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 MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.  Sveum interviewed for the Red Sox manager job today.


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102 Comments on "Cubs Will Have New Manager For 2012"


chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Now there’s a shocker

3 years 9 months ago

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

commenter3346
3 years 9 months 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. 

3 years 9 months ago

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

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

Francona has said that he wants to coach a contender. 

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Guess he’s taking his talents to Houston

3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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

Tyler
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

He’ll get an interview.  Guarantee it.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

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

Tyler
3 years 9 months ago

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

dbreer23
3 years 9 months ago

that part was just posted in the past 5 minutes

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

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

dbreer23
3 years 9 months ago

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

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

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

dbreer23
3 years 9 months ago

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

chico65
3 years 9 months 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.  

3 years 9 months ago

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.

3 years 9 months ago

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
3 years 9 months ago

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

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

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

Bobby P
3 years 9 months 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…

3 years 9 months ago

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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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.

3 years 9 months ago

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

ChiCubs13
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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.

Coollet
3 years 9 months ago

LaCava?

dbreer23
3 years 9 months ago

He’s a GM candidate, but no managerial experience…

3 years 9 months ago

LaCava is GM material, not Manager material.

cubs223425
3 years 9 months ago

He refused to be the BAL GM. I don’t think he’d go from TOR assistant GM to CHC manager.

3 years 9 months ago

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

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

Ten bucks on Sandberg.

3 years 9 months ago

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
3 years 9 months 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.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Hmm, could it be this guy coming?

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

Minus the hair though

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

And the position

cubs223425
3 years 9 months ago

He’s probably as good as anyone else currently on the roster.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Haha, well I know his temper is a bit better than Zambrano’s. 

mistermonkey
3 years 9 months ago

Totally Tito. With Grady Little as bench coach.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Maybe Pedro, Nomar, Ortiz and Manny go too.

3 years 9 months ago

Manny Ramirez should definitely manage.  Albert Belle can be the new hitting coach.

chico65
3 years 9 months ago

I was thinking more like anger management consultant

Ryno1984
3 years 9 months 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.

dbreer23
3 years 9 months ago

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

kwiell
3 years 9 months ago

Dave Martinez’s Blackberry totally just blew up.

RMR
3 years 9 months ago

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

cubs223425
3 years 9 months ago

To surprise us with a great Christmas present!

missyae
3 years 9 months ago

Francona with Ryno as bench coach for now

3 years 9 months ago

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. 

mistermonkey
3 years 9 months ago

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

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

Steve Polheber
3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

wasnt ryne already a major league coach..so no elimination of theo’s requirement

Ryno1984
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

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

yankeefan3
3 years 9 months 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
3 years 9 months ago

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

Ry.the_Stunner
3 years 9 months 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.

3 years 9 months ago

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

3 years 9 months ago

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

downanddirty
3 years 9 months ago

I’m thinking Bobby Valentine.

3 years 9 months ago

Just because Tom Dreeson is from Chicago doesn’t mean we should hire his MLB twin.

missyae
3 years 9 months ago

Jim Riggleman could end up somewhere

3 years 9 months ago

I do not want a second stint with Riggleman.