Jim Riggleman endorses Mike Quade

Updated: June 24, 2011, 2:29 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

When your team is 14 games under .500, you take compliments where you can find them, and Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade found a couple Friday from a controversial source.

Jim Riggleman, who quit as the Washington Nationals manager on Thursday, said he's glad he doesn't have to make a living managing against Quade.

"You got a good one there in Mike Quade," Riggleman said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I know it's tough. When you're losing in Chicago, it can be tough. But Mike Quade is not a guy you want to make a living managing against, he is really good."

Quade is in his first full year as a major league manager after spending 17 years as a minor league skipper. He has been under increasing scrutiny as the Cubs flail near the bottom of the NL Central.

Riggleman, who managed the Cubs from 1995-99 and was fired despite a postseason appearance, understands the pressure Quade faces.

"I absolutely disagree [that Quade is in over his head]," Riggleman said. "Mike Quade is a man after my own heart. He's paid his dues in the minor leagues. This guy knows how to run a ballgame.

"I've managed against him. He's really good. He's got a great bench coach in [former Nationals coach] Pat Listache. I'll tell you what, he is a sharp guy. If you make a living managing against him every day, if your team isn't better than his team, you're not going to beat him."

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