It was only a matter of time before Dale Sveum would get hired by another organization after he was let go by the Chicago Cubs last week. It really should not be a surprise to anyone that former colleague and longtime friend Ned Yost would be the one to do it. There is no question it was a smart move that should pay off greatly for the Kansas City Royals.
The Royals have decided to let bench coach Chino Cadahia and third base coach Eddie Rodriguez go, which means Sveum will likely take one of those jobs. He held both positions with the Milwaukee Brewers when Yost was the manager from 2003-2008. Sveum was the bench coach for two seasons (2006, 2007) and then switched over to third base coach. He was named the interim manager for the end of the 2008 season after Yost was fired prior to Milwaukee clinching their first postseason berth in 26 years.
“He’s a great guy and a great teacher,” Yost said, according to Royals.com. “When I hired him, Robin Yount came with him and Robin told me — and I didn’t know Dale — that he’d be the best coach you ever had, and he was right. He was phenomenal, he was on top of everything, paid attention to the detail, was a tremendous teacher and helped develop all those young infielders over there. Did a great job in everything I asked him to do.”
Sveum has been a very successful baseball coach for a long time, with the only exception being his two-year managerial stint in Chicago. In his defense, the Cubs dealt him a very bad hand. They expected him to win despite a team with very little talent. In fact, the organization traded away Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus, Scott Feldman and Matt Garza in during the season.
The good news for Kansas City is that Sveum has a great relationship with Yost and has always been good with the players. He should improve the team in several areas as they attempt to clinch a postseason berth in 2014.