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Joe Maddon brushes aside report about his job status

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Joe Maddon on Tuesday brushed aside a report that said his job status could be in question.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale said in a column about manager salaries published on Monday that Maddon needs a big postseason to maintain job security.

From Nightengale’s column:

“Maddon wants to continue managing, but if the Cubs fail to make the playoffs, or go out quickly, his fate is tenuous, several baseball executives told USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity. The executives did not want to speak publicly about Maddon’s situation.”

Maddon, who is under contract as the Chicago Cubs’ manager through 2019, did not understand the rumor.

The Cubs are setting high standards these days, but pushing out Maddon doesn’t seem like it would make much sense. He’s been the team’s manager for three seasons and has reached the NLCS all three years. In 2016, the team came back and won their first World Series since 1908. Barring a total collapse, it’s hard to imagine Maddon not finishing out his contract.


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