Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sveum's job status: 'They have to evaluate'
By Jesse Rogers
MILWAUKEE -- One of the things Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein likes about his manager, Dale Sveum, is his laid-back demeanor. It was on display Wednesday afternoon as Sveum discussed his job status heading into next season -- one day after his boss did the same.
Sveum was asked if he’s hopeful a vote of confidence was coming.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum is signed through next season and has a team option for 2015. The bigger question might be whether management will re-up his contract before the finish of the 2014 season.
“Hopefully that comes 12 days from now,” he said before his team played the Milwaukee Brewers. “They have to evaluate. The same way we evaluate the players. It’s the same thing.”
Sveum is signed through next season and has a team option for 2015. On Tuesday, Epstein indicated the manager wouldn’t be judged on wins and losses as much as player development, in-game strategy and the tone he sets in the clubhouse.
“Some things haven’t gone too well and some things have gone really well,” Sveum said.
The manager was mostly referring to the area of player development -- possibly the most important aspect of his job, considering the Cubs are in the midst of a rebuilding process. There have been mixed reviews of the Cubs' coaches in this department, with the most glaring negative coming from shortstop Starlin Castro’s season. But Castro has been better lately and other young players, including Welington Castillo and rookie Junior Lake, have had decent production.
“We have these jobs to someday get some length out of it, but we all know how baseball jobs come and go very quickly,” Sveum said. “It’s just the nature of the beast.”
Since he is under contract for next season, the bigger question might be about 2015. Will the Cubs exercise the option before the 2014 season begins so that Sveum wouldn’t be a lame-duck manager and players would know whether he would still be their boss the following year?
“It’s a cliché and all that, but I think it helps in some ways and maybe it isn’t a big deal in other ways,” Sveum said. “Who really knows what players think about that.”
So it’s business as usual for the Cubs manager until he hears something different.
To be back with the Cubs, Sveum needs his bosses to give a positive evaluation despite potential back-to-back last-place finishes.
“I would hope to think so, but I’ve been around the game long enough to understand how the whole process works,” he said.