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Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 11/17/2011

Dale Sveum named manager of Chicago Cubs

Dale Sveum throws batting practice before Game 2 of the National League Division Series. (Jeff Zelevansky / Getty Images)
Dale Sveum will be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, with a Wrigley Field press conference set for Friday morning.

Sveum most recently was the Milwaukee Brewers’ hitting coach. More importantly, he also was considered to be the top candidate for the Boston Red Sox’ managerial vacancy.

Which means that Theo Epstein, now the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, beat his former team to the punch on this one.

The Red Sox, according to ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, had not made an offer to Sveum as of Wednesday night. Now the team, which had hoped to have a manager on board by Thanksgiving, will “take a little breather this weekend,” according to GM Ben Cherington.

“We're not dissatisfied with the candidates we have,” Cherington said Wednesday. “We feel like these are unique circumstances here. ... We're very happy with the candidates. Our next manager could very well come from among those candidates, but we're not ruling out adding candidates.”


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