Chicago Cubs fire manager Mike Quade

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, Chicago Cubs' manager Mike Quade stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Quade will not return next season. Theo Epstein, the team's new president of baseball operations, announced the decision Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 after traveling to Florida to inform Quade.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2011 file photo, Chicago Cubs' manager Mike Quade stands in the dugout during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Quade will not return next season. Theo Epstein, the team's new president of baseball operations, announced the decision Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 after traveling to Florida to inform Quade. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

— Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade will not return next season.

New Cubs President Theo Epstein announced the move today in a statement.

Epstein, who took over last Tuesday, said he and new general manager Jed Hoyer met with Quade on Thursday at Wrigley Field and spoke again on the phone on Tuesday. Epstein said he flew to Florida today to fire Quade.

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