Per Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs fired Dale Sveum today. Honestly, I would have been okay with this whichever way it went. I was never super enamored with Sveum, but I don't think he's awful either. The best guess is that Sveum was fired due to some combination of:
- Starlin Castro regressed big time this year
- Anthony Rizzo did not improve as much as expected, though I don't think the Superfriends were expecting an All-Star year or anything
- Joe Girardi is available
Unlike the previous front office, I do feel fairly confident that Sveum was NOT fired as some sort of scapegoat for the team's record, to placate the fans. The rest of the coaching staff is probably on the way out too, which is kind of a bummer. I thought Bosio did a decent job as pitching coach, and Dave McKay seemed to have a big impact on Alfonso Soriano in particular.
The Cubs will make a push for Girardi, but my gut tells me they'll end up with someone else. But at the same time, if they hire another relatively inexperienced guy like Gammons favorite Brad Ausmus, firing Sveum feels kind of pointless. At least they don't have to worry too much about the Yankees wanting to hang onto Girardi, since they likely need a rebuild of their own in the near future.