CHICAGO — Mike Quade is out as Chicago Cubs manager with one year remaining on his two-year deal, and Ryne Sandberg won't be considered as his replacement.
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein flew to Florida on Wednesday to personally give Quade the news.
The shocking news was that Sandberg would not be considered. In a statement, Epstein said the next Cubs manager "must have managerial or coaching experience at the major league level."
That would leave Sandberg out of the picture. The highest level he's managed at is Triple-A, and he's never been a major-league coach. The speculation was that if the Cubs did not rule Sandberg out immediately, the groundswell to name him from fans would be deafening.
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Two sources said Epstein spoke with Sandberg to inform him that he wasn't in the team's plans. The conversation was said to be cordial, professional and appreciated by Sandberg.
Almost immediately, Sandberg's name was leaked as a candidate for the St. Louis Cardinals' opening. Foxsports.com columnist Ken Rosenthal reported on Twitter the Cardinals received permission from Philadelphia to interview Sandberg.
Quade went 95-104 after taking over for Lou Piniella in August of 2010.
McCourt to sell Dodgers
NEW YORK — Maybe a "For Sale" sign should be erected outside Dodger Stadium. Team, ballpark, land and television rights available. Price: $1 billion and up.
The process of finding a new owner for the Los Angeles Dodgers began early Wednesday when current boss Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball released a joint statement saying they had agreed to a court-supervised sale of the once-glamorous and now bankrupt franchise.
In the long-term, the deal will allow the Dodgers to move ahead and try to get back to baseball's elite. But the club's fans may well have to endure another season adrift as the sale works itself out.
While the sides hope for a quick deal, giving McCourt the money to pay his divorce settlement by April, MLB sales sometimes drag on for six months to 1½ years. Once bidders are identified, the court is likely to conduct an auction.
The price likely will break the record for a baseball franchise, topping the $845 million paid by the Ricketts family for the Cubs in 2009.
Investors will be solicited by the Blackstone Group, McCourt's investment banker. Dallas Mavericks co-owner Mark Cuban and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle, who lives in California, have been mentioned as possibilities. Former Dodgers Steve Garvey and Orel Hershiser have said they might be interested, as has former general manager Fred Claire.