Mike Quade hopes to retain staff
CHICAGO -- In his first full day as Chicago Cubs manager, Mike Quade said Wednesday that he hopes his coaching staff will remain the same. And while he didn't completely reject the idea of Ryne Sandberg joining the staff, he may have been practicing professional courtesy.
Quade beat out Sandberg for the job on Tuesday when the Cubs removed his interim tag. Sandberg, who spent the last four seasons managing in the Cubs' minor-league system, admitted he was disappointed and said his heart is set on moving on to the big leagues.
"[Having Sandberg join his staff is] not impossible, that's for sure," Quade said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "That would be a unique circumstance, but I'm telling you everybody is on the table.
"I would never say anybody is not available. That would be a unique situation that Ryne and I would have to talk about it. And look, by the way, he's got other opportunities from what I understand. It's not [only] what I want, necessarily, he's got a lot of things he has to deal with as well. But we'll have to see."
Sandberg on Tuesday said he wasn't sure he would return to manage the Triple-A Iowa Cubs -- or even if the Cubs wanted him to -- but Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday that Sandberg would be welcomed back to Iowa.
ESPNChicago.com baseball reporter Bruce Levine -- citing a major-league source -- said pitching coach Larry Rothschild, hitting coach Rudy Jarmillo and bullpen coach Lester Strode will be back. Levine reported that Washington Nationals third-base coach Pat Listach may end up as the Cubs' bench coach or third-base coach with current bench coach Alan Trammell possibly heading to Arizona to join Kirk Gibson.
Quade also talked about the future of pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who went 7-0 after Quade took over for the retired Lou Piniella on Aug. 23. Zambrano helped fuel the Cubs' 24-13 record under Quade, which helped him land the manager's job.
"I look at what is and say, 'Why can't that continue?'" Quade said of Zambrano. "He's not the young guy he was six or seven years ago, obviously. He's not throwing 94, 95 like he did. He's got adjustments to make to be as good as he was.
I would never say anybody is not available. That would be a unique situation that Ryne and I would have to talk about it.” -- Mike Quade, on Ryne Sandberg
"That's not going to be easy, but I don't remember in my tenure here him putting together a six-week period where I thought he was under control emotionally, clear-headed, thought-process wise, competitive, on the strike zone the way he was. ... When he [was younger] he was like that all day long."
After a dugout meltdown on June 25 with former teammate Derrek Lee, Zambrano went to anger management counseling and returned stronger than ever.
"I give all the credit in the world to him," Quade said. "He stepped away from this thing, seemed to have cleared his head and came back with better focus.
"Like all of us, myself included, six weeks does not make six months, and I'm as anxious as anybody to see if we can all sustain and continue to play well. But I believe we can. And I believe in what I saw the last six weeks, and that's the only way I know how to approach this."