Two years ago, the Chicago Cubs hired Dale Sveum over the popular former Cubs's star Ryan Sandberg to take over leadership of their franchise. ESPN reported on Sept. 30 that the Cubs have now fired Sveum after his team finished last place in the NL Central for the first time in seven years.
Meanwhile, Ryne Sandberg was named the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies with a three-year contract after leading them to an 18-16 record after taking over as interim manager after they fired Charlie Manuel in August.
"We feel that Ryne has the qualities and leadership skills that are essential to move our club and our organization forward," said Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro Jr.
Meanwhile, Cubs GM Phil Epstein said that firing Sveum was a difficult decision, but they felt the need to move in a new direction. That new direction might involve New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
The Yankees missed the postseason this year, and that might make the fact that Girardi's contract expires at the end of October make him a big free agent. Girardi is an Illinois native and might be what the Cubs are looking for.
However, Girardi couldn't lead the Yankees to the playoffs with talented players like Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano, Alfonso Soriano and CC Sabathia. One has to wonder what he could do on a Chicago Cubs team whose star players are Edwin Jackson, Sterlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo.