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Theo Epstein won’t say whether Dale Sveum will be back as Cubs manager

Sep 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Cubs president Theo Epstein was asked yesterday whether manager Dale Sveum will be back next season and declined to answer. So does that mean Sveum’s job is truly in jeopardy as he follows up last season’s 61-101 record by going 63-88 this year?

Patrick Mooney of delved a little deeper into Epstein’s quotes, including:

There’s no alarm bells to ring. But that’s a subject that gets addressed as a matter of process (after) the season. We’ve been very upfront about the fact that we’re not evaluating Dale on wins and losses. Our record is more of a reflection of the roster that we’ve put on the field as a baseball operations department and where we are in this building process. So I don’t hold Dale accountable for the record.

Of course, not being held accountable for the record doesn’t mean he’s not being held accountable for anything, and if the Cubs feel Sveum has struggled with, for instance, developing the young building blocks on the roster that could be a reason to fire him as well.

Mooney notes that Sveum is under contract for next season and the Cubs hold a team option for 2015. Epstein has generally offered plenty of praise for the job Sveum has done, but not replying with a simple “yes” when asked if a manager who’s under contract for 2014 will be back in 2014 is certainly open for interpretation.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    No sooner did the fade cream erase the stab wounds in his back than Theo demonstrates he has learned his lessons from his way out the Beanbags’ door so very well.

  2. muskyhunter2542 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Come on back to Milwaukee Dale. We need a good bench coach

  3. fenway22 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Just another Theo screw up. He over paid and out-bid Boston for Sveum 2 years ago. Theo gets way too much credit for the success in Boston. The 2004 teams was largely made up of players drafted or signed by Dan Duquette (who has done a great job in Baltimore in the same time Theo has been in Chicago). The key players on the 2007 team (Beckett and Lowell) were traded for in 2005 while Theo was on his one-month temper tantrum away from the team and he had no part in the trade. He over-paid for Lugo, Rentaria, JD Drew, DiceK and tried to sign or trade for these disasters; Carl Pavano, ARod, Jose Comtrass, Texiteria only to have NY save his ass by offering more money. He left the Red Sox in dire straights but Ben Cherington was able to undo some of the mess by dumping Becket. Gonzales and Crawford and a year later Boston has the best record in baseball with only 8 players om the roster that Theo signed. The Cubs thought they were getting a great baseball mind but what they got was a guy who is nothing more than a glorified scout.

    • ryanrockzzz - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      The cherry tree in your backyard must be picked clean after this post.

    • Uncle Charlie - Sep 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      The received side of this list looks a lot better than the traded away column.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Is it just me or does Dale look at bit like Arnold Vosloo in the Mummy (Im-ho-tep!)

  5. danindelray - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Theo also traded for Schilling, a key part of both champions, and signed Foulke, without whom nobody remembers 2004 for anything. He also drafted Pedey, Papelbon, Lester and Ellsbury, and Okajima wasn’t a bad addition either, at least for that championship year.

    If anyone can get Chicago to the promised land, its Theo. Bank on it.

    • fenway22 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      As I said, he is a good scout. he can draft well but he can’t make good trades and has a poor success rate in FA signings. The Foulke signing is the exception not the norm.

      The Schilling trade was Luchinno. Theo was thee but even he admits it was all Luchini and Werner.

      Many of the key players in 2004; Pedro, Lowe, Tek, Manny, Wakefield, Mirabelli, Damon, Nixon, Youklis all were Duquette players.

      • Uncle Charlie - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Yeah that trade of Garza to the Rangers was a real turd in the punch bowl.

  6. giantssb42champs - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    He gone.

  7. chiadam - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    When a baseball team wins, it’s almost never because of the manager.

    When a baseball team loses, it’s almost never because of the manager.

    • Old Gator - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Understanding, of course, that in the second case, “because of” doesn’t correlate precisely with “the fault of.”

  8. serbingood - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Joe Giraldi’s contract ends this year right? Might be a good time for him to bail NY and go to Chicago. The Yanks of 2014 will be a bigger mess than 2013, so why stick around to go through this all over again.

    In Chicago the expectations are different, and he might actually be a good fit there.

    • derklempner - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      This is an interesting idea, as Joe is a Peoria, IL native and enjoyed more than a few years playing for the Cubs.

  9. thesmedman - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    …especially with Mr Sandberg holding an “interim” title at present in Philadelphia…

  10. materialman80 - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Don’t blame Dale, heck it’s the CUBS, they always lose, that’s what they do!

  11. muskyhunter2542 - Sep 18, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Its the sCrUBS. They will never win anything!!!

    • 78mu - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      Be real.

      My grandfather told me they won the WS in ’07 and ’08!

      • muskyhunter2542 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        I am real. maybe 1907 and 1908.

  12. j0esixpack - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Fenway22 hit the nail on the head

    That being said I’m not rooting against Theo. I’d love to see the Cubs win it all one day as I think Red Sox fans sympathize with Cubs fans and their drought

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