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08:14 AM ET 08.23 | In addition to firing six scouts Wednesday, the Cubs also endured some critical comments from Dale Sveum. [Since July 31], the Cubs are hitting .216 with a .287 on-base percentage and a .347 slugging percentage, averaging 3.4 runs per game. The team earned-run average is 5.20, and they've been outscored 111-72. [Sveum] considers himself a patient man. But even for Sveum, watching this brand of baseball has been difficult. "Obviously, we went in completely the opposite direction," Sveum said before Wednesday's game in Milwaukee. "I'm not going to lie to you and say it doesn't get frustrating to lose and be behind in ballgames constantly to where the closer has, I think, three save opportunities the month of August."

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August 23, 2012  08:32 AM ET

It could be worse Dale, you could have gotton the Red Sox job.

August 23, 2012  08:58 AM ET

"But even for Sveum, watching this brand of baseball has been difficult."

Yeah, I find NL ball difficult to watch too.

August 23, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Wait till next year.

August 23, 2012  09:14 AM ET

You knew it when you took the job the Cubs had a long way to go and patience is the name of the game. Your Cubbies are thinking about one thing now, the end of the season, and getting my golf swing in tune.

August 23, 2012  09:26 AM ET

Wonder what miracle Theo is planning on pulling off during the winter?

August 23, 2012  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It could be worse Dale, you could have gotton the Red Sox job.

Indeed. Sveum will have a job next year. Valentine won't, although he will get a years salary as a lovely parting gift.

August 23, 2012  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"But even for Sveum, watching this brand of baseball has been difficult."Yeah, I find NL ball difficult to watch too.

haha, well played

August 23, 2012  10:50 AM ET

It happens. It has to happen. You've got to tear down and rebuild from scratch occasionally to get good. The Cubbies coasted by on mediocre for decades. This is painful, but it is the only way to go.

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August 23, 2012  12:19 PM ET

Theo Ball!!! Nickels and Dimes!!!

August 23, 2012  01:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Wonder what miracle Theo is planning on pulling off during the winter?

I'd give Theo the benefit of the doubt atleast for a couple of years...

But I doubt Mr. Sveum will be around to see the results... I'd give him until mid-next year...

Francona anyone?

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August 23, 2012  06:19 PM ET

What the heck was Sveum expecting when he signed with the Cubbies? Even the biggest long-shot Louie at Hialeah wouldn't put a fin on the Cubbies improving anytime soon.
*flips quarter to Firesign Theatre*

August 23, 2012  07:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It could be worse Dale, you could have gotton the Red Sox job.

and been with the red sox as a manager would had have been the worse nightmare for dale,,,

August 23, 2012  07:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Why, because there's actually strategy?

I didn't know sac bunts and striking out was strategy.

August 23, 2012  08:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"But even for Sveum, watching this brand of baseball has been difficult."Yeah, I find NL ball difficult to watch too.

Not a fan of strategy, huh?

August 23, 2012  08:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Why, because there's actually strategy?

Sorry, didn't mean to be repetetive. I just saw this comment......

August 23, 2012  09:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It could be worse Dale, you could have gotton the Red Sox job.

Et tu JNorman

 
August 23, 2012  10:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

What the heck was Sveum expecting when he signed with the Cubbies? Even the biggest long-shot Louie at Hialeah wouldn't put a fin on the Cubbies improving anytime soon.*flips quarter to Firesign Theatre*

Ja hey der, why don't you make some vaudeville references while you're at it, grandma?
*flips bird to KenoshaMarkie*

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