Updated: November 17, 2011 7:27PM
MILWAUKEE — Dale Sveum says he considers himself more of a “stoic” manager than an emotional one.
Except maybe, he says, “when I’m arguing with an umpire.”
“One trait that you have to have as a manager,” says the man who was hired Thursday to replace Mike Quade, “is never to let your players see one way or the other how you’re feeling, whether you’re nervous or whether you’re mad or whatever. It’s a bad trait to show body language to the players, nowadays.”
Sveum, who has spent the last six seasons as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff, will almost certainly have that stoic demeanor tested like never before when he takes over a back-to-back fifth-place finisher undergoing a major overhaul.
Sveum, who turns 48 on Wednesday, agreed to a three-year deal, plus a team option for a fourth year, in team president Theo Epsein’s and general manager Jed Hoyer’s first major move since taking over the front office a few weeks ago. The Cubs will announce the hiring Friday.
After interviewing four candidates in an eight-day span through last week, the Cubs acted quickly this week to put themselves in position to pluck Sveum from the middle of the Boston Red Sox’ hiring process once it became apparent that front-runner Mike Maddux’s reluctance to uproot his family remained a sticking point.
Maddux, the Texas Rangers’ pitching coach the last three seasons, has two daughters in college in the Dallas area and is having a new home built there.
Sveum was scheduled for a second meeting with the Cubs on Tuesday night in Boston, just ahead of an already scheduled lunch meeting with the Red Sox on Wednesday. He also met with ownership from both teams Wednesday.
The Cubs also conducted initial interviews with Philadelphia Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Cleveland Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale (by phone).