Joe Maddon will not return as Cubs manager
Joe Maddon’s tenure as manager of the Chicago Cubs is coming to an unsurprising end.
The Cubs announced the move Sunday ahead of the final game of the season, following a meeting between Maddon and team president Theo Epstein on Saturday evening.
Theo and Joe announce the end. Both agree “this type of change is a win-win”. pic.twitter.com/8CdXvGjaSd
— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) September 29, 2019
Maddon will always be remembered as the manager who helped deliver the Cubs’ first World Series in 108 years. He’s 471-338 as the team’s skipper in a tenure that included four postseason appearances. In the final year of his contract, however, the Cubs collapsed down the stretch and will miss the playoffs, which gave Epstein little choice.
As late as August, Maddon believed he’d get a new contract. Things changed in September, though, and given how the team’s season finished, this will not come as a shocker. Maddon should not be out of work for very long.