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Cubs manager Dale Sveum will learn his fate Monday

Sep 26, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Dale Sveum is expected to find out Monday whether he’ll return for another season as Cubs manager, according to Carrie Muskat of

Sveum is under contract for 2014, but Cubs president Theo Epstein declined to say that he’d be back and Sveum himself has expressed some doubt during the past week or so because of that uncertainty.

Muskat reports that Sveum and his entire coaching staff will meet Monday with Epstein, and as Sveum said yesterday: “I’m not going to sit here and lie and say you’re not wondering what’s going to happen.”

Sveum has a 127-194 (.396) record in two seasons as Cubs manager, including 66-93 this year, but Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have repeatedly said that his record won’t be the determining factor.

  1. rollinghighwayblues - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Sveum reminds me of Bo Porter. Seems like a good guy, a good baseball guy, but when you look at the guys they run out there, neither of them have a chance to win 80 games a year. Both teams are young and need more time to mature in order for them to be marginally good.

    Talk about a depressing upcoming weekend for Sveum.

  2. hojo20 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    The Cubs should put Donald Trump on CSN Chicago and talk to Sveum. “You’re fired”

  3. psousa1 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Remember when the Boston media was up in arms because they didn’t get Dale Sveum as manager. St. Theo thought he had beaten the Sox on this one. People in Chicago, if they haven’t already, are going to realize he is not all that as he liked to project in Boston. If something worked Baseball Ops was the reason why. If it failed it was ownership shoving something down his throat.

    It worked because he had a blank checkbook, a president who knew the importance of checks and blances and was rarely questioned by ownership. If he was he went to Peter Gammons to write a story skewering Lucchino, et al.

  4. jeffbbf - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    This has nothing to do with Theo. In general, I think Cub fans and the knowledgeable baseball world have been giving Cub management positive reviews for what they’ve done to build the program – pretty much from scratch. It’s been painful, and many of the bandwagon fans have dropped off and gone back to roller blading along the lake. Sveum has not been 2nd-guessed too much re: tactics, like Quade was. He runs a decent game. The starting pitching has been very good considering the personnel, and the bullpen has pretty awful – but at least Hoyer brought in Gregg to get some control over the end of games. What Sveum will have to answer for is the retreat seen by Castro, Rizzo, and Barney. The obvious question will be: Can Dale Sveum continue to develop the young talent the Cubs have built in the minors? If Theo and Hoyer don’t think so, Sveum is out.

  5. tysmitty21 - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Sveum might be getting screwed in this situation: His teams have been terrible, and there’s not much he could have done about it. Yeah Castro/Rizzo/Barney have regressed, which isn’t good. But guys like Wood/Castillo/Lake have done well.

    Overall, though, Theo may have hired Sveum to be the “care-taker” as Ken Rosenthal suggested… Knowing that when the Cubs were closer to winning, they’d go after a big-name guy. It will be interesting to see what happens on Monday, but I trust Theo and the future.

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