clock menu more-arrow no yes

As was rumored last week, Iowa manager Mike Quade has been named Cubs 3B coach. This is another good signing by Lou Piniella for his staff -- Quade is very highly regarded by almost everyone who's played for Iowa, is seen as a hard worker who prepares well for games, and I like seeing "organizational guys" get a chance to show what they can do at the major league level.

It also is another indication that Piniella is NOT going to do what most managers do when selecting a coaching staff -- the Dusty Baker style of bringing in his old buddies. As you know, I wasn't in favor of the Piniella signing, but if he keeps doing this sort of thing, I may change my mind.

As I wrote last summer when Quade briefly replaced Chris Speier after Speier's DUI arrest, Quade is the eighth man whose name begins with "Q" to wear a Cubs uniform.

Last night, the baseball labor deal was officially announced; the sport will be at labor peace through the 2011 season, the longest such stretch in more than 35 years.

There aren't a lot of substantive changes, but here are some that will have an immediate effect:

The minimum salary increases, from $327,000 this year to $380,000 next season, and amateur draft pick compensation for some free agents who sign with new teams will be eliminated. Players selected in the June amateur draft who aren't college seniors must sign by Aug. 15, taking away the leverage of any threats to remain in school.

In addition, the Dec. 7 and Jan. 8 deadlines for free agents to re-sign with their former teams were eliminated, and management agreed there would be no contraction under the term of the agreement.

Also, the non-tender deadline was moved back from Dec. 20 to Dec. 12, and players who are in the first year of multi-year deals no longer have the right to demand a trade after that first season (as Javier Vazquez did last year after his first year with Arizona).

Finally, the term we so loved to diss Dusty Baker with, his "base-clogging" comment, is well on the way to becoming part of a wider sports vernacular. Check out the Cleveland Browns team comment in this Fox Sports ranking:

The Browns have been stubbornly committed to "establishing the run" early in the game, despite no success doing so whatsoever. Once they turn to the pass, the opponent generally knows what to expect and Charlie Frye has to force a lot of throws. It doesn't help that the offensive line is in shambles -- defenses are especially abusing right tackle Ryan Tucker. Carthon was like those baseball managers who eschew walks because they "clog up the bases". The Browns don't want to gain a first down ON first down, God forbid, 'cause then they'd never be in any short-yardage situations, and half their playbook would go out the window!