Cubs manager Mike Quade can’t worry about his own future
By GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com August 20, 2011 9:54PM
Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez follows the flight of his two-run home run in the fourth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field. | Charles Cherney~AP
Updated: November 3, 2011 3:58PM
Manager Mike Quade said he took time to reflect Friday night after the announcement that his boss, Jim Hendry, was fired.
But he insists it’s business as usual for him with no time for thinking about his own future.
‘‘How can you wonder what will happen when you don’t know who’s going to be the new guy?’’ Quade said before the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 on Saturday to clinch their fourth series win in the last five. ‘‘I just keep doing what I need to do here, and that’s all that really matters to me. And what took place, you deal with that, whether it’s with Jim or some of the adversity we’ve had this year. You move on, and you don’t stop and say, ‘Oh, my God, why this or why that or what about this?’ ’’
The uncertainty after Hendry’s dismissal extends from Quade through his staff and into the clubhouse.
‘‘I’ve been through this before, in St. Louis, a couple of times,’’ said pitching coach Mark Riggins, who had a strong relationship with Hendry and said he was shocked at Friday’s news. ‘‘It’s baseball. We know the business we’re in, and you’re going to be hired, and you’re going to be fired. Hopefully, you do your work, and you’re accepted throughout baseball, so if something does happen, you have some open avenues to go through.’’
Even players with more security, such as Saturday’s winning pitcher, Matt Garza, aren’t sure what to make of an eight-day stretch that started with Carlos Zambrano leaving the team during a game, continued with Hendry suspending him and concluded with Hendry’s final day as Cubs GM.
‘‘I’ve just got to come in and do my job. I don’t want to be the next one out,’’ Garza said with a smile. ‘‘It sucks the way things turned out. You know, Z is Z. And Hendry, you hate to see a good guy like that [go out] the way things played out. It’s a business, and we all understand that.’’
With Hendry out, even Zambrano’s long-term status with the team could be in flux, depending on the thinking of Hendry’s eventual replacement.
But chairman Tom Ricketts said he supported Hendry’s decision and worked closely with Hendry during the suspension process. He doesn’t sound like he has any greater desire to bring Zambrano back for the final year of his contract after his actions in Atlanta.
That night, Zambrano texted high-ranking team officials about his intent to retire because he felt like he was ‘‘stealing money’’ with his poor pitching. He later lied during a televised interview that his comments about retiring were solely part of a private conversation in the clubhouse.
After faring well in a third simulated game Friday, rehabbing right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) is scheduled for a side session Sunday, after which he’ll be sent out on a minor-league rehab assignment during the week.
It puts him on track for a possible return next month to the bullpen.
† The Cubs’ first-round draft pick, infielder Javier Baez, visited Wrigley Field to meet players and take batting practice in the cage before heading out Sunday for Mesa, Ariz.
Dillon Maples, the tough-to-sign pitcher the Cubs drafted 14th and signed with a $2.5 million bonus in one of Hendry’s final negotiations, also is expected to visit the team during this homestand.