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.