Mike Quade will not be returning as manager as the Chicago Cubs.
The move was expected after the Cubs brought in Theo Epstein as head of baseball operations and Jed Hoyer as general manager.
Quade, who had one year left on his contract as well as a team option for 2013, was told by Epstein on Wednesday that the team was going in another direction.
"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 in a statement. "After spending some time with him this past week, it became apparent to me that Mike's reputation is well deserved. His passion, knowledge of the game, commitment, and integrity stood out immediately.
"While Mike is clearly an asset to any organization and any major league staff, Jed and I believe that the Cubs would benefit long-term from bringing in a manager for 2012 who can come in with a clean slate and offer new direction."
The Cubs went 71-91 ...