The status of Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum is still up in the air. That’s not to say he won’t be in the dugout for the Cubs come the beginning of the 2014 season. Not to say he will either.
According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Sveum met with Cubs team president Theo Epstein, and the “results” of that meeting were that no decision has been made for Sveum and his staff in regards to next season. When asked specifically about Sveum returning for 2014, Epstein did not commit. Epstein also stated there were “no alarm bells to ring”.
The four-hour meeting covered the Cubs roster, Sveum’s staff and personal performance for this season.
Epstein did have some praise for his manager.
“With respect to keeping the clubhouse incident free, I think he’s done a remarkable job,” Epstein said Tuesday. “That really is the first such incident in two very difficult seasons which I think is a feather in Dale’s cap.”
The incident to which Theo may have been referring to recently occurred when Sveum pulled starter Edwin Jackson after only four innings of work. Sveum elected to take his starter out of the game in favor of a pinch-hitter with the Cubs trailing the Milwaukee Brewers by a 2-0 deficit.
Mark Gonzales of Chicago Tribune notes that the two quickly resolved their differences.
Of course, there was another incident during last night’s Cubs-Brewers tilt. The parties involved were pitcher Jeff Samardzija and third base coach David Bell. The video description notes the exchange was over the positioning of first baseman Anthony Rizzo. (VIDEO)
The Cubs currently sit in the cellar of the National League Central division with a record of 63-88. With 11 games remaining in the 2013 season, Sveum’s overall record as the Cubbies skipper currently sits at 124-189 (.396). Sveum replaced Mike Quade after Quade was let go following the 2011 season.
(H/T: MLB Trade Rumors)