Late Wednesday night, reports emerged that the Chicago Cubs had offered their vacant managerial position to Dale Sveum. Sveum was considered a candidate with both the Cubs and the Boston Red Sox, but on Thursday, word's out now that he has accepted the offer from Chicago.
Sveum will be formally introduced at a Friday press conference at Wrigley Field. The first order of business will be explaining to people that the V sounds like a W, so, no, his name is not pronounced how you want to pronounce it. Not all V's sound like W's - if they did, we wouldn't need V's - but this V does, and it might take some getting used to. It took me some getting used to, and I assume everybody is the way that I am.
Sveum had most recently been serving as the batting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. He managed the Brewers for 12 games in 2008 after Ned Yost went away and went 7-5 for a winning percentage of .583. That is a fantastic winning percentage, so it's obvious to see why Sveum was so highly desired. The Cubs have finished with a winning percentage at least that high just once since 1945. He will get them turned around for sure!
How will Sveum do as the Cubs' next manager? No idea. Absolutely no idea. Even after he's been managing there for a while, we'll have no good idea how he's doing. Managers. So tricky.
Sveum gets a three-year contract, with an option. He could still be fired at any point. Conceivably even tomorrow. That would be weird.