By Joseph Phillips
After five season’s and breaking a 108-year-World Series curse on the
North Side, the Chicago Cubs parted ways with manager Joe
Maddon on Sunday morning September 29th. Cubs president of
baseball operations Theo Epstein decided not to extend his contract
for the 2020 season.
During his tenure, Maddon compiled a 471-338 overall record in Chicago
and led the team to a winning record in each of those years.
This includes 90+ wins and a postseason berth in four of five of those
seasons. And the famous 2016 season, where he led the Cubs to their
first World Series title since 1908.
After a meeting with Epstein on Saturday night after the Cubs and
St. Louis Cardinals game, the two had a friendly
dinner, with both parties agreeing that it was time for a change.
With the announcement coming on Sunday, the organization may look to
target an experienced manager in former Cubs catcher and New York
Yankees World Series champion Joe Girardi or former World Series
champion and Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia. In addition to
Girardi and Scioscia success as coaches, the front office could also
turn to lesser-known, inexperienced candidates in the likes of current
Cubs bench coach Mark Loretta or beloved franchise icon David Ross.
According to a numerous amount of Cubs fans on social media, Maddon
will be missed.