Cubs Manager Quade says Scuffle “No Big Deal”
March 4, 2011 Leave a comment
After an in-game dugout scuffle between Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva and third baseman Aramis Ramirez, manager Mike Quade held a team meeting and says that there is no ill-will between teammates in the clubhouse (ESPN News Link).
The Cubs got off to a very slow start in their spring training game yesterday against the Brewers, committing a couple errors, including one by Ramirez. Silva allowed six first inning runs after the Cubs accumulated three errors in the field behind him. In between innings, Silva confronted Ramirez, and the two were said to be involved in a shoving match soon after.
Quade did not expect either of the veterans to apologize to each other, but stressed in his team meeting that the club has to find better ways to exhibit their frustrations. Last year, the Cubs suspended pitcher Carlos Zambrano after he had a profanity-laced outburst in the dugout then scuffled with former first baseman Derrek Lee. Zambrano was also forced by the club to seek anger management assistance, and the Cubs feel comfortable where the flame-throwing is mentally.
The Cubs need order in their clubhouse. Yes, this was a small incident between two veteran players. However, coming off a season last year that had a huge fissure in team unity, the Cubs can ill-afford to relapse into bedlam. Quade needs to offer a voice of guidance, which it appears he has to diffuse the situation. Time will tell if these problems continue to flare up for a team that want to remain competitive this season and reach the postseason.