Sveum advances to bunt tourney Sweet 16

MESA, Ariz. -- There is a ringer in the Chicago Cubs' bunt tournament, and it just happens to be the guy who invented the game.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum pulled off the victory over one of the tournament favorites, Ryan Dempster, as the final 16 of the 64-person tournament has now been decided. Sveum advanced Friday along with Paul Maholm, Jeff Baker and David DeJesus.

Those four advance to the Sweet 16 along with Adrian Cardenas, Blake Lalli, Wellington Castillo, Steve Clevenger, Joe Mather, Starlin Castro, Jeff Beliveau, Trey McNutt, Chris Rusin, Casey Coleman, Jeff Samardzija and Randy Wells.

Sveum came up with a bunt competition back when he was a minor-league manager in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He turned that into the current format where players score points by placing bunts into a number grid down each baseline.

Some players have suggested there was a $50 entry fee which, if true, would mean there is $3,200 up for grabs when the contest is ultimately decided.