Ken Rosenthal on Dale Sveum

MLBTR linked an article that was written by Ken Rosenthal that discussed the Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Rosenthal's article Sooner or Later, Sveum's a Goner offers some information I had not yet read. Essentially, the Cubs hired Sveum as a bridge to the a bigger name.

But let’s get one thing straight: The Cubs did not hire Sveum to be a long-term answer. He was the caretaker, the bridge to the big-name manager who would “complete the job” once the team was ready to win.

Sveum knew it. The Cubs knew it. Everyone knew it.

So no one should pity Sveum if the Cubs dump him to hire Joe Girardi or some other manager. Not when Sveum has a year left on his contract, and not when the regressions of several developing Cubs raises the question of whether Sveum is right for a rebuilding club.

Few managers in baseball are employed for many years so common sense informs us that Sveum was not going to be a long-term solution. But just a bridge?

I'm not sure if I believe that. It doesn't really make a lot of sense. What if Dale Sveum turns out to be a great manager? Just fire him and hire big-name-manager to run a better team? I don't t hink so.

It would be foolish of anyone to think that the Cubs Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would do anything other hire Dale Sveum to be the team's manager now and all that applies to any other manager ever still applies. In other words, the Cubs hired a young manager they could pay not a lot of money to and yes, he'd be a caretaker, but which manager isn't if you boil it down? He's there to take care of the team and if or when he fucks it up, he's gone.

That's just how it works. But if Dale Sveum turns out to be just the kind of manager the front office is looking for, they'll keep him.