The Chicago Cubs have unceremoniously fired manager Dale Sveum after just two seasons at the helm, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
“Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager,” team president Theo Epstein said in a statement. “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.”
Epstein had signed Sveum to a three-year deal prior to the 2012 season. The Cubbies were not expected to compete in either 2012 or 2013, and Epstein made sure the public understood that Sveum was not fired because of his poor win-loss record (66-96 in 2013 after a 61-101 campaign in 2012).
Instead, Rosenthal reports the franchise’s front office was not pleased with a perceived regression in the development of the team’s young stars.
With Sveum’s departure, Epstein and his staff presumably set their sights on Yankees skipper Joe Girardi. The former catcher graduated from Northwestern and played for the Cubs for a portion of his career. His contract with New York is up after this season, and Chicago has the type of money available to enter a bidding war with the Yanks should they so desire.
[H/T: SB Nation]