Cubs stick with Quade

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have settled on Mike Quade as the team's new full-time manager after an impressive late-season audition, agreeing to a two-year contract with a club option for 2013.

Quade took over as the Chicago skipper on August 23 following Lou Piniella's abrupt retirement the day before and led the Cubs to a 24-13 record over the season's final 37 games, the second-best mark during that span. Only the Philadelphia Phillies posted a better record.

The 53-year-old Quade completed his eighth season with the organization, as he previously served as Chicago's third base coach for nearly four seasons before replacing Piniella. He also spent four seasons from 2003-06 as manager of the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, guiding the club to a 289-279 mark, a pair of first-place finishes and one appearance in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series (2004).

An Illinois native, Quade compiled a 1,213-1,165 record during his 17 years as a manager at the minor league level. He won a pair of minor league manager of the year awards with Double-A Harrisburg in 1991 and with Triple-A Ottawa in 1993.

Quade also served as Oakland's first base coach from 2000-02.


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