Rumors are swirling that the Chicago Cubs have offered Milwaukee Brewers' hitting coach Dale Sveum their vacant managerial position. If this holds true, it looks like president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have added yet another ex-member of the Boston Red Sox World Series staff. Perhaps they are not finished.
Sveum was part of the Red Sox coaching staff from 2004-05 as their third-base coach and was around for the 2004 World Series. From there, he went to the Brewers, where he covered roles including bench coach, hitting coach and even interim manager when the Brewers dismissed Ken Macha in 2008.
When Sveum left the Red Sox for the Brewers, long-time minor-league manager DeMarlo Hale replaced him. Hale went from third-base coach to bench coach over his six seasons and was part of the club's second World Series title of the 2000s in '08.
With former boss Terry Francona gone, new Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington may be looking to continue to clean house once he hires a new manager.
Regardless, perhaps Hale could find himself traveling to the North Side to join the Boston reunion that is going on.
Hale conducted a phone interview with Hoyer earlier in the week, after all of the other candidates had already interviewed for the job. While it seems evident that Sveum will end up being the guy to take the job on the North Side, one would have to wonder if Hale would be an option for Sveum on his staff.
It remains to be seen what Hale's situation is in the coming days, as the Red Sox will make a decision on their manager soon, considering free agency will really get underway soon. If the new manager wants to keep Hale, Hale may ultimately decide to stick around. But Hale doesn't seem to be an option for the Red Sox at the top spot, so he may be interested in leaving anyways.
The Red Sox have given their coaches permission to explore other options if they wish.
If Hale does decide to leave, it wouldn't be much of a shock if he decided to come to Chicago—as long as the door was open, that is. He is a native of Chicago, and he likely would be a welcome veteran presence on the Cubs' bench.
The entire Cubs' current coaching staff is questionable at this point, but things should be much clearer once the Cubs confirm who their next manager will be. The Cubs front office has been relatively silent while conducting its search, so many are out of the loop and can only speculate on what will happen.
Will Hale end up with the Cubs as one of their coaches in 2012? It depends what comes of this week's likely decisions by both the Cubs and Red Sox. From the looks of it, though, another guy with Red Sox roots would not be a shocking addition.
Jeff Chase is from Chicago and is an undergrad at Arizona State University. He currently is interning with B/R and is in process of becoming a Featured Columnist for Arizona State football.
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