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Will Dale Sveum Be A Difference Maker?
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:20 AM
But then as I started reading and learning more about the guy, I started thinking that maybe he was a great option afterall. The word was that he was somewhat hard-nosed and was all about fundamentals (wow, we needed THAT), establishing accountability and enforcing it (YES! the Cubs definitely were lacking there!).
As the choices narrowed down to, and finally arrived at Sveum, I was drinking the proverbial Cub Blue flavored Kool-Aid.
As the Spring Training unfolds, I am liking MOST of what I am seeing and hearing. As one example, I think Sveum's idea for the bunting tournament was a stroke of genius! Bunting is an underated, but valuable skill that the Cubs have been missing. In the past, the number of successful bunt attempts has been embarrassingly low, which probably explains why the number of attempts have been few and far between. The tournament made bunting practice fun and increased the moitivation, as well as sneaking in the importance of the bunt.
Now that Sveum in entrenched in the camp, I am sensing a change of approach. He seems to be taking on more of a "let's be friends" attitude with the players, rather than taking the disciplinarian role. I believe the team needs that discipline and someone in place to hold them accountable to standards that are set fairly high. I've seen enough little league-esque play from the Boys In Blue to last me the rest of my lifetime. Last year, there were FAR too many silly base running errors, fielding errors, mental lapses, half-hearted attempts... I could go on and on, but I think everyone could make their own list of hundreds of mistakes.
Can, and more importantly will Dale Sveum be the manager that we need?! I have my fingers crossed....
Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:27 AM
So far, I like what I see.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:03 AM
"We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It HAS happened before." - Lou Brown
Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:53 PM
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