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“Dale Sveum: the Anti-Bobby V.”

Sep 7, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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It’s been hours since we posted something about Bobby Valentine. Was getting the shakes. Thank goodness for Patrick Mooney at, who reminds us that the guy managing the Cubs could have very easily been managing the Red Sox:

Sveum got a second interview with the Red Sox and appeared to be a favorite before the Cubs closed the deal last November and the Boston brass went in a totally different direction.

Judging only by Sveum’s flat tone, never-defensive mannerisms and easy-going confidence – which are the same almost every day – you would have trouble telling whether he’s managing a team that’s headed toward 100 wins or 100 losses.

Well, we must note, it is 100 losses and they will do far worse than the Red Sox this year.  No arguing that point at all.  One wonders, though, if a guy with a connection to that clubhouse and a different sort of temperament like Sveum has would have stood a better chance than Valentine stood. Which was basically zero.

  1. hushbrother - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Well he certainly picked a douche as his bench coach.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      He seemed to have lost control of his team yesterday.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        He also got tossed in the game the day before that, I believe.

  2. cur68 - Sep 7, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    One wonders, though, if a guy with a connection to that clubhouse and a different sort of temperament like Sveum has would have stood a better chance than Valentine stood


    • recoveringcubsfan - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      We should also remember that Sveum’s Cubs team this year has only 3 or 4 actual MLB caliber players on it, and then a bunch of guys who never got a shot or didn’t deserve one. Even the Red Sox are better than that – by a lot, actually.

      • paperlions - Sep 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Yeah, the Cubs expected to lose 100 games, the Red Sox expected to compete for a division title….based on expectations and talent on the roster, the Red Sox are having a far worse year than the Cubs in baseball terms….in terms of just about everything else, the Cubs are also having a better year.

  3. my5privacy - Sep 7, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Cherington wanted Sveum, Lucchino didn’t want Sveum. Sveum was never offered a contract.

    • gloccamorra - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      And there’s the rub. Cherington has baseball instincts. Larry Lucchino has none. Larry does his best work supervising ballpark construction/ renovation. When John Henry bought that British soccer team and checked out, the Fenway renovation was complete and Larry needed something to do. He decided to bring his brilliance to Boston’s baseball operations. Henry should start the planning for a new Red Sox Spring Training complex and ship Larry to Florida.

  4. j0esixpack - Sep 8, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Reporters often seem to overlook the fact that after the team grew fat and lazy under a player’s manager like Francona, the last thing the Sox brass was going to do was bring in another player’s coach.

    Enduring a year of Bobby V will ensure that the remaining players never again take playing for a guy like Sveum or Francona or Farrell for granted.

    Bobby V was a necessary evil for this team – and I think he played his part well.

    Now don’t be surprised if rumors of the Red Sox being up for sale begin to spring up. Having cut payroll and taking a fresh start with a new manager, and $24 million in new TV revenue for the next owner, the Sox may never have higher value.

    The Dodgers just sold for $1.5 billion – which is twice as much as the current ownership paid for the Sox a few years back (when they also had the NESN sports network thrown in the package as well.)

  5. Francisco (FC) - Sep 8, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    Is it me or does Sveum look like Imhotep in that pic?

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