Sunday, May 27, 2018
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Inert Cubs fire Sveum

CHICAGO — Theo Epstein is proud of the talent in the Cubs' minor-league system. The president of baseball operations thinks Dale Sveum is going to be a successful manager one day.

He just doesn't think Sveum is the right guy to help those prospects become successful major-leaguers.

The Cubs fired Sveum on Monday after finishing last in the NL Central for the first time in seven years, ending a two-year run that produced more losses than any other stretch in team history.

"It's absolutely imperative that we create the best environment possible for young players to come up here, continue to learn, continue to develop and thrive at the big league level and win, ultimately," Epstein said. "And that's not an easy thing to do.

"A big part of the reason why we're here today is because we took a good hard look at that and we decided that we needed to try to get it right before they come up."

Sveum was among Epstein's first hires after the executive came over from the Red Sox in 2011. He had little experience as a manager when he agreed to take the job, and he knew the Cubs were at the beginning of an overhaul.

He just thought he would get more time to make it work.

"You come in and you get a job like this and you want to see it through and so you're very disappointed you didn't get to really get anything started," Sveum, 49, said outside Wrigley Field.

PIRATES STAR PLUNKED: Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen gave the franchise a brief scare when a ball hit him in the head during batting practice. The leading MVP candidate was shagging fly balls when an unnamed teammate distracted him. McCutchen said when he turned his head, a ball off the bat of Jordy Mercer bounced and caught him around his right ear. McCutchen said he should be fine for tonight's NL wild-card game against the Reds.

NEXT IN LINE?: Rob Manfred was promoted to Major League Baseball's chief operating officer, which may make him a candidate to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner. Selig said last week he intends to retire in January 2015.

GARDENHIRE STAYING: Manager Ron Gardenhire will be back with the Twins next season, the Associated Press reported. Gardenhire is in the final year of his contract, and his 12 years with Minnesota make him the second-longest tenured manager in the big leagues.

COLLINS EXTENDED: Manager Terry Collins completed his contract extension with the Mets, getting a two-year deal with a club option for 2016.

ORIOLES: 3B Manny Machado won't need surgery on the torn ligament on his left knee, a second opinion from noted orthopedist James Andrews confirmed. He suffered the season-ending injury Sept. 23 at Tropicana Field.

PHILLIES: Pitching coach Rich Dubee was let go after nine years with the team.

Postseason glance

NL wild-card game

Tonight: Reds at Pirates, 8:07, TBS

AL wild-card game

Wednesday: Rays at Indians, 8:07, TBS

AL Division Series

Red Sox vs. wild card

Friday: at Boston

Saturday: at Boston

Monday: at wild card

Tuesday: at wild card*

Oct. 10: at Boston*

Athletics vs. Tigers

Friday: at Oakland

Saturday: at Oakland

Monday: at Detroit

Tuesday: at Detroit*

Oct. 10: at Oakland*

NL Division Series

Cardinals vs. wild card

Thursday: at St. Louis

Friday: at St. Louis

Sunday: at wild card

Monday: at wild card*

Oct. 9: at St. Louis*

Braves vs. Dodgers

Thursday: at Atlanta

Friday: at Atlanta

Sunday: at Los Angeles

Monday: at Los Angeles*

Oct. 9: at Atlanta*

* If necessary. Most times and TV TBD.



Postseason glance

NL wild-card game

Tonight: Reds at Pirates, 8:07, TBS

AL wild-card game

Wednesday: Rays/Rangers at Indians, 8:07, TBS

AL Division Series

Red Sox vs. wild card

Friday: at Boston

Saturday: at Boston

Monday: at wild card

Tuesday: at wild card*

Oct. 10: at Boston*

Athletics vs. Tigers

Friday: at Oakland

Saturday: at Oakland

Monday: at Detroit

Tuesday: at Detroit*

Oct. 10: at Oakland*

NL Division Series

Cardinals vs. wild card

Thursday: at St. Louis

Friday: at St. Louis

Sunday: at wild card

Monday: at wild card*

Oct. 9: at St. Louis*

Braves vs. Dodgers

Thursday: at Atlanta

Friday: at Atlanta

Sunday: at Los Angeles

Monday: at Los Angeles*

Oct. 9: at Atlanta*

* If necessary. Times and TV TBD.

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