After only two seasons as the Chicago Cubs‘ manager, Dale Sveum is out. The hand-picked skipper from new Cubs’ management didn’t last long as it turns out. But that will happen when your team only wins 127 games in two years and your top two young players are regressing.
Sveum came to the Cubs with a proven track record as a hitting coach, but it just didn’t translate well to the manager position. Maybe, if given more time and talent to work with, he could have turned things around. However, management just didn’t see that as being the case. It looks like Sveum is destined to be a career assistant, but he’ll easily find work again with a team in 2014.
So that brings us to the all important question – who will the Cubs hire for their next manager?
The name at the top of the list in most fans’ minds is none other than former-Cub Joe Girardi. The current New York Yankees‘ skipper is currently a free agent, as his three-year deal with the team just expired. Girardi recently said that he expects contract negotiations with the Yankees to begin fairly quickly and that he doesn’t like to draw things out. But at the same time, you’d think the Cubs already have a plan in place if they axed Sveum just one day into their offseason.
Girardi is a proven winner with a clear connection to the Cubs. Given the massive amount of young talent that will be coming to Chicago in the next couple of seasons, the team is going to need an experienced skipper that the players will respect. With World Series already under his belt and with an era coming to an end in New York, I believe Girardi is going to want a new challenge. Let’s be honest, there’s no bigger challenge in sports than to get the Cubs back to the top of the mountain, a place they haven’t been since 1908.