Chicago Cubs: Lou Piniella

Piniella sympathizes with Quade

October, 31, 2011
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By ESPNChicago.com
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As Mike Quade awaits word on his fate as Chicago Cubs manager, his former boss sympathizes with his difficult position and hopes the new front office gives him a chance to return.

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Piniella: Cubs have right owners in Ricketts

May, 2, 2011
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By ESPNChicago.com
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Lou Piniella worked for three ownership groups during his tenure in Chicago, but the former Cubs manager believes the team now has the right leadership in place.

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Millar: Lou's disorganization affected Cubs

April, 4, 2011
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MLB Network analyst Kevin Millar, who was one of the Chicago Cubs' last cuts heading into the 2009 season, said Monday that there was something lacking in Lou Piniella's managing style last year.

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Hands-on approach suits Quade

February, 27, 2011
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Kyle Terada/US PresswireMike Quade is an energetic teacher on the baseball field.
MESA, Ariz. -- Everyone seems to want to know how Camp Quade differs from Camp Piniella.

"I think we're running the same fundamentals," Cubs manager Mike Quade said Sunday. "Lou may have a play or two like most managers. They all have a pet play. On a wheel play he might have emphasis here where I may have emphasis elsewhere. So there may be some subtle differences, but if you look at the schedule it's pretty much the same."

Quade emphasized the main difference between managers is how they spend their time between practice.

"It's just about how a veteran manager goes about his day versus a young guy who wants to be a veteran manager goes about his," Quade said. "Our personalities were different but there is no question our goals were the same. I just go about it the way I do."

For Quade, that means a lot more interaction in running and fielding drills than his predecessor. Quade trusts his coaches, but being a teacher and instructor by nature, Quade does a lot more troubleshooting rather than watching practice.

Quade will also begin working a bench coach for the first time in his managing career (minor league managers do not have bench coaches). Quade and his new bench coach, Pat Listach, worked in the minors together at Triple-A Iowa when Quade was a manager and Listach was batting instructor.

"Hopefully our familiarity with each other from Iowa will go a long way in helping [them get in sync]," Quade said. "He's done a great job running camp, and we've always gotten along well and probably more important than anything is he will tell me what he thinks."

Quade has admitted that his nervous energy drives him to talk quite a bit during games, and he's always seeking information from his coaches.

"I like a running conversation. I've watched and worked for a lot of different guys who do it differently, but I do bounce around and I want to keep [coaches] involved," Quade said. "It does help me relax when the game starts. Being even keel and paying attention is huge for me to relax."

  • Quade said he will not post lineups three days in advance during the regular season like he hopes to do during spring training.
  • Piniella will scout AL clubs

    February, 5, 2011
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    By ESPNChicago.com
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    Former Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella told ESPN 1000's "Talking Baseball" on Saturday that he is excited to stay involved in baseball in his new position as adviser with the San Francisco Giants.

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    Report: Piniella takes job with Giants

    February, 2, 2011
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    By ESPNChicago.com
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    Lou Piniella stepped away from managing last summer, but it looks like he's not leaving baseball completely.

    The former Chicago Cubs skipper has agreed to join the San Francisco Giants front office as a special adviser, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday.

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    Piniella: Cubs in good hands with Ricketts

    December, 7, 2010
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    Levine By Bruce Levine
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    AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhLou Piniella waves to the Wrigley Field crowd Sunday before his last game as Cubs manager.
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Former Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was honored along with retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston and Bobby Cox in a reception to honor the iconic managers held by Commissioner Bud Selig on Tuesday.

    I asked Piniella what the Cubs ownership group must do to field a championship team.

    "First of all they are good people," Piniella said of the Cubs owners, the Ricketts family. "They want what's best for the Chicago Cubs. They are learning baseball. It's not an easy game. They've got good people in the front office. They have a good staff on the field. The farm system, I think we had some good young players coming. You give them some time, and the fact that they want to win. They will bring a winner to Chicago in a short period on time."

    Piniella also had some nice things to say about his replacement, Mike Quade, who took over the Cubs on Aug. 23 after Piniella retired and led the team to a 24-13 record.

    "They're going younger," Piniella said. "Dealing with the younger players are some of his strengths. He knows that situation because he has been there the past four years, plus he managed in the Cubs system. He served his apprenticeship, and he deserves an opportunity, and Jim Hendry gave it to him. He made the best of it, and he will do a good job for the Chicago Cubs."

    Since retiring, Piniella has enjoyed spending time with his family and taking up a new hobby -- bike riding. Piniella said he takes 25-mile bike trips with his friends.

    Piniella didn't rule out working for another team, but he reiterated that his managing days are over.

    "Now that I've done this [managing] for a long time, I've had my time," Piniella said. "Now the time is to give these young kids that come along [an opportunity]."

    Piniella was asked if he will work in baseball again.

    "I will [come back]. But I really haven't done all that much or thought about it that much," Piniella said. "I had the honey-do list, and I've exercised a lot."

    Piniella will most likely end up with the New York Yankees or Tampa Bay Rays in a consulting position, although he didn't say that. Those would be the natural spots for the Tampa, Fla., native.

    Lou Piniella: Mike Quade earned job

    November, 26, 2010
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    By ESPNChicago.com
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    Lou Piniella, who left his job with the Chicago Cubs in the middle of last year’s disappointing season, is confident the team can turn things around under new manager Mike Quade.

    Piniella told Steve Cochran during his ESPN radio show on Friday that Quade’s extensive minor-league experience and his success as the interim manager at the end of last season prove he can handle the job.

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    Quade impressed Cubs with changes

    October, 19, 2010
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    Levine By Bruce Levine
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    AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastMike Quade quickly won over Cubs players after taking over for Lou Piniella on Aug. 22.
    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' hiring of Mike Quade will be second-guessed by fans and media alike, but make no mistake about it, in the circles of baseball people, there will be firm support for Quade going forward.

    As it turns out in this process, Cubs' Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg came up second and Joe Girardi's supporters are left holding their Yankees caps.

    Quade's record of 24-13 in a lost season is only significant if you go down a few layers in the clubhouse, training room and manager's office. That's where changes took place. And that's where Quade impressed the Cubs' front office by the direct and powerful way he took control of a team that had gone 5-20 before Lou Piniella went home for good on Aug. 22.

    The changes were not subtle. On Aug. 23, the team began to take early batting practice before regular batting practice, and it became routine. Quade made sure that players showed up for medicals on time, and if they didn't they were benched. Veterans began to have better communication with the coaching staff, knowing two to three days in advance when they would have a day off. Lineups were posted six hours before game time, something the players had requested while Piniella was still on the job. All of these little things added up to a regiment that defined him to the Cubs front office as the right man for the job.

    Every great manager has had humble beginnings, and although we don't know how good Quade will be, the humble beginnings were there for him. Born in Evanston and raised mostly in Chicago gives Quade the firm understanding of what it is like to have watched Cubs teams try to get to the ultimate goal of World Series champions and not extend the drought that's reached 102 years. Quade knows Chicagoans as well as Sandberg and Girardi.

    He understands Cubs fans, and you can bet he will be tough enough to handle the bad times when the fans are on him. Quade has dealt with adversity since the age of three, when he was diagnosed with alopecia areata, a hair-loss condition. He's battled his way through life with the support of his family and the intestinal fortitude it will take to be successful in this job.

    Quade has managed 2,500-plus games in the minors before coaching for the Oakland Athletics and then eventually becoming a Cubs coach in 2007. His minor-league experience and knowledge of the National League were considered strong points as the Cubs went through the process of interviewing candidates for their 51st manager.

    In 1979, the White Sox hired a no-name Double-A manager named Tony La Russa on the advice of scout Jerry Krause, who told owner Bill Veeck "this guy is special." Thirty-one years later, La Russa is considered one of the great managers of all time. Leyland, who coached on La Russa's staff until 1985, was picked out of thin air for the Pittsburgh Pirates job in 1986 by GM Syd Thrift. Leyland, who managed in the minors for 11 years, was an anonymous third-base coach who had a great reputation among baseball people just like Quade.

    All of this said, Quade's success will be detemined by the Cubs players and how many wins and losses they can achieve for him. Long hours and hard work will be nothing new for Quade, a baseball lifer.

    No Ryno; Cubs hire Quade as manager

    October, 19, 2010
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    The Chicago Cubs removed the interim tag from Mike Quade and named him the manager with a two-year deal and a club option for 2013, the team announced Tuesday.

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    Levine's Cubs season in review

    October, 4, 2010
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    Levine By Bruce Levine
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    Starlin CastroMark J. Rebilas/US PRESSWIREStarlin Castro is the first Cubs rookie to bat .300 for a season since Bill Madlock hit .313 in 1974.
    The Chicago Cubs' season was a tale of three parts in 2010: The quick failure of the team to compete, the drama of Lou Piniella retiring and staying on as manager and then retiring again, and the resurgence of the team in the last 40 games under Mike Quade.

    Let's take a look at your Cubs season in review:

    Rotation

    What went right: Carlos Silva was the surprise of the National League in the first half, winning 10 games by the All-Star break while keeping the team afloat along with the usually reliable Ryan Dempster. Carlos Zambrano's return to ace form in the second half gives the feeling of some optimism for the rotation in 2011.

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    AP Photo/Barry GutierrezThe Cubs' Carlos Zambrano returned to his ace form at the end of the season.
    What went wrong: The Cubs' decision to put Zambrano in the bullpen backfired as he was ineffective in that role and also left a gaping hole in the front of the rotation. Randy Wells' sophomore slump resulted in just six wins for the season after having an outstanding rookie season when he won 12 in 2009. Ted Lilly missed three and a half weeks recovering from shoulder surgery then was submarined by his own offense which only scored 2.5 runs per start for him before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Silva went from All-Star to all-question mark in the second half, having a procedure done to correct an irregular heartbeat. Gorzelanny had his share of good starts as did rookie Casey Coleman at the end of the season. Jeff Samardzija's season can be described as incomplete at the major league level.

    Bullpen

    What went right:Carlos Marmol and Sean Marshall emerged as two of the best relievers in the National League. Marmol set a major league record with an average of almost 16 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and was as dominant a closer as there was in the game. Marshall again proved to be the Cubs' most versatile pitcher in the bullpen and Piniella and Quade used Marshall in many different roles. Marshall finally settled into the primary setup man role for Marmol. Other nice stories included the coming of age of Andrew Cashner and James Russell, both of whom will be counted on in 2011 as integral parts of the Cubs bullpen. Cashner started to develop a good breaking ball to go along with his 98-100 mph fastball. Russell was finally used properly under Quade as he flourished facing mostly left-handers in the second half.

    What went wrong: The bullpen imploded early and often as the plan to use three rookies and the inexperienced Samardzija caused the team to blow more games early on than any team in baseball. Veteran reliever John Grabow had his worst season protecting an injured knee which finally gave out on him in mid-summer.

    Catchers

    What went right: Geovany Soto's re-commitment to becoming the type of player he was in 2008 when he won NL Rookie of the Year was a good story for the Cubs. Soto's defense wavered from time to time, but overall it was a positive return for the 2008 All-Star. Koyie Hill continued to be a positive backup for the Cubs.

    What went wrong: Soto's season was cut short by shoulder surgery. However a positive out of that is that the Cubs were able to look at Wellington Castillo, who can be projected as a major league catcher in the future.

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    AP Photo/Jim PrischingAfter a nightmarish first half, Aramis Ramirez finished with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs.

    Infield

    What went right: The Starlin Castro era began at shortstop on May 7 with the rookie setting a major league record with 6 RBIs in his first game. Although Castro struggled defensively at times, his arm and range suggest that he will be one of the star shortstops in the majors for the next 10 years. Blake DeWitt, acquired in the Theriot trade, proved to be a solid if not spectacular player at second base, and he showed that he fit well in the clubhouse. Ramirez's return to form in the second half was a key to the Cubs' run production as he led the team with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs. Xavier Nady proved to be a more than efficient first baseman after Derrek Lee was traded, although his power stroke never returned.

    What went wrong: The sad tale of the infield centers around Ramirez's and Lee's awful first half slumps which killed any semblance of the Cubs' ability to score runs. Ryan Theriot's bulked-up body took away the bat speed that created a once-prolific singles machine. Defensively, Ramirez was well below average as he looked like a player that had never played the game during the first eight weeks of the season. A thumb injury in the middle of the summer only made things worse for the former All-Star. Lee's dreadful season eventually led to him getting traded to the Atlanta Braves.

    Outfield

    What went right: General manager Jim Hendry's signing of Marlon Byrd proved to be one of the best moves any team made in the offseason. Byrd was the Cubs' lone all-star, hustling his way to a near-.300 batting average. The Cubs' Energizer Bunny made only three errors in the outfield and should be in strong consideration for a Gold Glove. A lack of run production by Byrd can only be blamed on the failure of Ramirez, Lee and Theriot to do their jobs. The emergence of Tyler Colvin has some Cubs fans excited about his future. Colvin somehow was able to hit 20 home runs while rotating in the outfield with Kosuke Fukudome, Alfonso Soriano, Byrd and Nady. Colvin's year was cut short due to the freak accident that occurred when Castillo's shattered bat pierced Colvin in the chest causing a collapsed lung.

    What went wrong: The same story that has occurred for the Cubs over the past four years: a general lack of run production. Fukudome had his usual downturn in mid-summer. Soriano's lack of a hot streak made the Cubs outfield one of the least productive in the league. Not a lot of home runs from this group even with Soriano's 24 and Colvin's 20.

    Managers

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    Ric Tapia/Icon SMIMike Quade led the Cubs to a 24-13 record after taking over for Lou Piniella.
    What went right: Quade taking over the team on Aug. 23 from Piniella was a big-time feel-good story for the fan base. Quade won 24 out of 37 games, putting himself in position to be the full-time manager next season. Veterans and rookies all responded well to Quade, with his friendly but firm communication skills and his decisive handling of the game. Players were told 2-3 days in advance of days that they would have off and lineups were posted early in the day. During his time, Quade benched two veterans who weren't responding to team rules without the media finding out about it. Quade should be a favorite when Hendry and owner Tom Ricketts sit down to hire their new manager later this month.

    What went wrong: Surprisingly, even a veteran manager like Piniella was affected by his lame duck status. Players began griping about Piniella by mid-May, complaining about his unorganized way of handling players' days off and posting the lineups late. Piniella's decision to announce his retirement before he was ready to step down proved to be a mistake. Family issues with the death of his uncle and the illness of his mother only conviluted an already bad situation. In defense of Pineilla, a lot of the players who were griping were the same ones who were failing to live up to their contracts.

    Front office

    What went right: Hendry's signing of Byrd and the trade of Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for Silva changed the entire mood of the clubhouse. Hendry's farm system has produced two Rookie of the Year candidates in Castro and Colvin. Set-up man Cashner may also be a star of the future in the back of the bullpen. For the first time in decades, the Cubs' farm system is sending viable young players to the big leagues. Hendry's best move may prove to have been selecting Quade as Piniella's replacement. The team under Quade rejuvenated a lost season, giving both players and fans a realistic good feeling about a turnaround in 2011.

    What went wrong: From January on, Hendry was hamstrung by a payroll that had been maxed out since December of 2008. Hendry's attempts to sign free-agent relievers Matt Capps and Chan Ho Park failed because of a lack of money available. Attempts to trade for San Diego Padres reliever Luke Gregerson and the Toronto Blue Jays' Jason Frasier never materialized. Free-agent setup man Grabow failed in his role.

    Offseason

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    Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMIWill the Cubs have the money available to go after a big free agent such as Adam Dunn?
    The Cubs must start with hiring a new manager. Quade appears to be the front office and players' choice. The question is whether Ricketts and the marketing department will agree if Hendry chooses Quade over Ryne Sandberg or Eric Wedge. The Cubs' payroll is also a question mark. Ricketts has said that the team's payroll will be slightly less than in 2010. The question is will it be slightly less than the $144 million that was the payroll at the beginning of the season or slightly less after they had traded Lilly, Lee, Theriot and Fontenot in the last third of the season? The question in 2011 will be whether it will be a re-tooling year for the Cubs or will Hendry have the cash to go out on the free-agent market to sign difference-makers like Adam Dunn and Cliff Lee. Other questions center around the young players in the system. Will Castro and Colvin have to deal with a sophomore slump? And will center field prosect Brett Jackson follow Castro's trail to the majors in 2011? All that said, Zambrano must be able to do what he did the last six weeks of the season for a whole year, and Ramirez must return to the 35-home run, 100-RBI player that he was in the past if the Cubs are going to compete in a very winnable NL Central in 2011.

    Quade established himself as top candidate

    September, 27, 2010
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    Levine By Bruce Levine
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    Jeff Curry/US PresswireMike Quade has a better chance in his next interview to be Cubs manager than the one he had four years ago.
    In the fall of 2006, Mike Quade -- a relatively unknown manager of the Cubs' Triple-A Iowa squad -- interviewed for the team's big-league job after Dusty Baker's four-year contract expired.

    "Mike deserved the interview," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "He had done a great job during the two years he handled our Iowa team.

    "We had a good meeting [at Ridgemoor Country Club in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago]. Out of that meeting, Mike eventually became our first-base coach when I hired Lou [Piniella]."

    Four years later, Quade -- whose team is 12-3 on the road since he took over the managerial reins from Piniella -- is probably just one week away from his second interview for the job. The difference this time is he'll be one of the favorites to become the full-time manager.

    "I think the relationships I have formed with the players during the four years I've coached here, and the knowledge I've been able to store away, working with Lou and the other coaches, only enhanced what I knew about managing and dealing with players," Quade said.

    If you think Quade has gotten the most out of his team because he's given in to players, you'd be sadly mistaken. One veteran player was supposed to report for therapy with the training staff two weeks ago at 10 a.m. before a night game. Instead, he showed up at 2:30 for his treatment. Afterward, he found out his name wasn't in the lineup. When the player approached Quade to find out the reason for his benching, he was told that off-the-field preparation was to be taken as seriously as batting practice or the game itself.

    Quade refused to comment on this incident, saying what goes on between the players and himself is between them.

    "The mantra stays the same, concentrate on getting the job done and try to win every day," Quade said. "Then take a few days off at the end of the season and hope you've done enough to get a serious chance to stay on.

    "It comes back to the old cliché, why worry about something you can't control. All I can control is getting the players ready to play [the next seven days], and that's really the way I approach it."

    In 1979, Tony LaRussa was a Double-A manager -- picked out by scout Jerry Krause as the White Sox's next manager for owner Bill Veeck. In 1986, Pirates GM Sid Thrift hired relatively unknown White Sox third base coach Jim Leyland to manage the Pirates.

    "I'm very fond of those two names," Quade said. "That's the way you look at it, you make the list [choosing a manager], what does this guy bring to the table? Look at his communication skills. Look at how he handled players before and his knowledge of the game. These are the qualifications.

    "So getting a chance to do it at the big-league level -- and in a big market like Chicago -- was a final test for me in my mind. This six weeks has been something I can evaluate myself as well in that role. I feel good about it."

    Quade has established a solid bond with the players on the Cubs, giving veterans 2-3 days notice when they're going to have a day off. And also he posts lineups early in the day to give players a chance to prepare. This was something the players asked for from Piniella, but only received sporadically.

    Personally, players shouldn't have a say-so as to how a manager runs a team. And in deference to Piniella, his methods worked well enough to win two divisions in his four years in Chicago. However, it appears Quade does have something special going with this team.

    Ryne Sandberg and Eric Wedge have interviewed for the job. Quade will have his sometime next week. Bob Melvin, Pat Listach and Don Wakamatsu will all have time talking to Hendry.

    The question about Joe Girardi's availability is still up in the air. Sources tell ESPNChicago.com that Girardi is now being considered by other big-league teams who still have not replaced their managers, but are waiting until after the season.

    Hendry's take on Quade: 'Outstanding'

    September, 23, 2010
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    Levine By Bruce Levine
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    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry returned to Chicago from two days of interviews with Triple-A Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg in Mesa, Ariz. Hendry said the time with Sandberg was well spent but at the same time, Hendry is impressed with the performance of interim manager Mike Quade since taking over when Lou Piniella retired.

    "I still got some more people to see," Hendry said. "I'll hopefully work on that over the next couple of weeks and then try and regroup."

    Quade will get his interview with Hendry after the season ends. The Cubs have gone 18-9 under Quade.

    "Outstanding," Hendry said of Quade's performance. "I'm very pleased with how he has run the club and how he has handled himself. The players are playing hard for him. It's a very positive environment that is going on in our locker room, and it's a very solid blend of using the veterans properly and getting the kids the development that we need to see at the end of the season. It's very positive. He's doing an outstanding job."

    Hendry also spent time with special assistant Greg Maddux in Mesa and discussed the process of hiring a manager with him. Maddux played with Sandberg and Yankees manager Joe Girardi during his Cubs career. Girardi's name has come up on many occasions as a possible wild-card candidate for the Cubs job. Girardi is in the last year of his contract with the Yankees.

  • Hendry was unaware of any injuries that third baseman Aramis Ramirez had incurred early in the season that prevented him from playing up to his usual standard in the first half of the season. A Chicago Sun-Times story on Thursday had Ramirez quoted saying that other injuries had effected his play early in the season."[Trainer] Mark O'Neil is always on top of everything," Hendry said. "When [Ramirez] did have the start that he had, it was so out of character that he possibly had some issues he tried to play through and maybe he wasn't successful at it. Maybe there were some things that he and Mark worked on that I wasn't aware of. He might be nicked up but not really injured."

    Ramirez sustained a thumb injury that affected his play during the middle half of the season, but he has been able to battle through it having a better than average second half.

  • Having come from the Oakland Athletics organization earlier in his career, Quade is well aware of how important on-base percentage is with a team's offensive production. That said, the Cubs have the second-fewest walks in the National League, averaging less than three a game."I always hate to group the team," Quade said. "You take a look at the individuals and see what's being done. I don't think we want [Geovany] Soto to do much more than he's done. You have to look at all of that on an individual basis. We have a pretty darn good hitting guy [Rudy Jaramillo]. It would take me some time to go over [walks and on-base percentage]. You're always happy with patience, but somebody has got to drive the ball into the gaps and out of the ballpark. But anything we can do to improve out on-base percentage to help score runs is what we need to do."

  • Quade is not sure if Carlos Silva will pitch again this season. Quade was asked if Silva would be available at any time over the next 10 games even out of the bullpen. "I'd never rule it out. But I think we'd rule on the side of caution."Silva returned to the Cubs on Sept. 4 after missing more than a month because of a heart problem.

  • Second baseman Jeff Baker was a late scratch from the lineup due to flu-like symptoms.
  • Source: Cubs interview Wedge

    August, 26, 2010
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    Levine By Bruce Levine
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    CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have begun their formal process of finding their next manager, according to a major-league source.


    Wedge has a solid reputatuion in baseball. Most baseball insiders know his firing last year from Cleveland was more a result of the Indians dumping salaries and trading star players, such as C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee, rather than an indictment of Wedge’s managing.

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    Dusty says he'll miss Piniella's personality

    August, 23, 2010
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    [+] EnlargeDusty Baker and Lou Piniella
    AP Photo/Paul BeatyDusty Baker and Lou Piniella have a lot to commiserate about after managing the Cubs.
    Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker was looking forward to seeing Lou Piniella next week when the Chicago Cubs visit the Reds, whom Piniella guided to the 1990 World Series.

    But Piniella expedited his retirement by stepping down Sunday.

    “It’s hard to find personalities to replace Lou Piniella, and I’m going to miss him,” Baker said Monday on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on ESPN Radio. “I was looking forward to him coming to Cincinnati for the last time to say goodbye.

    “But I’ll call him personally and tell him I’ll take him out down the road somewhere.”

    The two have a lot to talk about. Piniella succeeded Baker in 2006, and neither man was able to end the World Series drought that extends back to 1908.

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