Fired by the Cubs after going 127-197 (.392) in two seasons as manager, Dale Sveum is now the Royals’ third base coach and told reporters yesterday that he definitely wants to manage again some day:
I walked away with my head up with the understanding I knew what I wanted to do and did it (that) way, to get guys to play hard and prepare every day. People ask me, “would you do things differently?” I say “no,” if I could come up with something — I don’t have that big of an ego — but there’s nothing I would do differently.
He also had an interesting quote about the nature of the job, saying: “You better not lose sight that we have all these jobs to someday be fired. That’s just the way the business is.”
Joe Maddon just held his annual media availability here at the Winter Meetings. During the scrum he said that Kyle Schwarber “looked great the other day” at a Cubs community event and that . . . wait for it . . . “he’s in, probably, arguably in the best shape of his life.” Maddon went on to say that, if Schwarber looks good in spring training, he might even be the Cubs leadoff hitter in 2018.
Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder is going to spend most of his career as a DH, with another team obviously, unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. The Cubs would love to see him in better shape whether they keep him or shop him, and if it’s the latter, they’ll want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense so as not to limit his market. It’s in everyone’s interests for him to be lean, mean and a bit more flexible once spring training starts.
To that end, according to a recent report, Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.” And now Maddon is playing up the BSOHL angle. Whether that’s salesmanship or not, all eyes are going to be on Schwarber come February.