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November 23 – Happy Birthday Dale Sveum

sveumBorn in Richmond, CA, Dale Sveum was the Milwaukee Brewers’ first round draft choice in 1982 and considered to be the heir apparent to the great Robin Yount. By 1987, in just his second year in the big leagues, the 23-year-old switch hitter blasted 25 home runs and drove in 95 as Milwaukee’s starting shortstop. He would continue playing through 1999 and never again come close to matching either of those numbers.

The Brewers gave up on him after the 1991 season and traded him to the Phillies. During the next five years he played for five different teams. The Yankees signed him as a free agent in November of 1997 and the following April, he was on the Opening Day roster of a Yankee team that was about to win more regular season games than any team in franchise history. Sveum spelled Tino Martinez at first base plus saw some occasional time at the hot corner. What he didn’t do was hit. At the All Star break his average was just .155 and the Yanks gave him his walking papers.

After an unsuccessful comeback try with the Pirates the following year, his big league career was over. He got into coaching and in 2008, he became the interim manager of the Brewers for the last 12 games of the season. In 2012, Theo Epstein hired Sveum to manage the Chicago Cubs. Epstein himself had just been hired as the team’s president and given free reign to rebuild the organization from the bottom up. He had chosen Sveum as the new skipper because his plan was to bring Chicago’s best prospects up and play them. That required a manager who could communicate with and develop young talent and Epstein felt those were Sveum’s greatest strengths. Unfortunately, after two years of putting this plan in action, the performances of the Cub prospects had regressed. When Epstein fired Sveum the day after the 2013 regular season ended, he absolved his departing skipper for the failure of those prospects to develop, inferring that the organization may have simply overestimated their abilities.

This former Yankee starting pitcher and this one too were also born on November 23rd as was this one-time Yankee first base prospect.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1998 NYY 30 64 58 6 9 0 0 0 3 0 4 16 .155 .203 .155 .358
12 Yrs 862 2810 2526 305 597 125 13 69 340 10 227 656 .236 .298 .378 .676
MIL (5 yrs) 511 1878 1702 210 413 80 10 46 236 9 137 426 .243 .299 .382 .681
PIT (3 yrs) 187 459 411 46 107 30 2 16 65 0 40 115 .260 .324 .460 .784
PHI (1 yr) 54 153 135 13 24 4 0 2 16 0 16 39 .178 .261 .252 .513
OAK (1 yr) 30 96 79 12 14 2 1 2 6 0 16 21 .177 .316 .304 .620
NYY (1 yr) 30 64 58 6 9 0 0 0 3 0 4 16 .155 .203 .155 .358
SEA (1 yr) 10 29 27 3 5 0 0 1 2 0 2 10 .185 .241 .296 .538
CHW (1 yr) 40 131 114 15 25 9 0 2 12 1 12 29 .219 .287 .351 .638
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/22/2013.