James Nosek | Press Box Perspectives Editor/Columnist
If you think Dale Sveum can come to Chicago and help the Cubs win a world series in the next few years, you have another thing coming. After multiple reports about the Cubs offering a deal Wednesday night to Sveum, current Brewers hitting coach and former third base coach for the Red Sox, it looks like it is very likely he will fill Mike Quade’s shows as manager.
Looking at all this negotiation talk, it’s hard to tell if Sveum is the right fit for the Cubbies, he would be going into a Theo Epstein system that he is used to, that’s a plus, but his experience as a manager is what worries me.
Sure everyone has made a big deal about Epstein and his Boston “dream team” coming to Chicago, I have as well, but the thing is, he can only do so much. Just adding Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer doesn’t do anything to the performance on the field, just adds some top names to the front office, sorry Billy Beane.
Now the Cubs needed to fill a managerial role, I understand that, but during this “manager hunt,” the Cubbies are missing out on a lot of off-season lingo. Lately the hot stove has been as hot as ever, so many big names are free agents and wanting to move but the Cubs are looking at four possible inexperienced managers.
Come on Theo; look at the big picture here.
It’s good that a deal is almost done to fill the vacant manager position so the Cubs can start fixing the garbage roster that currently represents the north side. If Epstein doesn’t get the big picture soon, it’s just going to be another typical Cubbies losing season.