Chicago Cubs Moving in the Right Direction After Firing Mike Quade

Ryan NeimanContributor IIINovember 2, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 27: Mike Quade #8 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after the Brewers score a run during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on August 27, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Theo Epstein, the new Chicago Cubs club president, made his first major and most likely easiest decision this offseason, when he decided not retain Mike Quade as their manager for the upcoming 2012 season.

Quade had one more year left in his contract and in his first full season as a manager, he guided the Cubs to a forgettable 71-91 record.

Former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was blasted by the media and fans after he announced he would bring back Quade for the 2011 over fan-favorite and hall of famer, Ryne Sandberg. 

Quade would turn out to be another bad judgment call by Hendry.

It was an obvious move by Epstein to help ease the Cubs out a nearly decade long era of a Cubs organization controlled by Jim Hendry.

However, for Cubs fans to believe they will be contenders next season because of the arrival of the magician, Epstein, they need to hold off on the World Series parade.

It is going to be a long road and process for Epstein to turn around these Cubs, as he will need to make some major moves this winter to improve this ballclub. 

Some of the hardest tasks Epstein has yet to face is if he is willing resigning Aramis Ramirez and trying to find a suitor for Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Zambrano.

And of course, will Epstein enter a bidding war for either Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder?

Some other, but not daunting issues include: Who will be the fifth starter in the rotation and  what will the back-end of the bullpen look like.

A complete overhaul is not necessary for the Cubs, but an eager fanbase awaits what Epstein can do to change the losing culture at the Friendly Confines.

The firing of Mike Quade is a minuscule move for Epstein, but it is a sign things are moving in the right direction.