Cubs' brass focus on clean slate
MESA, Ariz. – Cubs manager Dale Sveum has no intention of rehashing last season or even mentioning the 101 losses.
When Sveum does finally meet with the entire team at spring training – pitchers and catchers officially reported Sunday to Fitch Park, with position players due to officially arrive Saturday – he wants to focus on a clean slate. But finishing the 2013 season at .500, while it looks nice on paper, won’t lead any in the Cubs organization to declare the year a success.
“The only way to always dictate a season is if you get to the playoffs,” Sveum said. “Everything’s put on numbers, how many wins, playing .500. … When you start putting prices on numbers – oh well, .500 would be a good year this year. Well, .500, we’ll be going home just like we did last year.”
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