Found September 30, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
By now, the news has more than broken, but in case anyone has not yet heard, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have relieved manager Dale Sveum of his duties. In fact, those are almost the exact words of the Cubs' tweet from very early Monday afternoon. Just released: #Cubs have relieved Dale Sveum of his duties as manager. — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 30, 2013's Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat reported the news shortly afterward. Muskat quoted Epstein's statement about the firing. Epstein stated that Sveum was well-prepared for his job, but they still decided to make the move. Said Epstein, "Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager. Dale has been a committed leader for this team the last two seasons, and I want to thank him for all of his dedication and hard work. I have a lot of admiration for Dale personally, and we all learned a lot from the way he has handled the trying circumstances of the last two years, especially the last two weeks, with strength and dignity." Epstein cites in-game decision and roster management as main factors in the decision. Sveum's Cubs finished in last place in the National League Central division with a record of 66-96. This followed a 2012 which saw the Cubs finish at 61-101. It is no secret that Epstein and Hoyer put the Cubs in rebuilding mode when they took the helm after the 2011 season. A five-game improvement looks nice on the surface, but the front office wants that rebuilding to begin showing the fruits that they promised Cub fans when they took over. So, if not the dedication, work ethic, and leadership that Sveum has shown, then just what do Epstein and Hoyer want in a manager? The Cubs sent out a mid-afternoon tweet that summarizes that answer. Theo on the team's criteria for next manager: combination of track record, experience, leadership and expertise developing young talent. — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 30, 2013 This message leads Cub fans to wonder who may fill that void. Our own Robert Murray recently reported on the availability of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose contract with the Yankees has now expired. Murray cites Cubs insider Tom Loxas of Cubs Now and Dan Bernstein of CBS as saying that Girardi would definitely have interest in the Cubs job. Girardi definitely fills all of the requirements listed in the Cubs tweet. He has a track record of four straight postseason appearances and a World Series championship with the Yankees and a 2006 Manager of the Year award with the Florida Marlins. Granted, the Cubs do not have talent pool that the Yankees had under Girardi, but Girardi did take a struggling 2006 Marlins team full of lesser-known players from 17-34 at the end of May to near .500 at season's end. Girardi has the "expertise [of] developing young talent" such as Brett Gardner, Ivan Nova, and David Robertson. He is also a no-nonsense manager, just the type that Starlin Castro might need to recapture the performance of his first three years rather than of 2013. If not Girardi, then the search will continue for that manager who can complete the rebuilding process and put the Cubs back into the postseason within just a few short years. Cub fans want that even more. They want "next year" to finally come to Wrigley Field. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond's "Baseball Bureau" page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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