Today is the day that Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein promised to announce the fate of Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum for the 2014 season.
Over the course of the past week, there has been growing scrutiny of Sveum, in fact, it may be more of a surprise if the Cubs opt to retain Sveum for the 2014 season .
Before Epstein announces the team’s decision, Da Windy City staff puts themselves in Epstein’s position and gives their reasoning why Sveum should be fired or why the Cubs should retain their manager.
- Brandon Cain: Sveum will see a pink slip on Monday. Since his hiring after the 2011 season the Cubs have had two straight 90 plus loss seasons – 101 and 97. This dismal stretch and the lack of significant development in young stars like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro will result in the firing. Sveum has lacked talent to compete in the NL central but Cubs supporters have bought into Theo Epstein’s formula and are expecting results soon. Also, do not be surprised if bullpen coach Lester Strode is also shown the door. Along with Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi and Padres’ special assistant Brad Ausmus, the Cubs should consider their own first base coach Dave McKay to be the franchise’s 57th manager
- Brandon Bender:Everybody already seems to be counting Dale Sveum out, but I think that’s an injustice and disservice to him. For one thing, how can you blame him when the rebuilding franchise focuses more on its minor league system rather than its major league product? Sure, the core players (specifically Castro and Rizzo) have unquestionably regressed. But the fact is, this team was never going to win in the first place, and when losses pile up, player performance is affected. None of that is Sveum’s fault.
- Jordan Campbell: It does not take a rocket scientist to know what is going on with the Chicago Cubs’ managerial position. The Cubs and current Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi are dating but the two sides have to leave their respective spouses before they make it official. That is why Sveum will be fired on Monday, and it is no coincidence that Monday is the same day that Girardi’s contract with the Yankees expires. That is the reason why Epstein has been so transparent when discussing Sveum and why Girardi has “engaged” in discussions about the Yankees plans for next season; because the two sides have to oblige by the rules.