Theo Epstein and Co. made their first big decision on Wednesday by firing manger, Mike Quade. The search for Quade’s replacement will begin immediately.
The Cubs finished 71-91, which was Quade’s first full season as a big league manager after taking over for Lou Piniella late in the 2010 season. Quade’s overall record is 95-104.
In regards to what kind of manager he wants, Theo said, “We are looking for someone with whom and around whom we can build a foundation for sustained success. The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability; he must establish high standards and a winning culture; he must have integrity and an open mind; and he must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level.”
One of the popular thoughts to be Cubs next manager is former Cub, Ryne Sandberg. Sandberg spent last year as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies triple A team. Before that, Sandberg coach all three levels of the Cubs minor league system. However, the lack of professional managerial experience could cost him the opportunity.