Epstein sticks by Sveum after tough season

Epstein sticks by Sveum after tough season

Epstein sticks by Sveum after tough season
CHICAGO -- The Cubs have lost 100 games for the first time since 1966 and only the third time in franchise history, but Theo Epstein didn't put any of the blame on first-year manager Dale Sveum.

"The 100 losses are not his fault the least bit," said Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations. "He's done a really good job of maintaining as much of a winning culture as he possibly can during a season like this."

Sveum said he'll take time this offseason to evaluate the job he's done. He asked the veteran players for feedback as well.

"The bottom line is it's the players game, and you send them out there to play," Sveum said. "It's their job to perform and it's my job to manage the game and it's my job to manage the clubhouse and make sure it's an atmosphere that these guys enjoy coming to every day, no matter the good times or the bad times. That's my job. Wins and losses are what they are, but the bottom line is putting these guys in situations where they can succeed and they have to do the job."

Epstein said all relevant discussions regarding the coaches and staff will be done following Wednesday's season finale.

"We're not satisfied with the way the year has gone," Epstein said. "There are some positive developments in certain areas, but no, we're not happy with certain areas."

Sveum has won over the players.

"I have nothing but praise for him, especially the way he handled me when I came up and put me directly in the three-hole and stuck with me," Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. "The confidence he puts in us, and all the players -- we all love playing for him. It's so easy to talk to him.

"He's a player and he played the game hard," Rizzo said. "He knows in a big situation, if we're swinging at a ball in the dirt, you're not going to see him show anyone up because he knows how hard this game is, and that's awesome."