2/23 First day of school

Dale Sveum will address the full squad Friday prior to the first workout, and he was finalizing his thoughts the day before.

“You try not to sit there and read off a card or anything, you just start rolling with whatever comes to your mind,” the new Cubs manager said Thursday. “You try to keep it as brief as you can, no doubt about it — not that I’ve made one before.”

Maybe not, but he’s heard his share of first-day speeches from managers.

“You’ve definitely heard them enough and you try to stay away from ones you didn’t care for and get quick and to the point,” he said. “You don’t want people in that room all day long.”

Others expected to address the team are Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.

Sveum also will meet one-on-one with the players for about five minutes each, beginning with Jim Adduci and ending with Alfonso Soriano. Soriano, Starlin Castro, and Junior Lake were the only position players yet to be seen at Fitch Park.

* One other thing Sveum is still sorting out is the lineup. Right now, he’s leaning toward David DeJesus leading off and Bryan LaHair batting fourth. The other spots are to be determined.

– Carrie Muskat

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