The first domino of the Theo Epstein era has fallen.The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Mike Quade, according to numerous tweets.
This news wasn’t unexpected. It was widely assumed the Cubs’ new regime would start fresh with a new manager.
“The next manager must have leadership and communication skills; he must place an emphasis on preparation and accountability,” Epstein, president of baseball operations, told reporters.
In his first full season as Cubs manager, Quade went 71-91. He was unable to live up to expectations he set following his 24-13 finish as interim manager in 2010.
Now begins the rampant speculation for the next Cubs manager.
Epstein also said that Quade’s replacement “must have managerial or coaching experience” at the major league level. That would seemingly eliminate Cubs’ legend, Ryne Sandberg. Could that spell a Terry Francona reunion?
Only time will tell. But you can believe Epstein and the Cubs organisation will look to make a splash hire in hopes of turning over 100 years of ineptitude on its head.
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