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Several Cubs changed uniform numbers this winter. Several more are sporting Cubbie Blue for the first time.
Here’s a quick look at the numbers some of our Cubs will be wearing during the 2012 season.
Here’s a quick look at how the last 12 managers of the Cubs started during their first season, or in some cases, their only season on the job.
2011 – Mike Quade (71-91)
2007 – Lou Piniella (85-77)
2003 – Dusty Baker (88-74)
2000 – Don Baylor (65-97)
1995 – Jim Riggleman (73-71)
1994 – Tom Trebelhorn (49-64)
1992 – Jim Lefebvre (78-84)
1988 – Don Zimmer (77-85)
1987 – Gene Michael (68-68)
1984 – Jim Frey (96-65)
1982 – Lee Elia (73-89)
1981 – Joey Amalfitano (38-65)
I’m trying to get use to the idea of Dale Sveum as the Cubs new manager.
He wasn’t a candidate I gave much thought to, not with Tito, Maddux, and Alomar in the running. But, of course, that doesn’t mean he’s the wrong choice–just one that catches me a bit by surprise.