The manager's name?
Looks like it will be Dale Sveum
"Closer's in the game"
In case you haven't heard, here's the latest:
[Brewers hitting coach Dale] Sveum ... was offered the Cubs job Wednesday after early front-runner Mike Maddux indicated family concerns would keep him from accepting a move from Dallas, where he has been the Rangers’ pitching coach the last three seasons.
An announcement on Sveum’s hiring in Chicago was expected by Friday.
Carrie Muskat reports that President Theo says the game is almost over ...
“We’ve got our closer in the game,” Epstein said. “We’ve got to get the 27th out.”
The Cubs interviewed Sveum, Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr., and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale. Maddux apparently has withdrawn from consideration for family reasons.
When asked if Epstein had told any of the candidates they were no longer in contention, he said no.
Does being in the final inning mean they could name a manager as early as Friday?
“You’ve seen lots of different kind of ninth innings — one, two, three, walk, hit batter, sac bunt, walk,” Epstein said.
So the Cubs have settled on the candidate with the hardest name to pronounce. Need some help? If my haiku above doesn't make it clear, just click here.
Paul Sullivan reports it's all over but the press conference:
The Chicago Cubs' managerial search is over: Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum has accepted the job of succeeding Mike Quade in the Cubs' dugout.
The Cubs had no comment on reports Wednesday night that Sveum had been offered the job. Sveum did not return phone calls Thursday.
Sveum, 47, will be introduced as the next Cubs manager Friday as president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer turn to the gargantuan task of rebuilding the 91-loss team.