In-House Candidates

While Joe Girardi spent Monday interviewing for the Cubs' managerial opening, two in-house names emerged on General Manager Jim Hendry's radar and both will be granted interviews some time in the near future.

Hendry will formally interview in-house candidate's Mike Quade and Pat Listach for the Cubs' managerial vacancy, likely some time this week.

Quade has been manager of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs since 2003. He came to the Cubs after three years as the Oakland A's first base coach. The 49-year-old began managing in 1985 in the Class-A South Atlantic League.

A native of Evanston, Ill., he concluded his 17th season as a minor league manager this year at Iowa, guiding the I-Cubs to a 76-68 record and a tie atop the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division with Nashville.

"I've been doing this a long time and I have a lot of confidence in my ability," Quade said on Monday. "I know the organization. I believe I can manage at that level and I believe hopefully in the eyes of the people in Chicago that I have earned that interview."

In his 17 seasons as manager, Quade has compiled a record of 1,213-1,165. He led the Iowa team to winning records in 2004 and '06. The I-Cubs reached the Pacific Coast League Championship Series in '04.

"I'm very happy with the people I've worked with, the players that I've had, and the things that I've accomplished," said Quade, who played college baseball at the University of New Orleans and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979.

"You hope that adds up to an opportunity to sit in front of the people that are making those decisions at the major league level, and make your case. That's the main thing," Quade said.

Quade has some experience at the major league level. In addition to being the A's first base coach from 2000-02, he assisted Dusty Baker's teams in September each of the past four years.

"The four years I've been here have been great," Quade said. "I've enjoyed Iowa, but obviously I would like to participate at the next level. An opportunity to interview for a big league job has eluded me until this point. I'm anxious to sit down and make my case."

Listach, meanwhile, was the youngest manager in the Cubs' organization this past season. At age 38, he guided Double-A West Tennessee to a 75-65 record in his first season as Jaxx manager.

The Natchitoches, La., native had previously served as manager at Iowa in 2002 following the firing of then Cubs manager Don Baylor in July, which saw Bruce Kimm take over as Chicago skipper on an interim basis.

Pat Listach managed Double-A West Tenn this season.
"The Chicago Cubs are an organization that I'm proud to be a part of. I'm proud to have this interview," Listach said on Monday.

Listach was the American League Rookie of the Year with Milwaukee in 1992, and spent six seasons in the major leagues between the Brewers and Houston Astros. He was Iowa hitting coach for five years from 2001-05, and was hitting coach at Class-A Lansing in 2000.

He will now manage the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League, which hosts seven Cub prospects. The Fall League is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

"For an organization like the Cubs to be willing to interview me, it's an honor," Listach said.

Should the Cubs go with someone outside the organization, the consensus "big three" on Hendry's radar appear to be: Girardi, a former Cubs catcher recently dismissed after one season as skipper of the Florida Marlins, and Lou Piniella and Bob Brenly, both of whom have a World Series ring.

"Joe and I spent the better part of the day together," Hendry told reporters of his interview with Girardi on Monday. "I thought it went very well. I think Joe appreciated coming down to Wrigley Field and seeing a lot of the people he knew from his playing days here."

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