Mike Quade can now join the ranks of managers formerly known as interim. ESPN Chicago in an unsigned piece reports that the Cubs have hired Quade to manage the team for 2011 and 2012. His deal is worth a reported $1.8 to $2 million according to ESPN.
Quade was hired to take over for Lou Piniella in August. Rampant speculation had Quade as mere placeholder until season's end when Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg would be coronated as manager of the team for which he played sixteen seasons.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the the ceremony. Quade's Cubs played inspired ball winning 23 of the 37 games he managed. In the process Quade earned the support of his players who lobbied on his behalf during the interview process.
The decision likely ends Sandberg's affiliation with the Cubs who has announced he will pursue managing opportunities with other clubs.
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