In hindsight, it should have been obvious all along that Dale Sveum would be the Cubs’ next manager. Sveum projects a no-nonsense attitude, perfectly in sync with the Cubs’ new president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and the top lieutenants he’s brought in, headed by general manager Jed Hoyer.

“He knows the game inside and out,” Epstein said in introducing Sveum as the Cubs’ manager at a Wrigley Field news conference today. He added that he expected Sveum to “teach the Cubs way as we strive to win the World Series.”

That, of course, is the new “Cubs way” Epstein has been talking about since he got here this fall, not the Cubs’ way that has seen them go 103 years since their last World Series win.