Sveum, who turns 48 next week, brings 20 years of major league experience to the Cubs, including 12 seasons as a player and the last eight seasons on a major league coaching staff with a stint as interim manager of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. Sveum began his big league coaching career as the Boston Red Sox third base coach in 2004, helping to guide the club to its first World Championship in 86 years in his first season, and he led the 2008 Brewers to the postseason as the club’s interim manager.
After his final season as a player in 1999, Sveum quickly began his post-playing career by becoming manager of Pittsburgh’s Double-A Altoona affiliate in 2001, a position he held for three years. He led Altoona to its first-ever back-to-back winning seasons in 2002 and 2003, including the club’s first appearance in the Eastern League playoffs in 2003. Sveum was named the 2003 Top Managerial Prospect in the Eastern League by Baseball America.
Sveum was named to the Red Sox coaching staff in 2004 and spent two seasons in Boston, both playoff appearances, before joining the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff the following season. During his six seasons with the Brewers, the versatile Sveum served stints as the big league third base coach, bench coach and hitting coach. He was named interim manager on September 15, 2008 and led the Brewers to a 7-5 record down the stretch and a spot in the playoffs as the National League Wild Card.
Originally selected by the Brewers in the first round (25th overall) of the 1982 draft, Sveum played for seven different teams during his 12-season career at the big league level: Milwaukee (1986-88, 1990-91), Philadelphia (1992), the White Sox (1992), Oakland (1993), Seattle (1994), Pittsburgh (1996-97, 1999) and the Yankees (1998). Sveum batted .236 with 125 doubles, 69 home runs and 340 RBI in 862 major league contests. The former shortstop enjoyed his best season in 1987, producing career highs in nearly every offensive category.
Sveum was born in Richmond, CA, and graduated from Pinole Valley High School, where he played baseball, football and basketball, earning All-State and All-America honors at quarterback. He turned down a football and baseball scholarship at Arizona State University to play professional baseball.
Sveum, his wife Darlene, their daughter Brittane and son Rustin reside in Scottsdale, AZ.