Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will reportedly return for his fifth season with the team in 2019.
Oct 2, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon speaks at a press conference after losing to the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 National League wild card playoff baseball game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
There had been some speculation about Maddon’s future in Chicago following a disappointing finish. The Cubs, who had the best record in the National League for much of the second half this season, lost an NL Central tiebreaker to Milwaukee on Monday and lost the NL wild-card game to Colorado on Tuesday to be eliminated from the postseason.
However, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday that Maddon will be back for the final year of his five-year contract. USA Today reports Maddon will not be offered a contract extension, as he enters the final year of a five-year, $25 million pact.
Maddon, 64, was the National League Manager of the Year in 2015 and helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years in 2016.
He has a 387-261 (.597) record with the Cubs and is 1,168-990 (.541) overall in 15 seasons as a manager, including prior stints with Tampa Bay and Anaheim.
Cubs president Theo Epstein was expected to address Maddon’s status during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.
—Field Level Media