Quade proud of job he did with Cubs

Quade proud of job he did with Cubs

Quade proud of job he did with Cubs
SAN DIEGO -- Mike Quade will say goodbye to his players and staff after Wednesday's game, confident in the job he did in his first full year as the Cubs' manager but uncertain as to what the future holds.

"It hasn't been what we hoped for, but I'm not disappointed in the way I handled things and the way I went about my business," Quade said on Wednesday. "Good seasons, bad seasons, you go home and evaluate -- and you're always trying to get better. I still feel pretty good about this job and doing what I do. If somebody else has a different thought when they come in here, they'll make that decision."

Quade's future will be determined by the new, yet to be named, general manager. The process is ongoing, and there's no timetable, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said on Wednesday.

Quade isn't as concerned about his future as he is about his coaching staff. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo has a contract for next season; the rest have contracts that expire at the end of October.

"There's really nothing else you can do," Quade said. "That's the only thing I worry about, is guys waiting and not getting a job if things don't work out. I'll do everything I can to keep them abreast the best I can."

But Quade isn't worried heading into the offseason. He'll go home to Florida to go fishing and finish remodeling his kitchen.

"No anxiety," he said. "It's always great when things are cleared up, one way or the other. You look forward to that day. I'm as anxious -- I want to see who they're going to hire and how that's going to play out. I don't do all the speculation or listen to the names. I'm more interested in concrete information. No anxiety."

Ricketts did meet with Quade after Jim Hendry was dismissed as general manager in August to tell him it may be a long process before a replacement is named.

"I think this is a big organizational decision and, right now, it's bigger than any of us -- whether we like it or not," Quade said. "You have to be patient or you say, 'I can't do this, I've got to get work.' I think you have to keep things in perspective."

Quade isn't following the rumors as to who could take over the Cubs.

"[I asked Mr. Ricketts], 'Just tell me the truth,' and he did," Quade said. "That's all I want. I was able to tell my staff, 'Look, this is not what we wanted or expected, but it is what it is.'"

The Cubs have lost 90 games and will either finish fourth or fifth in the National League Central, depending on how the Pirates fare on Wednesday. There will be changes coming in the Cubs' clubhouse.

"Somebody's going to come in here and take a look, and try to structure this thing the way they want to do it," Quade said. "It's natural to have turnover. To the extent we'll have it, I don't know."

The Cubs will finish last in the National League in defense, and Quade said he hopes another year of experience for young players like Starlin Castro, Geovany Soto and Darwin Barney will help correct that.

"The most frustrating thing this year is, that's been a point of emphasis," Quade said.

He did learn quickly that managing in the big leagues is different than managing in Macon, Ga. or Huntsville, Ala. This Spring Training, his musical tastes were reported on Twitter.

"You deal with it and keep a level head, and you'll be fine," Quade said.