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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:24 AM
I really don't get why sitting LaHair against lefties will help his trade value (other teams can see this too), but that's a whole other discussion.
I feel for Sveum if he is put in a position to do things that he feels ultimately makes the team worse this year. He's probably not going to be around to see the Cubs success if they are the worse team in baseball 2 years in a row, right? Thats just how professional sports works.
How much is pushed on him from the guys upstairs? Anyone have a guess?
Posted 18 June 2012 - 09:21 AM
There were stories of Terry Francona receiving notes from the front office with batting orders on them. I'm not saying it's that extreme, but I'm certain Theo/Jed have input on the things you're discussing (and more).
Posted 18 June 2012 - 01:00 PM
If that's all true (and I'm fairly convinced it is), is that all bad? If you were "Thed" wouldn't you want to have your finger on the pulse with a first year manager like Dale?
I don't think it's bad at all. I was just suggesting that it has to suck for Sveum because Thed could care less about this years record, in fact I think they may want to be really bad for drafting purposes. Managers are judged on wins. 5 years from now Sveum may be looking for another job, and who would wants to hire a guy with a 30% winning record, regardless of cricumstances? Just a thought..
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