Did we mention that Cubs manager Mike Quade is in over his head?
Quade told Ryan Dempster he was finished after the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Pirates, and Dempster went off on him. Quade gave right back, and the screaming match continued until Dempster made his way to the tunnel.
Dempster had a 5-3 lead when he was pulled after 87 pitches. The earlier-than-expected removal likely had a lot to do with him missing his last start due to a stomach ailment that sent him to the hospital last weekend.
The Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan points out that Dempster was the first to lobby for Quade as a full-time manager after he replaced Lou Piniella on an interim basis last September. If even Dempster has soured on him now, it wouldn’t seem to bode well for Quade’s future in Chicago.
It was Dempster’s shortest outing since he was torched for seven runs in one-third of an inning by the Diamondbacks on April 28.
Former All-Star first baseman Todd Helton has been charged with driving under the influence after a single-car accident in Knoxville, Tennessee.
According to the sheriff’s report, Helton’s car struck a telephone pole just before 6PM on March 18. He was not seriously injured, but was taken to the hospital for observation. Helton told deputies that he had taken an Ambien a few hours earlier. There was a cup in Helton’s car that “had the odor of an alcoholic beverage.”
Helton’s lawyer says that Helton has entered a treatment program. This was his second DUI arrest in the past six years. He was arrested in Colorado in 2013 while on the disabled list during his final season playing for the Colorado Rockies. He retired that year.
Helton, a five-time All-Star, played for the Rockies from 1997 through 2013, winning three Gold Gloves and collecting 2,519 hits and 369 homers. In 2000 he led the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, RBI, doubles, total bases and hits.