Mark Grace Rips The Chicago Cubs
Former Chicago Cubs star first baseman Mark Grace told Dan Patrick Show on Friday that his former team should have hired Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg as manager after last season, instead of retaining interim manager Mike Quade. The Cubs passed over Sandberg to retain manager Quade in the offseason.
“First of all, the Cubs needed a PR jolt and certainly Ryne Sandberg is a god in Chicago. Chicago’s entertainment is sports, they are so passionate and they love their own. What Hall of Famer goes down and rides buses for five years to pay their dues? … It just made all the sense in the world to give it to Sandberg because he is a hell of a manager.”
Grace was referring to Sandberg’s years as a manager in the Cubs minor league system who later left the organization and became the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies Triple A team.
Quade led the team to a 24-13 finish after taking over on an interim basis following Lou Piniella’s resignation last season.