Multiple teams are interested in bringing in Joe Maddon as their manager, but one team seems to have a better shot than the rest.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Angels are Maddon’s top choice, and he is set to interview with them this week.
Joe Maddon will interview with the #Angels early this week and they are his No. 1 choice, sources tell The Athletic. Maddon spent 31 years in Angels’ organization before joining the Rays as manager in 2006. First to report interview with LAA: @Buster_ESPN.
Maddon is said to have interest from another California team as well, but they don’t have the same organizational ties. Maddon spent decades in the Angels’ organization and they have always been regarded as a favorite. It may be that they’re the singular favorite to land him.
The Chicago Cubs may have decided not to bring Joe Maddon back as manager, but that does not mean other teams aren’t interested in the veteran skipper.
Maddon has received interest from multiple teams for managerial jobs, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Morosi says the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres are two of the teams that have shown interest in Maddon.
Joe Maddon has received interest in recent days from multiple @MLB clubs with managerial openings, sources say. The #Angels and #Padres are among them. @MLBNetwork
Maddon has history with the Angels. He was a longtime bench coach in the organization and even briefly served as an interim manager. He spent time with the team from 1975-2005 as both a player and later a coach.
Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006-2014, taking them to the World Series. He was the Chicago Cubs’ manager the last five seasons and led the team to their first World Series in 108 years.
The Los Angeles Angels announced their decision to fire manager Brad Ausmus after the Chicago Cubs parted ways with Joe Maddon, but one move apparently had nothing to do with the other.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today was told by a high-ranking Angels official that the team made its decision to move on from Ausmus before knowing what Maddon’s status would be. While Maddon has been viewed as a logical fit to take over in Los Angeles, there was no front-runner for the job as of Monday afternoon.
Maddon will be a candidate for the Angels job and several others. The San Diego Padres have a young, talented roster and are also expected to pursue the 65-year-old. If Maddon enjoyed managing in a big market in Chicago and wants to do that again, the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets are two other teams that could very well have managerial vacancies in the near future.
Of course, Maddon has deep ties to the Angels. He was with the organization for 31 years as a player and coach before he was named the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, so it’s easy to see why he is considered the favorite for the job.
Maddon spent 31 years with the Angels organization before becoming a manager. He has deep ties there, and that will only make the fit seem more obvious.
If Maddon does land the job, it will be quite reminiscent of how he got the Chicago Cubs’ position. They had hired Rick Renteria as manager one year before, and promptly fired him when Maddon became available. It ultimately paid off for Chicago, and the Angels would be hoping for similar success.
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.
Joe Maddon knows he may take some heat for the lineup he plans to use for the remainder of the regular season, but he does not care.
Maddon’s Chicago Cubs are in the middle of an 8-game losing streak and were eliminated from the playoff race on Wednesday. The manager put out a lineup on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates that includes many of the team’s bench players.
Regulars like Anthony Rizzo, Nicholas Castellanos, Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, and Jason Heyward were out. Tony Kemp, Robel Garcia, David Bote, Jonathan Lucroy, Victor Caratini, Addison Russell and Albert Almora Jr. were in.
Maddon is planning to use many of those bench players for their weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals, who are competing with the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central title. He knows some with Milwaukee may complain about the lack of star players in the lineup.
“Of course they’re going to b—h, and I get it, but quite frankly, there are certain things I really don’t give a s– about, and that would be one of them,” Maddon said.
I got news for any Brewers fans who may complain: the Cubs’ regulars have lost eight in a row and collapsed down the stretch. How can you really argue that the “A” lineup with those guys is presently better than the “B” lineup anyway?
The Cubs will still be playing, and they’re not going to fold any more than they already have. Plus, Brewers fans can’t complain about the Cubs being so bad that they were eliminated from the playoffs (thereby helping Milwaukee some) and be upset when it helps the Cardinals. They should just be happy that the Cubs are bad.
More Lester on Maddon: “You talk about a rebuild, you talk about signings, you talk about all that stuff, he was the first guy to write his name on the paper. He believed. Him believing made other people believe. What he’s done for this city, its huge.
The Cubs may decide that they need a new voice leading the team. That’s probably better than having the cloud of Maddon uncertainty hovering over the team and the threat of major changes.
But Maddon’s body of work is admirable. He won 97 games in his first season with the team, 103 the next, and then 92 and 95. He took the Cubs to at least the NLCS in three straight years, and of course, he won the team’s first World Series since 1908, breaking a nearly 100-year-long curse. Except for this year’s disappointment, Maddon did incredible things for the Cubs. He’ll be sought-after if he ends up looking for a new job.
The Cubs had lost five of their last six before salvaging Thursday’s game against the San Diego Padres. That left them tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card spot. Though the Brewers lost Christian Yelich for the season, they do have the easier schedule down the stretch.
There’s even more to it, though. Maddon is currently a lame duck manager with no contract for next season. Though he had hoped to get a new one, it’s hard to see that happening if the Cubs miss the playoffs given the expectations they had for the season. Maddon may well be managing for his job down the stretch.
The Chicago Cubs have been steadfast in their refusal to discuss a new contract with Joe Maddon, who is in the final year of the five-year contract he signed when joining the organization. That doesn’t mean Maddon sees no future in Chicago, though.
Maddon said Sunday his optimism is “very high” that the Cubs will give him a new contract, even as the team sits a modest 1.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
“It’s very high, yeah,” Maddon said, via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. “Very high. Very, very high. I’m operating in that I believe we’ll be together for a couple more years at least.”
Maddon’s confidence comes despite the fact that the front office has been unhappy at various points about the team’s progress this season. It’s entirely possible he has some private assurances, but you’d still think a division title is imperative.
The Cubs have already sent struggling Addison Russell down to the minors. They acquired Tony Kemp from Houston and Nicholas Castellanos from Detroit in deadline trades. On Thursday, Kemp was starting at second base and Castellanos in right field against the Cardinals.
Albert Almora Jr. (25) and David Bote (26) are two of the younger players who are likely to see a reduction in playing time. 24-year-old Ian Happ may see the same fate. None of the three players have a batting average higher than .246 this season.