Jim Frey lost the struggle for control of the Chicago Cubs yesterday and was replaced by former Chicago White Sox general manager Larry Himes.
Frey, who took over as general manager after the 1987 season, had seen his power erode in a battle with former club president Don Grenesko. Frey, who has one year remaining on his contract and will report to Himes, was forced by Grenesko to fire manager Don Zimmer, Frey's close friend.
"I've had better days, I've had worse," said Frey, a former Baltimore Orioles coach. "There are good changes and bad."
Himes built the White Sox into a contender, but was fired after the 1990 season. He was given the title of executive vice president of baseball operations while Frey was demoted to senior vice president.