Quade will give in to the 'Moneyball' hype


Quade will give in to the 'Moneyball' hype

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011Posted: 10:29 p.m. Updated: 11:08 p.m.
By Patrick Mooney
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WATCH: Kap goes one-on-one with Jonah HillST. LOUIS -- Mike Quade has a business degree from the University of New Orleans.The television in his office almost always seems to be turned to thecable news channels. He follows the stock market and spends asignificant part of his day looking at numbers.

With that kind of background, the Cubs manager should be fascinated byan analytical movie that received four stars from Roger Ebert andshould generate serious Oscar buzz.

But as someone who worked seven years in the Oakland organization, Quade has already lived through Moneyball.

Im a rental guy wait until the DVD comes out, Quade said Friday asthe movie opened in theaters across the country. That way I dont haveto walk out of the theater if I dont care for it. I can just turn itoff and move on. But I am a little curious, just to see how itsdepicted, as far as what liberties were taken.

Quade did his job while best-selling author Michael Lewis shadowedBilly Beane during the 2002 season. The As found market inefficienciesand won 103 games, but Quade didnt return the next year as first-basecoach, in part because of a personality conflict and Beanes insistenceon putting Bob Geren on the staff.

While the behind-the-scenes book immediately became a hit upon itsrelease in 2003, Quade wound up managing in Des Moines. There MichaelGartner, an owner of the Cubs Triple-A Iowa affiliate, came into hisoffice.

From the minute the book came out, he plopped it on my desk, Quaderecalled. (He goes): I want you to read this and tell me whats trueand whats not true.

Quades counter-offer: You read the book and ask me. There will be allsorts (of) stuff that youll wonder about. Just come ask me and Illgive you my story.

Moneyball clearly hit a nerve among baseball fans and inside businessschools. Quade has only read excerpts of the book, which had a hugeimpact on the way the industry and journalists looked at and understoodthe game. The managers seen the trailers for the movie, and knows hewont be able to escape this time.

Curiosity will get the best of me, Quade said.

Shut down Ramirez?

Aramis Ramirez continues to receive treatment on his right quad, andthe hope is that hell be available to pinch-hit at some point thisweekend in St. Louis. The third baseman is already looking forward tohis next contract, but the Cubs arent ready to say his seasons overyet.

He hasnt indicated to me that hes interested in shutting it down,Quade said. Its a different thing in the middle of the season whenyour rosters locked in at 25 (and) you got to do something with thisspot. (Well) keep working on him and hope he gets better quickly.Patrick Mooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.

Cubs not surprised 'good dude' Mike Napoli is on another winning team

Cubs not surprised 'good dude' Mike Napoli is on another winning team

CLEVELAND — As the Cubs readied themselves to play in the franchise’s first World Series game since 1971, a number of players were able to look over at the Cleveland Indians and seen an opposing team transformed by good-dude-in-chief Mike Napoli.

Those players, specifically, were catcher David Ross and starters Jon Lester and John Lackey, all of whom teamed up with Napoli to win the 2013 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. 

“I know their players are going to be ready just based on one player alone and that’s Mike Napoli, I know what he brings to the table,” Lester said during the Cubs’ pennant-clinching celebration. “He helped transform our 2013 team.”

Napoli’s impact on the 2016 Indians stretches beyond his career high totals in home runs (34), RBIs (102) and runs (92). While he was only worth 1.0 WAR despite those gaudy totals, Napoli’s unquantifiable presence on the field and in the clubhouse helped keep Cleveland from breaking apart despite injuries to outfielder Michael Brantley and starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. 

“Having a guy that’s playing every day can unify the group is really tremendous,” Indians hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo said. “I think it’s undervalued sometimes.”

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Napoli played a key part in the Red Sox’ worst-to-first turnaround in 2013, quickly becoming a leader in a clubhouse Lackey said was a “zoo.” It was one of the 34-year-old’s best seasons in the majors, too — he hit 23 home runs with an .842 OPS — and he became a guy his teammates knew they could trust to come through in key situations. 

“He’s a guy you want in your foxhole,” Lackey said. “He’s a winner. He steps up in big situations and wants to be in them. I’m not surprised to see him on another winning team for sure.”

Ross sees a lot of Napoli in the personality first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who’s emerged as one of the Cubs’ best leaders during their rapid ascendance to the top of the National League over the last two years. 

“When you do things with Rizzo off the field, you have a good time. Napoli’s one of those guys (too),” Ross said. “No matter what you’re doing, you’re going to enjoy yourself. He’s one of those guys you’re like, Yep, I gotta have Napoli go with me, I gotta have Rizz go with me, because we’re going to have fun.”

A few minutes after Ross, Lester and Lackey filed out of Progressive Field’s posh club lounge, Napoli walked in wearing a Party at Napoli’s T-shirt. Ross said he wanted to get his hands on one of those shirts in time for Monday’s World Series media day, but had to settle for wearing a Cubs hoodie. But the whole “Party at Napoli’s” thing encompasses why he’s been such a good fit in clubhouses in Cleveland, Boston, and everywhere else he’s been in the majors. 

“I’m just myself,” Napoli said. “I like to have a good time, I enjoy my teammates on and off the field.”

Said Lackey: “He’s a great teammate, a gamer and just a good dude.”

Cubs announce lineup for Game 1 of the World Series...and yes Kyle Schwarber is in it

Cubs announce lineup for Game 1 of the World Series...and yes Kyle Schwarber is in it

CLEVELAND - Kyle Schwarber is in the Cubs starting lineup for the first time since April 7.

It just so happens to also be the Cubs' first World Series starting lineup since 1945.

The Cubs released Joe Maddon's Game 1 lineup against Corey Kluber and the Cleveland Indians Tuesday afternoon ahead of a historic World Series matchup.

Schwarber is hitting fifth at DH:

1. Dexter Fowler - CF
2. Kris Bryant - 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo - 1B
4. Ben Zobrist - LF
5. Kyle Schwarber - DH
6. Javy Baez - 2B
7. Chris Coghlan - RF
8. Addison Russell - SS
9. David Ross - C

And Jon Lester is on the mound.

Schwarber is already the Cubs' all-time leader in postseason homers with five longballs in last season's playoff run.

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Coghlan in the lineup is also a surprise as defensive stalwart Jason Heyward gets the boot to the bench for the second straight game.

The Cubs put Albert Almora Jr. in right field at Wrigley Saturady night when they beat Clayton Kershaw and locked up the NLCs.

Heyward is hitting .071 with a .312 OPS in the postseason, collecting only two hits and a walk in 10 games.

Coghlan has appeared in five games - all as a pinch-hitter - and is 0-for-4 with a walk and a run. 

The Cubs have scored 23 runs in the last three games after being shut out in 21 straight innings prior to that.