CUBS LET MANAGER GO
September 30, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Dave Sveum after just two seasons. Sveum led the Cubs to a record of 66-96 this past season.
THEO EPSTEIN STATEMENT:
Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager." "Today's decision to pursue a new manager was not made because of wins and losses. Our record is a function of our long-term building plan and the moves we have made -- some good, a few we would like back -- to further this strategy. (General manager) Jed (Hoyer) and I take full responsibility for that. Today's decision was absolutely not made to provide a scapegoat for our shortcomings or to distract from our biggest issue -- a shortage of talent at the major league level. We have been transparent about what we are, and what we are not yet. Today's decision, which was painful for all of us, was made to move us closer to fulfilling our ultimate long-term vision for the Cubs."
"We had hoped Dale would grow with our organization to see it through the building phase to a period of sustained excellence," Epstein added. "Instead, I believe Dale, who felt the weight of losing perhaps more than any of us, will grow because of this experience and find excellence elsewhere."