Joe Maddon a Cub?

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It’s been just over 24 hours since Joe Maddon walked away from the Tampa Bay Rays and the rumour mills are swirling. Will he go to the Red Sox? He could wind up in New York or Cleveland.

The best one yet. He could be behind the Cubs’ bench next season.

Although an intriguing proposition and would make perfect sense in a perfect world, but folks, last time I checked, our perfect world doesn’t exist and if it did, it sure wouldn’t be all that perfect in Chicago.

What kind of message would it be sending if Maddon landed in the Windy City? Where would Rick Renteria go? Maddon is one of the best in the game, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it would be the best fit for the Cubs.

Renteria did a fantastic job with the team last season. We saw improvements with Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. We’re excited to see the new kids come up through the ranks in Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are all getting to know the club and the system and we should have an exciting season next year. It’s been worth it.

Not that signing Joe Maddon is the wrong decision, I think he’d certainly elevate the club to a whole other level, but maybe keeping Rick Renteria is the wiser decision. The Chicago Cubs have gone through so many managers over the past few years that their credibility would be under fire if they made the switch.

Sure, there’s been reporters like Ken Rosenthal tweeting that Joe Maddon is a leading contender for the Cubs and Theo Epstein is familiar with him but it wouldn’t be the right thing to do.

“For me, it’s not my responsibility to think for other organizations,” Maddon told Rosenthal. “I’m controlling what I can. I had this two-week window of opportunity. It’s about myself, my family, my charities. At the end of the day, I would never ask or tell an organization what to do. That’s not my business.”

On the other hand, it could be exactly what the Cubs need to make it over that hurdle of obscurity and mediocrity to World Series Champions. Maybe David Price might land in Chicago next?

The Cubs have a good thing going with Rick Renteria. He’s a player’s coach and although it would be business if they canned Rick for Joe, I’m sure he’d understand, it would also be a disservice to Renteria if they did that.

Now having said that, I would be a little more excited this time next year.

Believe it.

—Mark

5 comments

  1. Level Whimsicality · October 25, 2014

    How many times has it ever worked for the Cubs, or teams in general, chasing a manager messiah? I think the bigger factor isn’t who they can get, but to keep building on what they have. The Cubs are like a patient just coming off of life support and out of intensive care from the past several years; you cannot discount the clubhouse value Renteria has at this point in time.

    It may sound puerile, but what if Maddon doesn’t gel with the players? At least Rick seems to be liked while getting a positive trend under his tenure. Maybe fate had no more than another year in store for him anyway, but the blame chorus will really ratchet up next year if the Cubs underperform, with claims they squandered what they were building all for a prized manager. Reverse could be true as well, “If only we had gotten Maddon! That would be the Cubs in the World Series.”

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  2. Mark Gauthier · October 25, 2014

    You’re right. Renteria did a great job with the Cubs. It all comes down to growing pains. It would definitely be a raw deal if Maddon were hired. A smart move but a raw deal for Ricky. Maddon’s not a Band-Aid. The Cubs are doing the right thing by keeping Ricky. If they choose to go with Joe, I’d understand and welcome the change. In either case, there’s exiting times in Chicago for sure.

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  3. Minoring In Baseball · October 30, 2014

    Wow, I thought that Maddon would sit out the 2015 season, and look from their. The Cubs did improve throughout the season, and should be happy with the progression of their young players. I honestly thought that the Tigers might go after him, as they are in the ‘win now’ mode, and have some aging superstars. That, and Ilitch isn’t getting younger, either. If the Cubs do give Maddon his five year deal, they should be a very good and competitive team by that time.
    -Mike

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    • Mark Gauthier · November 10, 2014

      Well, they got him and now they’re going after a great pitcher. I like Scherzer but he might be too much. Shields would be great and I think that’s the missing link to the playoffs.

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      • Minoring In Baseball · November 10, 2014

        Well, Scherzer most likely won’t go back to the Tigers, so I’d rather see the Cubs get him than any other team. If Theo can fill in a few missing pieces, and the kids progress like they have been, it should be a lot of fun on the north side in 2015.

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