MLB notebook: Cubs fire manager Sveum after 2 disappointing seasons
Theo Epstein is proud of the talent in the Chicago Cubs' minor league system. The president of baseball operations thinks Dale Sveum is going to be a successful manager one day.
He just doesn't think Sveum is the right guy to help all those prospects become successful major leaguers.
The Cubs fired Sveum on Monday after finishing last in the NL Central for the first time in seven years, ending a two-year run that produced more losses than any other stretch in the team's cursed history.
“It's absolutely imperative that we create the best environment possible for young players to come up here, continue to learn, continue to develop and thrive at the big league level and win, ultimately,” Epstein said during an afternoon news conference. “And that's not an easy thing to do.
“A big part of the reason why we're here today is because we took a good hard look at that and we decided that we needed to try to get it right before they come up.”
Sveum was among Epstein's first hires after the executive came over from the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
The Minnesota Twins and manager Ron Gardenhire have agreed on a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season.
Gardenhire was in the final year of his contract and his 12 years with the Twins make him the second-longest tenured manager in the big leagues.
Terry Collins has completed his contract extension with the New York Mets. The manager gets a two-year deal with a club option for 2016.
The Mets announced the move one day after finishing 74-88 for their fifth consecutive losing season since moving into Citi Field.