Jim Lefebvre, the Chicago Cubs' 10th manager in the past 10 years, was fired Wednesday after leading the team to only its third winning season since 1972.
"Jim has done a lot of what we hoped he would do and has started us in the right direction. However, I think more could have been accomplished considering some of the individual performances this year," General Manager Larry Himes said in a statement.
In Lefebvre's second year as manager, the Cubs had a strong stretch run and finished 84-78, in fourth place, 13 games behind National League East winner Philadelphia. They were 78-84 a year ago.
Lefebvre said the firing confused him.
"Everything was based on wins, and my record speaks for itself," he said in an interview from Scottsdale, Ariz. "I came into town to make the Cubs a winner, and I have a sense of accomplishment."