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Cubs officially hire Dale Sveum as manager

Nov 17, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

Dale Sveum AP

Well, it’s officially official.

According to ESPN’s Gordon Edes, the Cubs have announced that Dale Sveum will become the team’s next manager. He’s to be introduced at a press conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday in Chicago.

Sveum was offered the job on Wednesday evening after a second in-person interview, then issued his official acceptance on Thursday afternoon after recieving a visit at his hotel from new Cubs president Theo Epstein and new Cubs GM Jed Hoyer.

The now-former Brewers hitting coach has only managed on an interim basis in the major leagues, but he was regarded as a rising star in the profession down in the minors and he should have no trouble picking up the intricacies of the job at the next level. Sveum was also a candidate for Boston’s opening, but they’re now expected to extend their search into next week and there are reports that it might even last into December.

Sveum becomes the 52nd manager in Cubs history. He was given a three-year contract.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    An interesting choice, and a sold choice. Welcome, Dale!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 17, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Solid* oops.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    I think Theo Epstein hires managers based on the fact that they will never have nicer hair than him.

  3. bozosforall - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Cubs WIN, Red Sux LOSE


    • JBerardi - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      Based on what? Boston didn’t want him.

  4. lovesmesomeme - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Wait a minute, didn’t the Red Sox want to hire him? What’s going on here?

  5. blueintown - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    The Cubs announce the hiring of Dale Sveum as their new manager..and then trade him to Boston as compensation for Theo Epstein. The search for the new Cubs manager will begin immediately. And it’s not going to be Ryne Sandberg.

  6. ditka96 - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Only time will tell but I think this is a great move for the Cubs. I thought that he should have been given a shot at the Brewers job when they hired the cardboard cutout Ken Macha.

  7. whitecastleisafoodgroup - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    Huh. Sveum has only managed on an “interim basis”. When Theo counted out Sandburg, didn’t he say he wanted much more than that particularly in the post-season?

    I’m not upset at all with the choice but I’m trying to figure out what Ryno did to piss off people. He seems to be getting a very polite cold shoulder. Interesting.

    Oh well. Go Cubbies!

    • humanexcrement - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM

      Honestly, it’s completely clear that the Cubs don’t ever want Sandberg to be their manager, for whatever reason. It’s basically the same thing the Yankees went through with Don Mattingly, except they only passed him over once. It’s weird seeing Mattingly in a Dodgers uniform, he’s always going to be a Yankee in everyone’s mind, and it’s going to be weird seeing Ryno in any uniform other than the Cubs’ blue pinstripes. But it’s going to happen. They just plain don’t want him as manager. And the thing that bothers me is Theo Epstein talking about how much experience he wants in a manager. They’ve got a losing team mired in bad contracts. The only option is to rebuild. An experienced manager isn’t going to take this job. Even the Red Sox and Cardinals, which are legitimate contenders, are most likely both going to go with inexperienced managers. The Cubs did too, all the while championing experience. I think what they were really doing was justifying passing over Sandberg yet again. He’s never going to be manager of the Cubs. They don’t want him.

    • ohleee - Nov 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      Interesting, indeed. I’ve been wondering the same thing myself, but when I ask why Ryno is not considered a viable candidate I get some incomprehensible hooey (“There are 100s of minor league managers with more experience and that have as much or more respect from their players…”) or just a lot of thumbs down.

      The really curious thing is that the fans seem totally pissed at him, while baseball people including the media, are, as you put it, politely ignoring him.

  8. humanexcrement - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    I hope the Cubs give Sveum a real chance to make this work. I think front offices in all sports are too quick to fire coaches and managers. It wasn’t Trey Hillman’s fault that the Royals couldn’t change 20 years of suckitude in one season. And I really doubt there’s any man alive that could take the Cubs and turn them into a champion overnight. Yet if they have one bad season, they’ll can Dale Sveum and his managerial career will have a black mark at its start.

  9. blueintown - Nov 18, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Sandberg has been passed over by every other major league team with a managerial vacancy the past few years. The Cubs don’t have exclusive rights to him. It’s not a cold shoulder or disrespectful or anything like that. Sandberg is not entitled to the job. It’s time to get over it. Enough with this history and tradition malarkey. Your history and tradition sucks.

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