RunReyesRun wrote:It will be interesting to see if Quade puts Rhino on his staff.
That'd be awkward.
Feedback on Chicago radio is that Rhino already told his agent to start looking into other organizations. Not exactly a "hometown" move, but you can't expect him to take too many slaps in the face for a completely different ownership group than he felt loyal to fifteen years ago.
Don't know if he'll get any of the plentiful openings this offseason, but I really don't see this turning out well for the Cubs. Quade may have had a good run to end the season, but I don't see them putting up a much better record next seasons without some significant roster moves. Another "rebuilding" season on the Northside, especially if that's while seeing Rhino succeed somewhere else, would be demoralizing for an already uninspired fanbase.
Don't get me wrong, I don't think Rhino was the answer either, but most of the Cubs fans around here would have liked to have seen them at least try
to make a splash, rather than just taking off the "interim" tag before the post season is over.
I really don't see why this move had to be made now. This could have just as easily been announced in January after they had made a legitimate run at some big name candidates. Even if they weren't intending to sign anyone big they could have at least made a show
of trying to get somebody. They had to know how this was going to play out for Rhino when they announced this. They didn't really leave him any options, and whatever fans may have felt he was ready for the job are now just disgusted.
As it is right now it looks like they're either too scared to lose Quade or they're too lazy to even interview any candidates, but most of all they didn't think Sandberg was ready. Quade certainly didn't deserve any loyalty or "vote of confidence" based on a couple dozen meaningless games at the bottom of the NL Central.