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March 29, 1954
After telling reporters his team had little chance to finish in the first division, skipper Phil Cavarretta is fired by the Cubs. The 36 year-old player-manager, who compiled a 169-213 (.442) record during his three years at the helm, is the first person to lose a managerial position during spring training.
March 21, 1978
In a surprise move, Padres manager Alvin Dark becomes the second manager ever fired during spring training after being told that he was having difficulties communicating with his players. San Diego names Roger Craig, the club's pitching coach, as the interim skipper.
March 17, 1999
In a rare dismissal of a manager in spring training, the Blue Jays, after deciding he has lost all his credibility, fire Tim Johnson, replacing him with Jim Fregosi. In the offseason, the former Toronto skipper, after claiming he had seen combat in Vietnam, reveals he lied about his military service, causing many players on his team to lose all respect for him as their field boss.
March 5, 2002
Red Sox skipper Joe Kerrigan becomes the fourth manager to be fired during spring training. The team's former pitching coach, who guided the club to a 17-26 record after taking over for Jimy Williams last August, had signed a multi-year contract to be Boston's field boss with then-GM Dan Duquette, but was not favored by the new ownership that took control last month.