at rickets…)

  30. michael pegarsch 4 years ago

    What about Brenly? It won’t be Ryne, because he has no big league experience. And it won’t be Tito, because I’m sure he wants a contending team to manage.

  31. mattwilson1 4 years ago

    Are you kidding me??!! They won’t hire Sandberg, but they’ll hire Sveum or Listach or somebody like that?? Sandberg fits for so many reasons: Cubs icon, has experience in their minor league system, is young enough to possibly be around for a long time, etc. On top of that, you’re not only going to shoot him down for a second time to become manager, but then let him walk to your biggest rival in the Cardinals? What happened to “building from within and for long term success”? What a joke.

  32. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    If they’re really ruling out Sandberg… What an insult to him. Ryne Sandberg remained committed to the organization even after retiring and managed for their minor league teams, then they insulted him by giving Lou’s job to Quade. They keep insulting him by not considering him.

    With executives like that, who needs curses?

  33. crashcameron 4 years ago

    suddenly everybody wants to trade for or trade GMs and managers!

    • bomberj11 4 years ago

      It’s the new “thing”, that’s what’s trending right now.

  34. touchmymonkey 4 years ago

    Sveum? if we want old brewers get Phil Garner.. I wouldn’t mind Bowa, Brenly or even giving trammell a shot

  35. TankCubs 4 years ago

    Not hiring Sandberg is the best thing Theo can do. The meatheads can go and pout in the corner if they don’t like it.

  36. Robert George 4 years ago

    Sandberg was already called by Theo and told he is not going to even be interviewed for the job, so I think we can put this to rest now.  Hopefully, he would consider a job as the bench coach under the next manager, but that would be entirely up to Sandberg and whoever gets the manager job.

  37. Robert George 4 years ago

    By the way, the thought of Dave Martinez really disgusts me.  Not only would Ryno be passed up…again, but then to hire a guy who banged Ryno’s wife and sent him to early retirement?  There would be no bigger slap in the face.  He would never return to Chicago, even if they offered him the Manager, GM, President, and majority ownership the next year.  Dave Martinez has proven that dipping his wick is more important than team, city, family, or friends.  He is a worthless human being.  Might as well hire Raphael Palmiero as bench coach while they are at it.  I’m sure there were a couple of other players nailing that slut Cindy Sandberg.  Let’s find them and hire them, too!  I really hope Martinez is not a part of the team.  Ever.

  38. Robert George 4 years ago

    I was not calling for Ryno as manager last year.  I thought one or two more years in the minors would be fine and we could hopefully hire him after Quade, if Quade didn’t work out.  However, now is the time.  He is the best candidate out there and has proven himself in two organizations and at every level of the minors.  A bench coach in the majors learns much less about managing that a minor league manager I would think.  His time has come-well it should have come.  I don’t think we will be seeing the Great Ryne Sandberg around Wrigley for a long time-if ever again.  Sad, sad day.

  39. gr8testsoxfan 4 years ago

    How about Sandy Alomar Jr.

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