Dale Sveum met for nearly half an hour with the veteran players on the Cubs Saturday in his office to get feedback from them about how the season went and asked for any ideas they may have.
“I wanted to evaluate the season and evaluate how we as a staff have done things and if there’s anything we need to change, stuff like that,” Sveum said.
On Tuesday, Sveum will meet one on one with each player. On Saturday, he had a full team meeting to deliver his end of the year message.
“It was just common stuff about preparation and understanding it’s a full-time job and random stuff like that,” Sveum said.
His session with the veterans extended beyond getting feedback.
“It’s something I wanted to talk to those guys about and tell them how much I appreciated their professionalism through tough times and their work ethic,” Sveum said. “All the veterans have pretty good work ethics and go about their business the right way and come to Spring Training ready to go. A lot of it was that, too.”
Players in the closed-door meeting included David DeJesus, Jeff Samardzija, James Russell, Darwin Barney, Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro, Bryan LaHair, Joe Mather, Carlos Marmol and Matt Garza.
— Carrie Muskat