The Cubs conducted the second interview for their managerial opening on Monday. Current Brewers’ hitting coach Dale Sveum became the second candidate to go through the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer interview process.
Dale Sveum was asked about winning now and he said when dealing with the Cubs and any major market team you are expected to win that year and not be rebuilding. Sveum, who has a history with both Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, told the media he did not talk about the Cubs plans with Epstein and Hoyer but “understands that rebuilding is not in their vocabulary.”
While Sveum was interviewing, another managerial candidate made headlines. Mike Maddux withdrew his name from the Red Sox’s manager search citing family issues as the reason. In the statement released by the Red Sox, Maddux left the door open in regards to the Cubs job.
Soon after the interview with Dale Sveum concluded, the Cubs announced they would be interviewing Mike Maddux on Wednesday.
Speculation is that Mike Maddux is now the favorite to land the Cubs job after what transpired on Monday afternoon.
Here are a few tidbits from Dale Sveum’s time with the Chicago Media.
- Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod and Randy Bush spent five hours with Sveum on Monday.
- When asked what type of manager he would be, Sveum responded with stoic and explained he does not show a lot of emotion … except when arguing with umpires.
- Dale Sveum’s nickname is ‘Nuts’.
- Sveum said the one thing he’s done in all of his years is pay attention. Sveum explained that he’s been able to learn the game from “a lot of good people” and “a lot of good managers.” Sveum played for Tony LaRussa, Lou Piniella, Joe Torre, Jim Leyland and Gene Lamont.
- When the subject of Prince Fielder was brought up, Sveum responded by saying he is one of the favorite players he’s ever coached.
- Reportedly Sveum “prepares meticulously for games, using video and statistics.”
As expected, the Cubs announced the hiring of Joe Bohringer on Monday. The Cubs added an impressive piece to their front office by naming Bohringer the Director of Pro Scouting.
Bohringer, 41, has been in professional baseball for 22 years and will take a little responsibility away from Tim Wilken, who was the Director of Pro and Amateur Scouting under the previous regime. While Wilken will report to Jason McLeod, Bohringer will report to GM Jed Hoyer.
Stay Tuned … The Cubs are still expected to interview Sandy Alomar, Jr. for their managerial opening. Alomar is scheduled to meet with the Red Sox on Wednesday.
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