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Cubs Fire Dale Sveum

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum on Monday after the team finished in last place in the N.L. Central.

 Sveum went 127-197 in his two seasons with Chicago and was 66-96 this season.

"Today, we made the very difficult decision to relieve Dale Sveum of his duties as Cubs manager," team president Theo Epstein said in a 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."

Cubs star shortstop Starlin Castro failed to live up to the expectations placed on him this season and first baseman Anthony Rizzo's progress was stalled.

"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."

There are reports that the Cubs may reach out to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who played for the team and is a native of Chicago.

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