Mike Quade doesn't want to try and figure out what Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is looking for in his next manager.
"These guys know me. I have to stay true to myself and true to the game and true and respectful to these players, try and create the best environment I can to get them through these next few weeks and then let the cards fall. There's going to be a million candidates and a lot of good ones, I get all that and I've got no problem with that. If I don't do it the way I would like to do it that would be the only regret I would have."
Quade took over on Monday after Lou Piniella retired to tend to family issues following Sunday's game. After a sweep of the Washington Nationals, Quade is the first Cubs manager to win his first three games since Jim Riggleman won four straight in 1995.
Quade, whose Cubs open a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, said he has been assured by Hendry that he is a candidate for the job in 2011. Hendry interviewed former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge on Thursday, according to a major league source. Other known candidates include Iowa Cubs manager Ryne Sandberg and former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez. New York Yankees manager and former Cub Joe Girardi also figures to be in the mix.
With all that competition, Quade said he has to stay true to what has gotten him this far.
"I think who I am and how these guys know me and going down that road is probably all I can do," Quade said. "You don't come in and actively try and shake things up. The last six weeks of the season people are tired, it's a heck of a grind. You want to make the transition as smooth as you can for these guys and keep things as consistent as you can with the way things have gone. But at the same time I'm a different guy than Lou. I do things a little bit differently sometimes and they need to understand that."