Write what you want about Dale Sveum. He’s not going to read it.


Dale Sveum is gonna feel some heat by virtue of being the manager of the Chicago Cubs. But he won’t know about it if he does. Here’s what he told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com about how he spends his free time:

“I don’t read the papers. I’m not a guy that Tweets, or whatever you call that thing. I’m not a big computer guy. I don’t read the news.  (During) my free time, I watch the NFL channel as much as I can…to keep up on (things) for fantasy reasons.”

It’s probably a pretty good approach for him, actually. As Mooney notes, Sveum has a pretty decent air of equanimity about him, especially compared to Lou Piniella and some of his predecessors.  Chicago is not a nasty media market, necessarily. It’s not insane like Boston or New York.  But there’s definitely some prickliness one can encounter there. And thus it’s probably better to ignore that noise than to obsesses on it.

Michael Conforto unlikely to be on the Mets’ Opening Day roster

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters today that it was “unlikely” that Michael Conforto will make the opening roster.

Not shocking given the shoulder surgery he had back in September, but given that he seems to be recovering more quickly than first anticipated, it was worth Alderson’s time to make the announcement. Indeed, back in December it was not expected that he’d see much if any game action at all during spring training, but here he is, playing DH today in the Mets game against the Cardinals.

Conforto missed the last six weeks of the 2017 season with a left shoulder injury and underwent surgery in early September to repair a tear of the posterior capsule in his shoulder. He finished the season batting .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 440 plate appearances. By the looks of things, he should be back some time in April.