Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum

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The Cubs announced that they have fired manager Dale Sveum, after two seasons with the organization.

“Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager,” Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein said in the official press release. “Dale has been a committed leader for this team the last two seasons, and I want to thank him for all of his dedication and hard work. I have a lot of admiration for Dale personally, and we all learned a lot from the way he has handled the trying circumstances of the last two years, especially the last two weeks, with strength and dignity.”

Sveum, 49, finished with a 127-196 record including a 61-101 record in 2012, the first 100-loss season for the Cubs since 1966. He posted a .393 win percentage in his time at the helm. He had one season left on a three-year deal that he signed in November, 2011.

“Today’s decision to pursue a new manager was not made because of wins and losses. Our record is a function of our long-term building plan and the moves we have made—some good, a few we would like back—to further this strategy,” Epstein said. “[GM] Jed [Hoyer] and I take full responsibility for that. Today’s decision was absolutely not made to provide a scapegoat for our shortcomings or to distract from our biggest issue—a shortage of talent at the major league level. We have been transparent about what we are, and what we are not yet. Today’s decision, which was painful for all of us, was made to move us closer to fulfilling our ultimate long-term vision for the Cubs.”

Sveum came to the organization after spending six seasons as a coach for the Brewers, including 12 games as the interim manager in 2008. Prior to his time in Milwaukee, Sveum served as a coach for the Red Sox in 2004-05. He played 12 seasons in the majors (1986-94, 96-99), spending most of his career in Milwaukee.

There is no official word on a replacement at this time.

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