Special Assignment Scout
Dale Sveum is in his seventh season with the Royals and first as a special assignment scout. He previously served on the Royals’ Major League coaching staff as the bench coach (2018-19), hitting coach (2014-17) and third base coach (2014).
During the 2017 season, Sveum’s final year as the club’s hitting coach, the Royals set the franchise record with 193 home runs, including a then-team record 38 by Mike Moustakas. He also helped lead the club to the 2015 World Series championship as well as back-to-back appearances in the Fall Classic in 2014-15.
Sveum came to Kansas City with an abundance of coaching experience at the Major League level, most recently serving as manager of the Chicago Cubs for two seasons (2012-13). He also served on the Milwaukee Brewers’ (2006-11) and Boston Red Sox (2004-05) coaching staffs, which included a 12-game stint as the interim manager with Milwaukee in 2008. Prior to his tenure with Boston, he served as a manager with Altoona (AA) in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization for three years (2001-03).
Sveum played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with Milwaukee (1986-91), Philadelphia (1992), the Chicago White Sox (1992), Oakland (1993), Seattle (1994), Pittsburgh (1996-97, 1999) and the New York Yankees (1998). He enjoyed his best season in 1987 with the Brewers, slugging a career-high 25 home runs and collected 95 RBI. An infielder, Sveum was originally selected by Milwaukee in the first round (25th overall) of the 1982 Draft.
He graduated from Pinole Valley (Calif.) High School in 1982, where he earned all-state and All-America honors as a quarterback on the football team.
Dale and his wife, Darlene, reside in Scottsdale, Ariz. The couple has two children, Brittane and Rustin. Rustin is a Minor League Video Coordinator with the club.