Maddon will return in 2019 for the ultimate season of his five-year, $28 million contract, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein confirmed to reporters Wednesday. He added that there have been no talks a couple of contract extension.
These revelations aren’t an enormous shock, however some had questioned Maddon’s standing given the Cubs’ abrupt exit from the postseason and rumors of potential friction with Epstein. The latter pushed again on that notion, saying the pair have a “terrific working relationship” and including that he would not need a “sure man” as his supervisor anyway.
Theo Epstein says Joe Maddon will return subsequent season as #Cubs supervisor. Whereas acknowledging some disagreements with Maddon — and there aren’t any ongoing extension talks — Theo insists: “We now have a terrific working relationship.”
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) October 3, 2018
One different think about some hypothesis that Maddon won’t return is the Angels’ present managerial emptiness. Mike Scioscia stepped down Sunday after 19 years on the helm, and the final man to handle the Angels earlier than him was … Joe Maddon, who was on the helm for the ultimate 29 video games of the 1999 season after Terry Collins was fired. Maddon spent 31 years as a participant, scout, minor-league supervisor and coach within the Angels group earlier than the Rays named him their supervisor forward of the 2006 season.
Maddon jumped to the big-budget Cubs in November 2014 and has led the staff to sustained success not seen in Wrigleyville in a century. The Cubs have received at the least 92 regular-season video games and made the playoffs in every of Maddon’s 4 seasons, lastly ending their 108-year World Collection title drought in 2016. The staff had reached 92 wins in a season solely as soon as within the 25 years earlier than Maddon’s arrival.
These kinds of accomplishments carry much less weight across the sport than they used to, as evidenced by the Yankees and Nationals parting methods with Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker, respectively, after journeys to the playoffs final season. However Maddon is protected for at the least another yr.