After Lou Piniella's surprise early departure in August, Mike Quade stepped in and led the Cubs to a 24-13 finish to an otherwise forgettable season for their fans.
The team announced Tuesday it has rewarded Quade (pronounced kwah-dee) with a a two-year contract and a club option for a third to be its full-time manager.
I guess Girardi won't be going home.
La Russa returning to Cardinals for 2011 season.
Tony La Russa is coming back for his 16th season with the Cards, and possibly beyond, after two weeks of silence on the issue.
"I haven't been talking much," La Russa said. "But I'm excited. I'm pretty fired up."
Braves release Cabrera.
The Braves have released underperforming outfielder Melky Cabrera. Cabrera, 26, hit .255 with a career-low four homers, 47 RBIs and a .317 on-base percentage in 147 games (458 at-bats) for the Braves, who got him from the New York Yankees last winter as part of the trade that for pitcher Javier Vazquez. He played some at all three outfield positions, though not particularly well at any.
Let's hear from the Melky fans who said the Yanks made a mistake sending him packing.