Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum

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Dale Sveum is out after two seasons as Chicago Cubs manager, according to an industry source.

Sveum’s dismissal comes 13 days after team president Theo Epstein declined to give Sveum, 49, a vote of confidence despite saying there were “no alarm bells to ring” regarding the manager. Epstein said Sveum’s future was part of the annual process of evaluations throughout the organization and that the manager wasn’t to be judged on wins and losses.

The Cubs lost 14 of their final 18 games and finished 66-96.

However, it was apparent that Epstein and his staff were disappointed with other areas in which Sveum was to be evaluated, such as the development of young players, in-game decision-making, use of the 25-man roster, the ability to “create a culture of accountability, hard work and preparation, and the ability to develop a strong trust with his players.”

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Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)

1 Comment

  • Al

    No surprise. The first transitional manager was never meant to stay — or they would have promoted Ryno, when they had the chance. They didn't want to do this to a hometown favorite and risk the fans turning against them. You never keep the first pancake.

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