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Cubs pick Sveum as manager

Former Red Sox coach will be introduced today

C. KERSHAW 27 1st-place votes C. KERSHAW 27 1st-place votes
Associated Press / November 18, 2011

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The Cubs yesterday hired Dale Sveum as their new manager, hoping the Brewers hitting coach can help turn around the long-suffering franchise.

The Cubs said Sveum would be introduced at a news conference today at Wrigley Field. Multiple news outlets reported Sveum will sign a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth year.

Sveum also interviewed for the Red Sox’ managerial vacancy and met a second time this week with officials from both the Cubs and Boston. Sveum served as Boston’s third base coach in 2004-05 under new Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

Sveum, who turns 48 next Wednesday, has little experience as a manager, other than a 12-game interim stint for the Brewers late in 2008. He replaces Mike Quade, who was fired after the Cubs finished 71-91 and extended their infamous championship drought to 103 seasons.

Kershaw wins NL Cy Young

Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw won the National League Cy Young Award in a runaway, receiving received 27 of 32 first-place votes and 207 points in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The Phillies’ Roy Halladay, last year’s winner, was second with four first-place votes and 133 points. Halladay’s teammate, Cliff Lee, was third with 90 points, followed by the Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy with 76 points.

Kershaw, 23, tied for the league lead with 21 victories, and paced the NL with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts. He went 8-0 with a 0.96 ERA in his final nine starts. Kershaw was especially effective at Dodger Stadium, where he went 12-1 with the lowest home ERA in the big leagues at 1.69. Opponents batted just .207 against him overall.

It was the 10th Cy Young Award won by a Dodger, following Don Newcombe (1956), Don Drysdale (1962), Sandy Koufax (1963, ’65, ’66), Mike Marshall (1974), Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Orel Hershiser (1988), and Eric Gagne (2003).

Kotsay back with Padres

The Padres agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with former Red Sox first baseman/outfielder Mark Kotsay. He hit .270 for the Brewers last season. Kotsay played for San Diego from 2001-03 . . . The Phillies re-signed backup catcher Brian Schneider to a one-year contract worth $800,000. Schneider, 34, can earn an additional $200,000 in performance bonuses . . . The Nationals named Randy Knorr bench coach. Knorr previously managed Washington’s Triple A team in Syracuse. . . Wally Backman was named manager of the Mets’ Triple A affiliate in Buffalo.

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