Cubs Make It Official: Manager Mike Quade Fired

Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein the following statement just minutes ago.

“Jed Hoyer and I had an all-day meeting with Mike Quade last Thursday at Wrigley Field, and Mike and I continued our dialogue with a lengthy phone conversation yesterday after the press conference. Today, I flew to Florida to inform Mike in person that the Cubs have decided not to bring him back as our manager for the 2012 season.

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Cubs Managerial Candidate: Ryne Sandberg

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Just two years ago, more than 33,000 fans showed up at Wrigley Field just to watch Ryne Sandberg manage his Class-A Peoria Chiefs in a game against the Kane County Cougars. Sandberg is the Cubs’ most recent Hall of Fame inductee and a fan favorite. He’s certainly paid his organizational dues as well, having now managed Cubs minor league affiliates at every level but Rookie ball. He’s familiar with the young talent and his name certainly carries a lot of weight with the players. He has also openly coveted the job since the moment he announced his retirement from the game.

Hiring him would go a long way towards erasing whatever bad vibes have been created by the team’s lackluster play this season.

Matt Lindner’s second in a six part series highlighting who could be the Cubs‘ next skipper.

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