When I saw Dale Sveum holding bunt championships in Chicago Cubs’ spring training, I really thought he could be the right manager to lead this team towards a winning era. Now as they near another 100 loss season, there does not appear to be a lot of progress. Managers are not everything to a Major League Baseball team and for certain a lot of responsibility has to fall with the players for losing the games. Still, the lack of progress is what is troubling and it should trouble the Cubs’ GM enough to let Sveum go this off-season.
I believe he is a good manager but the Cubs just need something different. They had enough pieces of the puzzle this season that they at least should have had periods of time where they were competitive but they were not. Even the ultra-disappointing Los Angeles Angels have had great streaks here and there where you can see the team’s real potential. The same can be said of MLB’s worst teams the Houston Astros and Miami Marlins. Progress is there.
The Cubs have to make a huge change to get progress in motion. Sveum looked like a good candidate and I’m sure he’ll be a good manager somewhere but the Cubs are not the team for him. They should go ahead and put their hat in the ring for other managers coming available this off-season like possibly Mike Scioscia or even third base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Matt Williams.
Something big has to change for the team to make the players and the team believe in themselves again. I would even go so far as to say they could potentially have a few talks with another team’s interim manager; namely the one for the Philadelphia Phillies. What was his name again? Oh, right: Ryne Sandberg. Something huge must change to shift this franchise around in the right direction. Whatever that move is, it can’t be with Sveum at the helm.