Chicago Cubs Fire Manager Mike Quade as Playoff Drought Hits Three Years

The Chicago Cubs fired manager Mike Quade after their third consecutive season without a playoff appearance, the Major League Baseball club announced on its website.

Quade’s ouster comes two weeks after the Cubs hired former Boston Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein to be their president of baseball operations. Epstein announced the firing in a statement on the Cubs’ website today after two days of meetings and a flight to Florida to inform Quade in person.

Epstein said the club is looking for a fresh perspective as it begins to rebuild for next season.

“When I joined the Cubs last week, I knew that Mike had a reputation as an outstanding baseball guy, as a tireless worker and as a first-rate human being,” Epstein said on the website. “His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment and integrity stood out immediately.”

Quade, 54, replaced Lou Piniella as interim manager on Aug. 22, 2010, going 24-13 in the team’s final 37 games that season. The Cubs finished this year 71-91, fifth in the six-team National League Central division for the second straight year.

Epstein said the search for a new manager will begin immediately, without mentioning specific names. Former Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg, who interviewed for the job when Piniella retired, is currently managing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, a minor-league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Quade had one year and $1 million remaining on a two-year contract he signed with the club last year, according to ESPN.

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