Mike Quade, former skipper of the Chicago Cubs and two Midwest League teams, will manage the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, in 2015.
He replaces Gene Glynn, who managed Rochester the past three seasons and will be new Twins manager Paul Molitor’s third-base coach in 2015.
Quade managed the Cubs for their last 37 games of the 2010 season and all of the 2011 season. He also managed 16 seasons in the minor leagues (including three in the Midwest League) and most recently served as a roving outfield/baserunning coordinator in the New York Yankees organization.
Quade’s first Midwest League managerial assignment was the Rockford Expos, in 1989 and 1990. The 1989 team, which included Matt Stairs for 44 games, finished 74-59 and was knocked out of the playoffs by the South Bend White Sox, who went on to win the championship series. The 1990 team finished 56-80.
After five seasons managing at higher minor-league levels, Quade returned to the Midwest League in 1996 as skipper of the West Michigan Whitecaps. That team, featuring future big-leaguer Ramon Hernandez as its starting catcher, finished with a 77-61 record in the regular season and beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the championship series to win the franchise’s first Midwest League title. Interestingly, West Michigan had to beat Rockford in the second round of the playoffs to get to the championship series.