The Chicago Cubs have named former Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum as the 58th manager of their baseball club.

As somewhat eerily relayed to us by ESPN’s Gordon Edes:

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer were seen walking into Sveum’s hotel on Thursday afternoon. They emerged an hour later, walking with Sveum out of the hotel and into a waiting car.

Shortly after that, multiple sources began reporting that Sveum had accepted the Cubs offer.

Chicago’s newest manager played in the Majors for eight teams over thirteen years, and coached for two different organizations over the last eight seasons. His reputation as a good managerial prospect, but lousy third base coach precedes him. Sveum will be introduced at a press conference scheduled for Friday, 9:00 AM CT at Wrigley Field.

There’s also this:

As we discussed earlier today, Sveum taking the Cubs job, leaves the Boston Red Sox and their managerial search in disarray.