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10/27/2006 4:07 PM ET
Cubs add three to Major League coaching staff
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The Chicago Cubs today announced that the club has added Mike Quade as third base coach, Matt Sinatro as first base coach and Lester Strode as bullpen coach.

Quade, 49, will also serve as the club's outfield and base running instructor. He has been in the Cubs organization since 2003, and has compiled a 283-274 managerial record with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs for the past four seasons. He brings 19 years of minor league coaching experience, including 17 years as a manager in which he compiled a 1,207-1,160 record and two league championships.

Prior to joining the Cubs organization, Quade spent three seasons as the Oakland Athletics Major League first base coach from 2000-2002. In 1999, he led Triple-A Vancouver to the Pacific Coast League and Triple-A World Series championships. He also guided Single-A West Michigan to the 1996 Midwest League title in his first season in Oakland's organization.

Sinatro, 46, will also serve as the club's catching instructor. The 2007 season will mark his 27th in baseball and will be his first Major League assignment since serving as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays bullpen coach from 2003-2005 under manager Lou Piniella.

Sinatro was also a member of Piniella's coaching staff with the Seattle Mariners from 1995-2002, as the club advanced to the post-season in 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2001. Prior to that, he served as a Major League Advance Scout for Seattle from 1993-1994. The former catcher played in 140 Major League games with the Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers and Seattle Mariners from 1981-1992.

Strode, 48, has been a part of the Cubs' field staff for 18 years, including the last 11 as the Cubs' minor league pitching coordinator. Prior to his coordinator duties, he spent the 1994-1995 campaigns with the Major League club as a pitching assistant.

Strode began his Cubs coaching career as a pitching coach in the minor league system from 1989-1993, including stops in Wytheville (Rookie) in 1989, at Peoria (A) from 1990-1991, at Winston-Salem (A) in 1992 and Daytona (A) in 1993. He pitched professionally from 1980-1988 in the Kansas City, Baltimore, St. Louis and Cubs farm systems.

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