PHOENIX In six seasons on the Milwaukee Brewers' coaching staff, Dale Sveum did it all.
Hired by Ned Yost in 2006 to serve as third base coach, he became the team's bench coach a year later. In 2008, Sveum became the unlikeliest of interim managers, taking the reins after Yost was fired with 12 games to play as the Brewers returned to the playoffs for the first time in 26 years.
Passed over for the managerial job that winter, Sveum stayed on as the team's hitting coach and remained in that capacity for both of Ken Macha's seasons in Milwaukee and Ron Roenicke's first, before finally landing the top job with the Chicago Cubs over the winter.
With that much time in the organization, it's understandable that Sveum felt a little disoriented Saturday when he brought his team to Maryvale Baseball Park to face the Brewers.
"Honestly, I don't think I've ever been in there," Sveum said, referring to Maryvale's visitors' clubhouse. "It's pretty small."
Sveum faces a challenging task in ...