The Chicago Cubs have Dale Sveum under contract through the end of the 2014 season. All predictions are that the Cubs will be abysmal this year and probably again next year if they don’t do serious damage in the free agent market. Will Sveum get another contract if he manages a team that losses more than 90 games each year?
I feel bad for Sveum because the number of losses has nothing to do with his managerial skills. Sveum has been given a lack of talent by the front office, but in Major League Baseball teams expect results no matter what the level of ability on the field.
If the Cubs do in fact go looking for a new manager, will they again turn their attention to Ryne Sandberg? The Cubs legend will be coaching 3rd for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013. Most baseball people assume that since Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel is in the last year of his contract, and that Sandberg will be next in line. The Phillies have made it clear that Sandberg is not a lock for the job and he is able to take a job with another club if he gets the offer.
Sandberg spent his early coaching years in the Cubs organization. He managed the Cubs’ Single-A team in 2007 and 2008, their Double-A team in 2009, and Triple-A team in 2010. Every Cubs fan out there assumed Sandberg would be our next big league manager. There are even unconfirmed rumors that he was promised the job in exchange for his years in the lower levels of the Cubs system. When Sveum was hired Cubs fans were shocked. It looks like the Cubs will get one more crack at Sandberg if they want it.
The real question is, would Sandberg come back in the Cubs asked him? The Phillies are an organization that continues to put quality players on the field, while the Cubs don’t traditionally spend big money in free agency. Ryne was worshiped at Wrigley and most expect he would be more than happy to return, but he was also a competitor and he may choose to stay with a club that offers him a real chance at winning.
By Reid Lester