Mike Quade defends his remarks to MLB

Updated: July 19, 2011, 10:28 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade had a long discussion with Major League Baseball executive vice president of baseball Joe Torre on Tuesday about the critical comments Quade made about the umpiring in Sunday's game against the Florida Marlins.

After talking with Torre, Quade said he was unsure if the league would suspend or fine him, or just drop the matter.

"I talked to Joe today at length," Quade said. "I'll let them take it from there.

"One thing about having Joe there is that he's been on both sides of it, and he gives you an opportunity to explain. It's not just cut and dry. So we will see where they want to go, but we had a long discussion and a good discussion."

After Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Marlins, Quade and reliever Kerry Wood both called out umpire Lance Barrett, who appeared to miss a call on a pickoff attempt at second base that would have gotten the Cubs out of an inning. At the time, the game was tied 4-4 and after the missed call the Marlins tacked on three two-out runs.

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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