Cubs starter Ryan Dempster has thrown his support behind interim manager Mike Quade to get the full-time gig.
"He's done a great job and I hope that he's here longer than just this year," Dempster told the Chicago Tribune 's Paul Sullivan . "I hope he's managing for us next year because he deserves it. He's done everything they've asked, and everyone in here really likes him."
The Cubs are 21-11 under Quade and 14-3 on the raod.
"The record speaks for itself," outfielder Marlon Byrd said. "The way we're playing, the way we're executing, just all-around."
Byrd said he wanted Quade back, but wasn't going to lobby for him.
"That's not my job at all," Byrd said. "[Jim] Hendry has a better feel than I do. He knows what he wants to do."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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