Earlier in the day we learned that Maddux was out of the running because of family matters and that was confirmed this evening.
Then word began to leak, starting with this post on ChiTown Nation, that it was Dale Sveum, hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and former 3rd base coach of the Red Sox, that was the Cubs choice.
There was a series of increasingly speculative tweets until Ken Rosenthal tweeted,
@Ken_Rosenthal: Source: Sveum offered job by #Cubs, not #RedSox.
Sveum is supposed to make a decision within the next 24-48 hours but everyone seems to believe he will accept. This includes the Red Sox, who are now expanding their search.
Sveum was a candidate we talked about early in the process but then he got lost in all the attention given to Maddux. In the end, it seems that it was Sveum's knowledge of statistics and the percentages Epstein and Hoyer like to play that won him the job.
Here is what we said about Sveum back in October:
Dale Sveum, Hitting Coach, Milwaukee Brewers
Svuem was the third base coach when Boston ended their 86 year drought in 2004, so he has some familiarity with Epstein and the Red Sox style of managing. He has managerial experience in the Pirates organization and was named the top managerial candidate in 2003 by Baseball America. Sveum has an additional advantage in that he was the hitting coach for the NL Central winning Milwaukee Brewers. That gives him familiarity within the league and the division.
We'll update this, of course, when it becomes official, but for now Sveum looks like they guy.
My favorite tweet of the day was this from CSN's Patrick Mooney,
"Asked if they'd have to recruit Sveum with #RedSox lurking, Hoyer says: "The #Cubs sell themselves."
When it comes to respect, it appears the Cubs are gaining it rapidly. Now let's get some players on this team.
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