Thu, 29 May 2014 12:29:34 -0700
Kansas City Royals infield coach Dale Sveum will take over as the team's new hitting coach Thursday, May 29. Also, Pedro Grifol will become the catching instructor and Mike Jirschele will be the new third base coach.
Fantasy Tip: The Royals are looking for a way to kickstart their offense, which is one of the worst in all of baseball.
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:02:07 -0700
The Kansas City Royals hired former Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum to handle infield coaching among other duties Thursday, Oct. 3. The contracts of third base coach Eddie Rodriguez and bench coach Chino Cadahia were not renewed.
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 09:15:54 -0700
The Chicago Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum Monday, Sept. 30.
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:28:07 -0700
The Chicago Cubs will decide manager Dale Sveum's future after the final series of the regular season this weekend, according to president Theo Epstein. Sveum has one year left on his contract, but rumors are spreading that he will be replaced. Sveum is 127-194 in two seasons as the team's manager as the club rebuilds.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:57:54 -0700
Updating previous items, Chicago Cubs OF David DeJesus (shoulder) will get an MRI on his sprained right shoulder on Monday, June 17, and he figures to miss at least three weeks under a best-case scenario. The Cubs officially put DeJesus on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, June 15. Manager Dale Sveum said DeJesus will have to go on a minor league rehab stint after he recovers.
Fantasy Tip: Well, there goes any hope the Cubs had to get prospects for DeJesus at the trade deadline. DeJesus had a .260 average with six home runs at the time of his injury, a nice number on an otherwise dismal Cubs squad. If he recovers in time the Cubs may still try to trade him, but he is likely to remain a Cub for the remainder of the year thanks to this.
Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:04:21 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said that it has become easier to pitch to Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols these days. "He's come down to being more human, that's for sure," Sveum said. "At one point in his career, you pitch around him, you walk him, you do all kinds of things. But you didn't want him to beat you. Now he's a little more able to be pitched to." Pujols is hitting only .244 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs this season.
Fantasy Tip: Age and nagging foot and knee problems have slowed Pujols down this year. The plantar fasciitis in his foot will likely bother him for the rest of the year, which has to be a concern to his fantasy owners. Pujols can still be productive, but the days of 30-plus home runs are likely in the past for him.
Thu, 02 May 2013 00:20:34 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he has no intention of moving OF Alfonso Soriano down in the order because of his lack of production in April. Soriano went into the final game of the month with one home run and two RBIs, hitting .095 with runners in scoring position. Sveum has used Soriano in the clean-up spot in all 25 of Soriano's starts.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:36:50 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the team will likely stick with a closer-by-committee approach when RP Kyuji Fujikawa (forearm) returns from the disabled list. Fujikawa could have a rehab outing with Triple-A Iowa Sunday, May 5. RP Kevin Gregg picked up his fourth save of the year Monday, April 29. "I got (a closer)," Sveum said. "I just don't know who it's going to be every night."
Fantasy Tip: This is probably a situation to avoid for fantasy baseball if you can help it. Right now, Gregg, Carlos Marmol and Fujikawa shoulad all be owned in deep mixed formats if you're speculating for saves. Marmol could easily win back the job if he gains enough trust from Sveum, but there's no telling how long that might take.
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:08:11 -0700
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum does not inform his relief pitchers who his designated closer will be on a daily bases, and instead goes with the best matchup. "It's been working," Sveum said Monday. "I'm not going to say it's a fix-all and that you don't want to name a closer. You definitely don't want to rock the boat when things are going good in the back of the bullpen when everybody is healthy and ready to go that night. It could be one of four guys. It depends on the matchups."
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:07:16 -0700
Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer expressed his support for manager Dale Sveum despite the team losing 12 of their last 15 games. "We're not the most talented team in the league right now; we're trying to build to get there," Hoyer said. "But as we get there, we can't continue to make the kind of mistakes we're making. That's on us. Dale has our complete support. That (his job security) shouldn't be what he's thinking about in the least."