Quade is New Third Base Coach

After managing the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate for the past four years, Mike Quade had hoped for a change.

The 49-year-old Evanston, Ill., native felt he was ready to join a big league coaching staff for the first time since leaving the Oakland A's in 2002.

The Cubs and new manager Lou Piniella will afford him that opportunity.

Quade becomes the third member of Piniella's coaching staff to be announced, including the second this week. On Monday, the Cubs pegged Alan Trammell as bench coach. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was formally retained from Dusty Baker's staff last week.

Quade will succeed Chris Speier, a former A's colleague, as third base coach. He replaced Speier on an interim basis this past season after Speier was arrested for driving under the influence in July.

"I'm looking forward to it," Quade said from his gulf coast home in Florida Wednesday afternoon. "I had a little taste of it last year for a week.

"I'll try not to screw things up next year," he joked.

Quade guided the Iowa Cubs to a 76-68 record this past season. The I-Cubs finished tied atop the Pacific Coast League's American Northern Division with Nashville, who won a tiebreaker with the Cubs based on head-to-head play.

In his four years as Iowa manager, Quade guided the I-Cubs to one playoff appearance and two winning seasons. He compiled a record of 289-279 with the team and coached third base each of the past four years.

"There are always adjustments to make up there," Quade said of his new post. "I've always said that even at the Triple-A level, it's a high-pressure position. You go into this like you would anything else."

Quade said he and Piniella spoke by phone Tuesday evening, but revealed that the two had never talked directly about joining Piniella's staff until then.

"Lou called last night, but during the interview process for the managerial position," Quade explained, "Jim (Hendry) had brought up the possibility that if I didn't manage that there would be some other options for me. I think that with Jim's influence and Lou's trust in Jim -- truthfully, I didn't really talk to Lou about it. I just hoped that enough people respected the work that I did, and that their comments reflected well on me."

Quade interviewed for the Cubs' managerial vacancy earlier this month. He coached first base for the A's from 2000-02 under then manager Art Howe.

"[Lou] knows Art Howe. He knows a ton of people that know me and have seen me work. I was hoping that enough good came of that and that I'd earned enough respect to have him consider me. As it turned out, it looks like it's going to work out," Quade said.

Who replaces Quade as Iowa manager next season should be decided at the Cubs' organizational meetings in November.

"Mike has paid his dues," Cubs Director of Player Development Oneri Fleita said of Quade's tenure as Iowa manager. "I'm happy to see him get rewarded for all his efforts."


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