Royals Hire Dale Sveum as Assistant Coach

Jennifer Hilderbrand-US PRESSWIRE

The Royals needed to add a winner, and Sveum's .399 winning percentage as manager speaks volumes.

The Royals have reportedly hired Dale Sveum to be a new coach, days after Sveum was dismissed after two years as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Sveum previously served as Ned Yost's bench coach in Milwaukee, replacing Yost when Ned was fired with two weeks to go before Milwaukee's post-season appearance. One presumes Sveum will serve as bench coach, althought the Royals release simply says he's in charge of infield instruction, while "in-game" duties will be determined later. They don't know his role, but they had to act fast!

Sveum had a 127-197 record as manager of the Cubs in two seasons, losing 96 games this year. In fairness he was not given much to work with in Chicago in terms of personnel. Sveum was hired by stat-oriented Cubs President Theo Epstein, so there is the potential that Sveum is at least sympathetic to advanced stats. Our sister Cubs site "Bleeding Cubbies Blue" says the players in Chicago respected Sveum and played hard for him. Sveum has drawn criticism for the failure of the Cubs to develop young players like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, who regressed under his tenure. Sveum did have a good reputation as a minor league instructor for the Pirates, so there's that.

The Royals also announced they would not be retaining bench coach Chino Cadahia and third base coach Eddy Rodriguez. Cadahia left the team in August to attend to personal matters that apparently are still unresolved. Rodriguez blew a game in June by holding up David Lough, the tying run, in a one-run game with Cleveland.

On a more important note, I CALLED THIS and my prognostication skills are becoming eerie at this point. A Jair Jurrjens acqusition cannot be too far behind.
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