Much like the Pointer Sisters, Dale Sveum's so excited and he just can't hide it.
There is a serious amount of Spring Training information overload out there. I think there are more pertinent Cubs articles today than there have been in the last two months combined. So if you see something I’ve missed, please feel free to share it in the comments. I promise I won’t be offended. Maybe a little hurt, but not offended.
As you might have guessed from this post’s title and accompanying photo, Dale Sveum is eager to get the ball rolling this year.
“It feels like I got hired two years ago,” Sveum said.
“When you do this for so many years, the most comfortable spot is when you’re on that grass at spring training and when the balls are being hit and caught and thrown and to be able to talk to everybody,” he said. “It’s officially baseball season, finally, and it’s almost comfortable.”
Enjoy that feeling of almost-comfort, Dale. It probably won’t last long around this team. One of the first orders of business for Sveum and pitching coach Chris Bosio was fixing Carlos Marmol. Step one: scrap the cutter that Marmol was throwing last year.
“He is what he is — he’s an impressive closer but he’s a slider guy with one of the best, unhittable sliders that we’ve seen in a long time,” Sveum said. “That’s what he is and unfortunately sometimes he can get into a lot of pitches in innings because of it, but it’s so devastating he gets out of it, too. You don’t want him doing anything that Carlos Marmol isn’t used to. I think he’ll be back to that this year.”
So how was his first day with Bosio?
“Chris Bosio has talked to him about a few mechanical things about his shoulders and keeping his shoulders level and things like that,” Sveum said. “He wants to lean back and crank velocity and create arm strength through his shoulders and then he gets out of whack. It’s more just keeping his shoulders in line with the strike zone. I think that will help him tremendously.
“Every time ‘Bos’ mentioned it to him after a scud, right away he got his shoulders back on line and made quality pitches,” Sveum said. “Some guys, it’s big fixes, and some guys, if they take to it in the right language it hits home with them.”
Sounds like they’ve already done more good than Quade and Riggins did all last year. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.
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