Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Dale Sveum after two-years of managing the team. Sveum was 127-197 during his two years as the Cubs manager.

Team president Theo Epstein met with Sveum Monday morning, after the meeting Sveum was fired.

“Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager,” Epstein said in a lengthy statement. “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.”

“In his own authentic and understated way, Dale always put the team first and never complained about the hand he was dealt,” Epstein said. “He and his staff helped us excel in game planning and defensive positioning, contributed to the emergence of several players, and helped put us in position to make some important trades.

“I have no doubt that — much like Terry Francona, whom we hired in Boston after his stint with a losing Phillies club — Dale will go on to great success with his next team.”

The Cubs have continually been linked to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi whose contract is up at the end of October.

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