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Sooner or later, Sveum's a goner

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07:21 AM ET 09.25 | At this point, it may simply be a matter of time. Dale Sveum is a fine baseball man. If he loses his job as Cubs manager, he can simply return to coaching, becoming an asset to any team that hires him. Who knows, maybe one day he would even get a chance to manage again. But let's get one thing straight: The Cubs did not hire Sveum to be a long-term answer. He was the caretaker, the bridge to the big-name manager who would "complete the job" once the team was ready to win. Sveum knew it. The Cubs knew it. Everyone knew it. So no one should pity Sveum if the Cubs dump him to hire Joe Girardi or some other manager. Not when Sveum has a year left on his contract, and not when the regressions of several developing Cubs raises the question of whether Sveum is right for a rebuilding club.

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September 25, 2013  08:51 AM ET

You can dump Sveum, but if Girardi stays in NY what other big name managerial candidate is out there to turn the Cubbies into winners?

September 25, 2013  08:55 AM ET

I don't think the Cubs are at that point where it's time to turn the reins over to someone else. There's been no uptick or real progression with that organization since Theo took over.

September 25, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Don't know if they can pin Castro's and Rizzo's regression on Sveum, but they'll probably try. No hitting at all to speak of on this team. Looks like they're going to need to sign another "caretaker" to be a bridge to the big name manager who will magically "complete the job".
I forget what the job was.

September 25, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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I don't think the Cubs are at that point where it's time to turn the reins over to someone else. There's been no uptick or real progression with that organization since Theo took over.

Agreed. Sveum hasn't had much to work with.

September 25, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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Agreed. Sveum hasn't had much to work with.

I think he'll play out his contract..... then - "HE GONE"......

September 25, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Um, hello? Sooner or later, we're ALL goners! Non-story.

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September 25, 2013  10:47 AM ET

The regression of the Cubs top prospects in the earlier part of the season is what should be more pressing for this franchise. They need to see production from the younger players before they are 30 games back to know what they have. Next season will be a make or break year for more than just the manager.

September 25, 2013  12:18 PM ET

I don't see Girardi being a good fit in Chicago. Don't see Girardi being a patient manager. He is used to managing seasoned veterans. Managing a young crop of Rookies and mediocre players will cause a lot of frustration for Girard. Players and management will take the brunt of Girardi's frustration. That was one thing Sveum had going for him. He was probably swearing inside but outside he showed patience. Epstein hasn't exactly improved the Cubs since he came over from Boston. Yes the Cubs will not lose 100 games this year. They will only lose 95 -98 this year.

September 25, 2013  12:24 PM ET
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Don't know if they can pin Castro's and Rizzo's regression on Sveum, but they'll probably try. No hitting at all to speak of on this team. Looks like they're going to need to sign another "caretaker" to be a bridge to the big name manager who will magically "complete the job". I forget what the job was.

Not sure upon whom else you would pin this. Managers are changed for just and unjust reasons: at some point, you need a different coach to push the players to higher levels. Sveum was coach when Castro lost concentration yet again. That's egregious, but Castro has done that before. Additionally he hs had 20+ errors every season for four seasons - that's more egregious and says that the coach isn't coaching this player well. Castro needs better coaching. The Cubs can get a better manager - even a better caretaker - even if it's not Girardi.

September 25, 2013  12:29 PM ET

We tend to forget that the Cubs have one of the top 3 farm systems in baseball. It became apparent to me this year that Epstein and Hoyer brought in players who had the ability to have resurgent careers (Gregg, Feldman, etc), so they could use them to trade for quality talent. Now, that they have a stacked farm system and some other possible pieces they could move during the off season, this could be the set up of signing a couple really good free agents and Girardi. I believe you will see the results of their work next year and beyond! Smart, smart, smart!!!

September 25, 2013  12:37 PM ET

rather then signing Castro to a long term contract the Cubs should have traded Castro or benched the overrated and under performing SS and played Murphy at SS

September 25, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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I don't see Girardi being a good fit in Chicago. Don't see Girardi being a patient manager. He is used to managing seasoned veterans. Managing a young crop of Rookies and mediocre players will cause a lot of frustration for Girard. Players and management will take the brunt of Girardi's frustration. That was one thing Sveum had going for him. He was probably swearing inside but outside he showed patience. Epstein hasn't exactly improved the Cubs since he came over from Boston. Yes the Cubs will not lose 100 games this year. They will only lose 95 -98 this year.

I recall him doing a damn good job in Flordia with a Marlins team that had obody on it. Thats one of the reasons he was so desired by the Yankees.

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