CINCINNATI - Cubs manager Dale Sveum on the hot seat?
But one day after suggesting players' jobs were on the line -- including those of core guys Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo - Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the Cubs' poor play so far this season has him thinking about his own job security.
"I'd be lying if I said you didn't think about yourself with some of this stuff, too," Sveum said Monday before the last-place Cubs played the defending division champion Cincinnati Reds.
"But that's something you don't have control over. I've got control over my job and my coaching staff to prepare everybody every day, from spring training, this and that. That's all I can do."
The Cubs front office, which brought Sveum in at the start of a major tear-down of the big-league team, has consistently backed the manager to the point of taking responsibility for last year's 101-loss season. Nothing has changed two weeks into the second season, and Sveum said he has received nothing but support from team president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
"No doubt," he said.
Sveum reiterated the point he made Sunday when he suggested no player's job is safe if he doesn't perform well enough in the majors, regardless of talent, reputation or alleged "core player" status - including All-Star shortstop Castro and hand-picked building-block first baseman Rizzo.
"They're not the only ones," he said. "Nobody's exempt. Just pointing them out. That doesn't' mean they're [getting demoted]. ...
"I'm not pointing fingers at them. Nobody's exempt. I'm [not] exempt to being fired. [Neither] is the coaching staff. We're all in this together on this team. We're all [accountable] for this."