One of the worst things about the Chicago Cubs’ new marketing campaign, “Committed, is that no one ever told us exactly what we are supposed to be committed to. Up until last night, Dale Sveum was overly-committed to Carlos Marmol. This morning, not so much.
ATLANTA — Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa was expected to replace Carlos Marmol as the Chicago Cubs closer in 2014 after Marmol’s three-year contract ended. Instead, Fujikawa moved into the closer’s role six games into the 2013 season.
Manager Dale Sveum made the announcement Sunday morning at Turner Field, hours after Marmol blew a save by serving up ninth-inning home runs to B.J. Upton and Justin Upton.
“We talked to them both, so we’re all done with that,” Sveum said.Marmol lost the closer’s job early in 2012, but won it back after Rafael Dolis failed in his opportunity. Can Marmol return this year?
“Yeah, there’s a chance,” Sveum said. “Hopefully, Fujikawa takes it and runs with it and does a great job so we don’t have to even deal with that. Obviously, Marmol is going to pitch in less stressful situations and get his confidence back.”
So you’re telling me there’s a chance . . .