”He is one of the more talkative players,” Sveum said. “He comes into the office and talks and sits down. Yeah, I have got to know him pretty well. He just wants to (talk) a little bit. It’s refreshing, really. You don’t want your players to be afraid to come into the managers office and just (talk).”
The Cubs are looking for Garza to lead the staff and improve on what was a productive 2011 season despite only posting 10 wins which tied Ryan Dempster for the team lead. The one area Garza needs to improve in is fielding bunts and making good throws to the bases.
“I think we have some of that ironed out,” Sveum said. “That’s something he has concentrated on and found out the way to do it is be more aggressive in PFPs (Pitchers' Fielding Practice).”
Sveum does not mind the aggressive way Garza talks to the opposition during games from the dugout well.
“That’s part of the game. You don’t restrain that,” Sveum said. “David Cone was like that. It is kind of entertaining sometimes, but you don’t let it get out of hand. The four days David Cone did not pitch were probably the most entertaining days of all.”