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After accepting a contract to manage the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, Dale Sveum will be introduced to media on Friday at 9 a.m.

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Cubs Trade Rumors 2011: Dale Sveum To Keep Rudy Jaramillo As Hitting Coach

The new Chicago Cubs manager has begun sifting through his staff decisions, announcing today that they Cubs will retain the services of widely-respected hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.

Jaramillo served as the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers from 1995 through 2009 when the Cubs signed him away, making him one of the highest paid coaches in the MLB.

In 2011, the Cubs score 654 runs, good for 8th best in the NL, while only walking in 6.9% of their plate appearances -- second-worst in the NL and MLB. The Cubs young shortstop Starlin Castro led the NL in hits last year despite sporting an only above-average .307/.341/.432 split.

Sveum, however, did not renew the contracts of first-base coach Bob Dernier and third-base coach Ivan DeJesus.

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Report: Dale Sveum To Manager Chicago Cubs In 2012

According to a report from SI's Jon Heyman, the Chicago Cubs have their next manager:

@SI_JonHeyman: Sveum will be cubs manager, though it still isn't finalized yet.

Dale Sveum (pronounced swaym) was one of five candidates for the open Chicago Cubs manger position. Word came out last night that the Cubs had offered Sveum the Cubs manger position, but Sveum was still in the final process of a second interview with the Boston Red Sox.

The Cubs had considered a combined five candidates, including Sveum, Mike Maddux, Sandy Alomar Jr., Pete Mackanin, DeMarlo Hale, and Terry Francona -- who did not require an actual interview, given his history with Theo Epstein and the Cubs management.

Sveum served as a hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers since 2006 and is a purportedly an analytically-progressive thinker, like much of the new Cubs front office.

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Chicago Cubs Manager Search: Looking Ahead At The Week's Interview Schedule

On Thursday and Friday, the Chicago Cubs brought in their first managerial candidate, Pete Mackanin (pronounced "ma KAN in"), the Philadelphia Phillies bench manager.

The Cubs, eschewing the typical interview process, will be putting all their managerial candidates through a CIA-like interview process which requires candidates to watch video of a Boston Red Sox game and answer questions as though they were managing the game. The grueling interview process is then followed by a small press conference, meant to give Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs execs a feel for the candidate's ability to handle the press.

The interview schedule, according to CSN Chicago, will follow this general schedule:

Thursday, Friday: Pete Mackanin
The first of the Cubs interviews, Mackanin finished last Friday, describing the process as "comprehensive." For more on the Mackanin interview, check out his post-interview press conference.

Monday, Tuesday: Dale Sveum
The Brewers hitting coach appears to be the top target for the Boston Red Sox, who interviewed him only days ago. Judging by the Mackanin interview, this interview may last until Tuesday.

Wednesday through Friday (expected): Mike Maddux, Sandy Alomar Jr.
The biggest name of the interview process and another co-candidate for the Red Sox job, famous Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux -- brother of Greg Maddux -- is expected to interview later in the week. He was originally slated to be interviewed earlier, but a case of laryngitis set him back.

Sandy Alomar Jr., who was widely expected to be a part of the interview process, will indeed recieve and interview sometime this week. Presumably, the Cubs will see Maddux first, then Alomar.

Following Week: DeMarlo Hale, Dave Martinez
CSN reports the Cubs will also give an interview to DeMarlo Hale, current coach for the Red Sox and a Chicago native. Hale was a lead candidate for the Toronto Blue Jays managerial opening last year and is reported to have a good rapport with Epstein.

Dave Martinez, the present bench manager for the Tampa Bay Rays, is also expected to interview at some point, but the Cubs have not officially named him as a candidate yet.


The Chicago Cubs Next Manager Will Not Be Terry Francona Or Joe Maddon

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the Chicago Cubs have preemptively eliminated managerial candidates Terry Francona and Joe Maddon. The Cubs executive staff -- Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLoed -- previously worked with Francona during his eight years serving as the Boston Red Sox manger.

During his time with the Red Sox, Francona led Boston to two separate World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, but left the team this last month when Epstein (then the Red Sox GM) did not exercise his contract option.

Terry Francona leaves behind him a legacy of winning in Boston, but also the scandal that followed the historic collapse of the 2011 Boston Red Sox, who failed to reach the playoffs after their 9.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay disappear in a single month. The collapse occurred amidst allegations and reports of players drinking beer and eating chicken in the locker room and dugout during games.

Joe Maddon, the present manager of the Tampa Bay Rays and an analytically progressive manager, is apparently not among the Cubs' candidates. However, his bench coach, Dave Martinez, appears to be on the list, but Maddon himself has been eliminated as a candidate. Maddon, who helped orchestrate the opposite end of the Red Sox collapse in 2011, has also been mentioned as a possible replacement for St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa -- recently retired -- but the Cards have also shown little interest.

The Times reports the top two candidates appear to be Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dave Sveum -- which should make the hiring process interesting as the Red Sox have also focused on those same candidates.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for more information and updates concerning the Cubs' search for a new manager, and drop by Baseball Nation for more news and notes around the league.

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