November 16, 2011

The Chicago Cubs Have Found Their Man

Wednesday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox interviewed their one-time third base coach Dale Sveum for their vacant managerial opening.

He was rumored to be the leading candidate for the job.

Late Wednesday night, multiple sources, including Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman, tweeted that Sveum was offered the Chicago Cubs top spot.

Oh, the off season chicanery between the Red Sox and Cubs continues!

The National League Central is familar territory for the 47-year-old.  The former infielder served as the Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach this past season and has been with their organization since 2006. 

And if Heyman is right, this will be the first full-time managerial gig for Sveum who, in September 2008, assumed the reigns of the Milwaukee Brewers after Ned Yost was let go.

His .583 career winning percentage is better than all but two (Frank Chance and Al Spalding) of the 57 skippers (interim and otherwise) in Cubs history.

But, then again...Sveum only managed the Brewers for those 12 regular season games.

"(Dale's a) great guy who finally will get his chance," Sveum's former Brewers teammate Darryl Hamilton told The Hall. "After taking over for the Brewers (in 2008 and) going into the playoffs, I was surprise that this did not happen sooner."

Alright, a quick, random fun fact about Sveum courtesy of Wikipedia, dude played for five different managers who would, at some point, win a Manager of the Year Award...Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Jim Leyland and Gene Lamont.

So...how long until the "Fire Dale Sveum" group on Facebook gets re-activated?


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