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#pounditTuesday, December 6, 2022

Theo Epstein seems surprised by Joe Maddon’s comments about Cubs departure

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Theo Epstein seems surprised by Joe Maddon’s comments about his departure from the Chicago Cubs.

Maddon talked about his Cubs departure as part of a feature by ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez that you should definitely read.

In the feature, Maddon, who is now the manager of the Angels, talked about why he left the Cubs and said it came down to philosophical differences.

“Philosophically, Theo needed to do what he needed to do separately. At some point, I began to interfere with his train of thought a little bit. And it’s not that I’m hardheaded. I’m inclusive. But when I started there — ’15, ’16, ’17 — it was pretty much my methods. And then all of a sudden, after ’18 going into ’19, they wanted to change everything,” Maddon told Gonzalez.

Maddon also said he knew during last season that he didn’t want to return as the Cubs’ manager.

Epstein, who has been with the Cubs since after the 2011 season, gave a response to reporters Tuesday. Epstein said he was surprised to hear that Maddon knew during the season that he wouldn’t return.

The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney also quoted Epstein as saying he would take the high road in response to Maddon.

There is nothing acrimonious between the two men; both sides probably knew it was best to move on. And maybe Maddon didn’t vocalize it, but perhaps he knew deep down that he was ready for a change.

Epstein spent much of last year threatening big changes, and those threats did not produce positive results for the team. Maybe things will be different this year.

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