Jim Hendry: Mike Quade deserved shot

10/21/2010 - MLB Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO -- Why didn't Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry wait for the New York Yankees' season to end to gauge the interest of Joe Girardi in returning to Chicago?

Because it wouldn't have mattered.

That was the message Hendry delivered on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on Thursday. Girardi, who grew up in Peoria, attended Northwestern and played for the Cubs, becomes a free agent after the season. The Yankees trail the Texas Rangers 3-2 in the ALCS.

"At the end of the day, it wouldn't have mattered," Hendry said when asked if he considered waiting for the playoffs to end to interview any other candidate. "Mike Quade was our guy. Mike Quade was the guy we felt deserved the job."

Quade, a long-time minor-league manager, took over for the retired Lou Piniella on Aug. 23 and guided the Cubs to a 24-13 record, which was the second-best mark in baseball over that period.

"The respect he's earned over the years, even though he wasn't a household name, and the things he did in that clubhouse behind the scenes that translated into a great effort on the field and the respect our players have given him, I thought was quite admirable," Hendry said.