Friday, June 24, 2011
Jim Riggleman endorses Mike Quade
When your team is 14 games under .500, you take compliments where you can find them, and Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade found a couple Friday from a controversial source.
Jim Riggleman, who quit as the Washington Nationals manager on Thursday, said he's glad he doesn't have to make a living managing against Quade.
"You got a good one there in Mike Quade," Riggleman said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I know it's tough. When you're losing in Chicago, it can be tough. But Mike Quade is not a guy you want to make a living managing against, he is really good."
Quade is in his first full year as a major league manager after spending 17 years as a minor league skipper. He has been under increasing scrutiny as the Cubs flail near the bottom of the NL Central.
Riggleman, who managed the Cubs from 1995-99 and was fired despite a postseason appearance, understands the pressure Quade faces.
"I absolutely disagree [that Quade is in over his head]," Riggleman said. "Mike Quade is a man after my own heart. He's paid his dues in the minor leagues. This guy knows how to run a ballgame.
"I've managed against him. He's really good. He's got a great bench coach in [former Nationals coach] Pat Listache. I'll tell you what, he is a sharp guy. If you make a living managing against him every day, if your team isn't better than his team, you're not going to beat him."