Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – After two disappointing seasons, the Chicago Cubs have fired manager Dale Sveum, the team announced Monday.
“Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. “Dale has been a committed leader for this team the last two seasons, and I want to thank him for all of his dedication and hard work.”
“I have a lot of admiration for Dale personally, and we all learned a lot from the way he has handled the trying circumstances of the last two years, especially the last two weeks, with strength and dignity,” he added.
Impressed by how prepared he was, Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer named Sveum as the Cubs’ 52nd manager in November 2011.
However, Sveum failed to live up to his promise as the Cubs finished 61-101 in 2012 and ended this year dead last in the National League Central at 66-96.
The Cubs said the coaching staff will be evaluated by the new manager once one is named, though the club has told the coaches they are free to look into other jobs.
During his tenure, Sveum had to deal with developing young players such as Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro aside from making others marketable so they can be traded for prospects as the Cubs try to rebuild.
In 2012, Epstein and Hoyer traded starting pitchers Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm and catcher Geovany Soto. This year, Sveum lost two more starters when Matt Garza and Scott Feldman were dealt.
Later, leadoff man David DeJesus was traded to the Rays and veteran Alfonso Soriano was dealt to the Yankees.
The Cubs used a franchise record 56 different players this season, and only 12 were on the roster for Game No. 162 who were present on Opening Day.
Epstein insisted the Cubs’ record wasn’t the only item on his checklist in evaluating Sveum. Instead, Epstein was looking at the development of young players, in-game decision making and the way Sveum used the roster.