So Long, Sveum

Posted: November 18, 2011 by AisoRed in MLB
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Dale Sveum

It was Boston versus Chicago. Two teams in need of a new manager. The man in the middle? Dale Sveum.

But what makes Dale Sveum such a coveted managerial prospect? He’s only coached 12 regular season games at the major league level!

Let’s take a look at Sveum’s resume as well as some quotes from his presser.

  • After his playing career, Sveum coached the Altoona Curve, the Double-A team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, for three years. His best record was in 2003 with a 78-63 record.
  • He was named Top Managerial Prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America in 2003.
  • In 2008, Sveum took over for Ned Yost and helped get the Brewers into the playoffs. His record in the 12 games he managed was 7-5. The Brewers lost in four games in the NLDS to the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Sveum has 8 years of coaching experience at the big league level between 3rd base coach and hitting coach.
  • He had played under five different managers who have Manager of the Year awards under their belt. They are Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Lou Pinella, Jim Leyland, and Gene Lamont.

Cubs reliever John Grabow, who played for Dale at Double-A Altoona, had this to say about the new manager: “He’s a good manager. Really works hard with the hitters. He was more of a hitting guy when I was in Double-A. He was at the field every day working hard with the hitters. It doesn’t surprise me he got a big league job by any means. If you would’ve asked me in Double-A if he was going to be a major league manager, I probably would’ve said he’s got a pretty good chance.”

Now some quotes from the press conference.

Theo Epstein:

“He is the ideal guy to lead the organization as it continues to grow and teach the Cubs way as we strive to win the World Series,”  Epstein said. “Dale demands a lot of his players but is universally held in high regard by them. That’s a hard thing to pull off.”

“Dale’s personality is sincere, consistent and direct. He has intensity, he is fearless and he is extremely comfortable in his own skin. He’s a very fine person, he’s been a strong coach and he will be a strong manager.”

Dale Sveum:

“To come in a city and place like this is one incredible thing to do,”  Sveum said. “It’s not the easiest thing to do. I know a lot of times, we have to go through an experienced manager. The one thing about being in the game for 30 years is you’ve experienced a great deal. You might have experienced that part of the game, but when you’ve been in it that long, you’ve experienced a great deal.”

On the interest from both Boston and Chicago:

“My head was spinning, but I think the arrow fell in the right spot. It was just a better fit. The arrow stopped with the Chicago Cubs. I’m just happy to be a Chicago Cub.”

On filling in his coaching staff:

“We have a list of our coaches that I want to possibly bring in. We need to sit down and talk to the coaches that are still here.”

There is also speculation that Dale Sveum could ask Robin Yount to be on his staff in Chicago, although Sveum mentioned, “It might not be in his best interests.”  That would be a tough pill to swallow for Brewers fans.

And one thing the Milwaukee Brewers need to keep in mind:
If they do resign Yuniesky Betancourt, Dale Sveum already knows to not throw him a strike.

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