Step 1 for the Cubs: Dale Sveum is out
The Cubs didn't have terribly high expectations coming into this season in terms of wins and losses, so it's likely that Sveum's firing has more to do with the development of players like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo, and less to do with their 66-96 record at season's end.
In two seasons with the Cubs, Sveum went 127-197, for a .392 winning percentage. Team president Theo Epstein thanked him for his hard work and dedication, but apparently that wasn't enough for him to keep his job.
Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Gonzales named current Yankees manager Joe Girardi as one possible replacement for Sveum. While that seems a bit crazy, in the sense that it would seem like very few managers would ever want to leave the Yankees for the Cubs, but the Yankees are an aging, declining team. The Cubs, on the other hand, should be on the uptick now, and have some quality young talent combined with decent payroll flexibility. Girardi has shown in the past with the Marlins that he has the ability to successfully manage a young team.
Do you think the Cubs were right to fire Sveum? And do you think there's any chance that they could land someone like Girardi? Or is that too much of a long shot?