9/18 Sveum: “I understand the process”
On Tuesday, Theo Epstein said Dale Sveum was being evaluated just like the players, and wouldn’t say definitely whether he would return as the Cubs manager. Sveum said Wednesday he understood the process and expected to know his future once the regular season ends.
“We’ve been in good communication through all this, and I understand that they go through what they have to go through on their end as far as the evaluation of myself and the coaching staff,” Sveum said Wednesday about conversations he’s had with Epstein. “That’s basically where we are. It’s the same as last year and it’ll always go on. That’s the way it is.”
The Cubs lost 101 games in Sveum’s first year at the helm and have lost 88 so far with 11 games to go. Did Sveum feel he was safe for next year?
“I would hope to think so,” he said. “I’ve been around the game long enough to understand how the whole process works. I’ve been happy with the way we’ve done things. Some things haven’t gone too well and some things have gone really well. I’m happy with my coaching staff and all that. That’s up to [the front office] and they’re the bosses, and they make those decisions and they have all kinds of things to evaluate.”
One of the criteria Epstein said he was using to evaluate Sveum was the development of young players such as Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. Both have struggled this season.
“”We all are accountable for people’s production,” Sveum said. “Obviously, they haven’t had too good a season. On the other hand, it’s only Rizzo’s second season and we seem to forget that a lot of times. This kid came up last year on top of the world, coming from Triple-A, and fell right in and was living on electricity last year.
“This year, he’s putting too much pressure on himself for whatever reason,” Sveum said of the first baseman, who was batting .227 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs. “This is a grueling season and it’s a grueling thing to be in the third hole in the Chicago Cubs lineup in Chicago. Those are things that are learning experiences that go on.
“Castro has already been there and done that as far as two, three good seasons in a row but Castro is really swinging the bat like he can [now], and going down the stretch, he’s figured some things out and is doing really well right now.”
— Carrie Muskat