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Friday, August 19, 2011
Quade's fate to be handled by new GM

By Bruce Levine

Mike Quade
Most new GMs bring in new managers, but there have been successful exceptions to the rule.
The fate of Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade will be determined by the next general manager, and in recent baseball history, there are just a few instances of a new GM taking over a team and retaining the manager.

Two famous exceptions were when Andy MacPhail took over the Twins in 1986 and kept Tom Kelly on as manager. And as the Phillies GM in 2007, Pat Gillick retained incumbent manager Charlie Manuel. In both instances, the teams won World Series in fewer than two years.

Quade was hired as the interim manager on Aug. 22, 2010, replacing the retired Lou Piniella. He went 23-14 through the end of the season, which helped him get a two-year contract in late October to continue as full-time manager.

The Cubs' disappointing 2011 season won't necessarily help Quade's chance of staying with the team. With one of the highest payrolls in baseball, the Cubs have the second-worst record in the NL.

The Cubs owe Quade $1 million through 2012.

The dilemma for the Cubs manager for the rest of the season is whether to run veterans on the field to win as many games as possible or go the player development route when the team promotes youngsters from the minors in September.

The Carlos Zambrano mess aside, Quade has had his share of problems to deal with, including losing two starting pitchers in Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells in the first week of the season. That is something few managers or teams can recover from.

A lack of run production also was a factor in the Cubs' spiral to the bottom of the NL Central.

The pluses for Quade staying oh the job are based on the fact his whole career has been based on player development. As the Cubs continue to go younger, Quade's teaching technique might be considered a plus while he's being considered by the next general manager.

Shortstop Starlin Castro and second baseman Darwin Barney have continued to improve during Quade's time as manager.