Cubs, Joe Maddon Part Ways

It's an amicable split, with both sides saying change is good for everyone.

WBBM Newsradio Staff
September 29, 2019 - 10:25 am

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Cubs and Manager Joe Maddon have parted ways.

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The 65-year-old skipper and Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein met with members of the media today in St. Louis, where Chicago was playing its season finale. The tone was amicable, with Maddon calling the transition a "win-win" for both sides.

"There's no tears shed. It's a good moment for everybody," Maddon said. "We're both excited about our futures."

It was widely expected that the Cubs would not offer Maddon a new contract. The popular and mostly unflappable Maddon was finishing the fifth and final season of his contract. His tenure has included highs – the World Series crown in 2016 after an epic drought for the ballclub – as well as more recent lows. Chicago, 84-77 at press time, will not make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Maddon and Epstein met Saturday night over a bottle of wine to discuss the split.

"Change can help you grow," Epstein said.

Maddon said he would be interested in managing another major-league ball club. Epstein predicted there would be a "bidding war" for his services.

There was no immediate word on Maddon's replacement on the North Side.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, in a prepared statement, thanked Maddon for success achieved during his tenure.

“His leadership and dedication produced one of the best eras in the history of Cubs baseball and, of course, the thrilling 2016 World Series Championship,” Ricketts said. “On a personal level, I continue to count Joe as a friend. Joe is as warm, genuine and engaging as a person can be and we wish him only the best.”