Today, the Chicago Cubs introduced Dale Sveum as their new manager.
Sveum is no stranger to Cubs President Theo Epstein as he was the third base coach for the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2005 before joining the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff in 2006.
In September 2008, Sveum became the Brewers interim manager after Ned Yost was abruptly dismissed with two weeks in the regular season. The Brewers went 9-2 under Sveum and clinched the NL Wild Card making their first post-season apperance since 1982. However, the Brew Crew were dispatched by the eventual World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS. The Brewers opted to hire Ken Macha as manager in 2009 but kept Sveum on the coaching staff.
Sveum becomes the 50th Cubs manager since the team last won the World Series in 1908 under Frank Chance (of Tinker to Evers to Chance.) Amongst those who have managed the Cubs in that period include the likes of Joe McCarthy, Rogers Hornsby, Charlie Grimm, Frankie Frisch, Leo Durocher, Jim Frey, Don Zimmer, Don Baylor, Dusty Baker and Lou Piniella not to mention The College of Coaches.
If Sveum can do what no skipper has done since Frank Chance then we can expect of statue of Sveum to grace Waveland Avenue.
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