Why The Chicago Cubs Should Fire Dale Sveum

Over the next two days, I will provide two arguments. The first argument, to be laid out in this article, will be discovering why the Chicago Cubs should fire manager Dale Sveum. The following argument, to be published on Monday, will be the reasons why Sveum should remain the Cubs’ manager.

Sept. 30, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (33) in the first inning against Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

Above all else, Major League Baseball is a “what have you done for me lately” type of business. After all, that would explain why New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been constantly pulled late in games for a pinch hitter, or even left out of the starting lineup during the Yankees’ post-season series against the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers. Lately, the Cubs have been watching post-season baseball from their various off-season homes.

The Chicago Cubs finished the season with a record of 61-101, the third worst record in franchise history, marking the fourth consecutive season that team has failed to earn a spot in the post-season. When you ask most Cubs’ fans, they would tell you that the Cubs record of 100+ losses during the 2012 season does not matter. Reason being Chicago Cubs’ President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer indicated before the season that the Cubs were not going to be a contending team in 2012, and likely for the 2013 season as well. Because of Epstein and Hoyer’s comments before the season and the goals that they laid out, some have gone as far as to call the Cubs’ 2012 season a success.

Looking beyond the Cubs’ record, one would discover that the Cubs identified several prospects that figure to be  a vital part to the team’s long-term success. Those prospects would be outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora, and infielder Javier Baez. The Cubs highlighted three Major League Players in first baseman Anthony Rizzo, second baseman Darwin Barney, and shortstop Starlin Castro that will be the building blocks to the Cubs’ contending in 2014. Lastly, the Cubs secured a top three draft pick for the 2013 first year player draft.

But those successes were all the result of the Cubs’ front office. It was Epstein and Hoyer that signed Soler to a contract and drafted Almora, and it was Tim Wilken that likely recommended the drafting of Baez during the 2011 first year player draft. Had Epstein and Hoyer not established a relationship with Rizzo during their years together with the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres, the pair likely would not have agreed to a trade that sent Rizzo to the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Andrew Cashner. Epstein was the one that has always been verbally committed to Castro being the long-term answer for the Cubs at shortstop, as well as, deciding not to trade Barney during the 2012 season despite several opportunities.

With it being established that it was the front office that was responsible for the Cubs’ successes in 2012, what has Sveum done to contribute to the Cubs’ progression? Sveum may be responsible for the the re-birth of Alfonso Soriano, but Soriano is not a part of the Cubs’ long-term future. There were some a lot of bad Cubs’ games this season. Whether it be because of the team’s lack of defensive ability, mental errors, faulty pitching, or inept offense; there were several instances where Sveum’s goal of having the Cubs prepared for every game was more of a dream than reality. The Cubs have definitely progressed behind the scenes this season, but the public display of this team was certainly flawed. That is the manager’s fault. For that reason, it would be to the best of the Cubs’ benefit to fire Sveum.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/wade.phillips.336 Wade Phillips

    Can him! I’m so tired of Dale I could puke…

  • J. Campbell

    My name is Jordan Campbell, and I’m an idiot.

  • http://twitter.com/_AV8R Bart Bartholomay

    There may be some meat in what you say, but it’s not for the reason you suggest. Dale Sveum was “told” to play as many of the alphabet league players that had arrived on scene. And there could have been many reasons why – I suspect by executive order! However, where Sveum really missed the boat was in his managerial approach to game situations. BORING!! BORING!! BORING!! Was there ever a “let’s see what these guys can do” moment? Rarely, if ever. Bunting, squeezing (suicide or safety), stealing more bases, contact hitting vs hitting away,..none of these were evident in the day-to-day game-play situations. So for this reason, Sveum brings nothing more to the table than ANY of his predecessors over the last 20 years. I say get him out…now!

    Epstein, take your head out of the sand and start negotiations with Ryne Sandberg, in earnest this go around.

  • P. Hertz

    Couldn’t make a point with a pencil sharpener.

  • Smarter than Dale Sveum

    duh not rocket science 61 wins 101 losses all the reasons you need

    • J.M.Chapa

      I’m sure this is not quite as bad as the Mets all time record of 120
      losses. If you want to know whose at fault, just look at a team’s
      turnover in their management staff (not just the managers). A
      team’s management needs to be reviewed by ownership. And,
      ownership needs to put the best team it can afford on the field,
      and secure the additional needed players, during a pennant
      race, as well as drafting the best players (not the needs of a
      team, as there are numerous free agents for that). No, this does
      not sound like what the Cubs have done in the past, but what
      they are currently now doing!

  • J.M.Chapa

    I think this article is full of it. For one thing, the manager was only
    in his first year. Only a Bobby Valentine – Type would get fired
    after one year as manager. Secondly, the Cubs are in a
    rebuilding mode which means that the Cubs Management
    traded away, while the season was in progress, players that
    had an impact on the Cubs’ winning! That’s like taking away
    half of Col. Custer’s staff, and replacing them with shave tails,
    while he was conducting the battle at the Little Big Horn!

    Additionally, the Cubs are starting to bring up their young
    players. You do not throw young players into a Test of
    Fire right at the start, especially when the team is not even
    in a pennant race. Look what LaRussa did to Rick Ankiel.
    Who knows where the Cardinals would be today with
    Ankiel as their third ace? The Angels did the same thing
    to Tyler Chatwood during their 2011 Pennant race, and
    just about ruined their prospect (21, at the time). That’s why
    teams stock up on veteran pitchers in July, while in the
    middle of a pennant race.

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