By now you know Lou is done as Cubs manager after today’s game. He has been distracted lately, and he felt it was time to go home and be with his elderly mother. The news as far as the Cubs are concerned is that third-base coach Mike Quade will take over as manager for the rest of the season.
Quade, a local boy, also will be a candidate for the job after this year. Bench coach Alan Trammell was told he will not be a managerial candidate. He will remain as bench coach. Ivan DeJesus likely will take over as third-base coach, and the Cubs will bring up a minor-league roving instructor to fill the vacant coaching position. That means Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg will not be coming.
Got a lot to get to, and I’ll try to update as much as possible. Today’s lineup:
Here are a couple of comments from Lou:
"I talked about it with Jim a day ago, and Jim thought this was the right thing to do. I'm appreciative that I'm allowed to do this, and Ill go home and be where Im supposed to be. I'm going to miss it, there's no question about it. But at the same time, it was very difficult."
I asked Lou if he thought about going home when he announced his retirment a few weeks ago.
"No," he said. "I thought that I could finish out the season. I thought at that time that we could still win a division. It hasnt worked out that way. At the same, time my mother's health came into the equation and things have changed. But, no, I didnt think that going home in, when was it? July. Its only been a month. A month ago. A lot of things have changed in a month.
Carlos Silva threw a simulated game today. He threw 30 pitches, and pitching coach Larry Rothschild said he was happy. Silva will go out on a minor-league rehab assignment, perhaps later this week.
More to come.