Quade Named Cubs Manager

October 19, 2010

The following report is by Carrie Muskat:

On Tuesday, the Cubs officially promoted Mike Quade to the big leagues. He signed a two-year contract with the team and after 17 seasons and 2,378 games in such towns as Macon, Scranton, Huntsville and Des Moines, he’s now the Cubs manager.

“I don’t know how anybody could’ve done better than he did,” Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez said of Quade after the regular season finale Oct. 3.

“Q” was picked over Ryne Sandberg, which will upset more than a few Cubs fans who wanted the Hall of Fame second baseman back at Wrigley Field and in the dugout. It’s unlikely Sandberg will be on the Cubs coaching staff.

Others considered for the Cubs job included Eric Wedge, who was named manager of the Mariners, and former Diamondbacks and Mariners manager Bob Melvin. This is the third manager to be named by Hendry, who gave Dusty Baker a four-year contract, starting in 2003, and hired Lou Piniella in October 2006.

Quade, 53, took over for Piniella on Aug. 23 and is the fifth Cubs manager to post a .600 or better winning percentage as a mid-season replacement. Whitey Lockman did so 1972 after replacing Leo Durocher, guiding the Cubs to a 39-26 mark. Others to accomplish the feat include Frank Chance in 1905 (55-33); Charlie Grimm in 1932 (37-18); and Gabby Hartnett in 1938 (44-27).


Lou Piniella Wins 1800!

May 16, 2010

Louis Victor Piniella was born August 28, 1943 in Tampa, Florida. As a player, he batted and threw right-handed.  He made his MLB debut September 4, 1964 with the Baltimore Orioles.  He played for the Orioles, Indians, Royals, and Yankees.  He ended his playing days with a .291 AVG, 102 HR’s, and 766 RBI’s.  His accolades include 1972 All-Star selection, 3 World Series Championships, 1969 AL ROY, 2x AL manager of the year, and 2008 NL manager of the year.  He has managed the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Devil Rays, and The Chicago Cubs.

  • Yankees (224-193)
  • Reds (255-231)
  • Mariners (840-711)
  • Devil Rays(200-285)
  • Cubs (281-241) as of May 16, 2010
Rank Name Wins    
1 Connie Mack 3,731    
2 John McGraw 2,763    
3 Tony La Russa 2,552    
4 Bobby Cox 2,413    
5 Joe Torre 2,246    
6 Sparky Anderson 2,194    
7 Bucky Harris 2,157    
8 Joe McCarthy 2,125    
9 Walter Alston 2,040    
10 Leo Durocher 2,009    
11 Casey Stengel 1,905    
12 Gene Mauch 1,902    
13 Bill McKechnie 1,896    
14 Lou Piniella 1,800    
15 Ralph Houk 1,619    

Where’s Sweet Lou

May 9, 2010

It has been a rough road trip for the Cubs this past week.  We were swept by the Pirates at PNC Park and lost two of three to the Reds at Great American Ball Park.  More than once this week and more than once this season, I have felt the Cubs lacked fire and passion.  There were many opportunities where a little spark could have fanned the flame and motivated the team.  Along with many others, I tweeted that Sweet Lou getting tossed from the game seemed to be the very thing the Cubs needed to inspire them.  So, I found a few photos to remind us how Sweet Lou can work his magic and help the Cubs turn things around before it’s too late.  Enjoy

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