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Chicago Cubs Fire Mike Quade, Is Ryne Sandberg the Heir Apparent?

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 14:  Mike Quade the manager of the Chicago Cubs watches the action during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 14, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tony BishopCorrespondent INovember 2, 2011

General manager Jed Hoyer and VP Jason McLeod didn't waste any time.

Just a day after being officially introduced to the media, Hoyer and company decided to part ways with Mike Quade, a decision that may have actually happened last Thursday during a day-long meeting, according to ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine.

In a statement released earlier, president Theo Epstein cited the need for a manager with a clean slate in Chicago.

So who is going to replace him?

Levine thinks the top of the list is former Red Sox manager Terry Francona basing it on his existing relationship with the new front office of Epstein and Hoyer. The question, according to Levine, will be if Francona needs time off after the Boston debacle.

Naturally, Cubs fans will want Ryne Sandberg, probably the second-most prominent face for the franchise behind only Ron Santo in the last two decades. Sandberg has been successful in many stops for minor league teams and was openly disappointed when he did not get offered the job last year when the Cubs hired Quade.

According to Epstein, however, the Cubs will look for someone "with Major League experience." Does that eliminate Sandberg as a candidate?

Another interesting option will be Bud Black, the San Diego Padres manager whose boss was Hoyer just two weeks ago when he held the general manager title in San Diego.

One thing is for sure, the Chicago Cubs are owning the media despite their rivals having won the World Series a week ago. The whirlwinds with Epstein and then Hoyer and now Quade are gathering steam and keeping the Northsiders on the front page of sports sections.

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