Bricks & Ivy: Quade rewarded for sticking with it

Bricks & Ivy: Quade rewarded for sticking with it

Monday, Aug. 23, 2010
9:57 PM

By Luke Stuckmeyer
CSNChicago.com

Who was the first baseball player's career that you remember following closely?

Santo, Williams, Banks, Sandberg, Dawson, Sosa and Wood are common answers. For me, it wasn't that simple. For some reason, I loved the way Ivan DeJesus used to slide head first. I admired hall of famers Ryne Sandberg and Andre Dawson. But the FIRST player that I really watched closely was Mt. Prospect native Mike Quade.

The Quades' were close friends of the family. I remember their son being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates after starring at my future high school. We'd get weekly updates on his progress as a player in the Pirates minor league system, but he peaked at triple-A and quickly switched to coaching.

Now, after nearly 20 years of managing in the minors he's finally getting his chance. There's something to be said for paying your dues and he's certainly done that: 2,378 games as a minor league manager. Twice he was named Minor League Manager of the Year. He won 2 World World Series. He's been a first base coach for the Oakland A's and third base coach for the Cubs.

No matter what happens this off-season, he will always be the 51st manager in Cubs franchise history. That's called sticking with it.For more on Mike Quade's journey check out the story I did before his Major League Managerial debut in Washington...

Morning Update: Cubs crush Pirates; White Sox beat Rays; Bulls host media day

Morning Update: Cubs crush Pirates; White Sox beat Rays; Bulls host media day

Here are some of the headlines from yesterday's busy day in Chicago sports:

Preview: Cubs back at it in Pittsburgh tonight on CSN

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James Shields gets first win in two months as White Sox beat Rays

Bulls begin 'necessary' new era by creating a culture 'to take steps forward'

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Preview: Cubs back at it in Pittsburgh tonight on CSN

Preview: Cubs back at it in Pittsburgh tonight on CSN

The Cubs take on the Pittsburgh Pirates tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Catch first pitch at 6 p.m. with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: John Lackey (10-8, 3.39 ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (3-6, 4.85 ERA)

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