Chicago Cubs: Offseason needs; Maddon comes up short for award


The Cubs begin addressing needs for 2016, many of which tie into pitching

As the Chicago Cubs head into the offseason, it’s really no secret what the top priority is for Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein. Pitching. Pitching. Pitching. But while the Cubs will look to bolster their rotation, it isn’t the only area they will try to improve this winter. Some of the decisions will be in-house, such as deciding whether or not to sign Dexter Fowler who was a key piece to this team at the top of the order. The bullpen and role players will again be a focus as well as the Cubs try to strengthen the pen while finding solid players off the bench.

The Sporting News released its Manager of the Year award winners, and it was a bit of a shock. Joe Maddon didn’t win–and he had a solid case–but he finished third in the vote which comes from his peers in the National League. The Mets Terry Collins won while the Cardinals Mike Matheny finished second. Only one N.L. manager voted for Maddon. Surprising to say the least.

In our continuing review of the 2016 season, we take a look at Anthony Rizzo and his fine season that helped propel the Cubs into the NLCS. While his bold prediction of winning the NL Central didn’t come to fruition, the Cubs weren’t far off. From clutch home runs to highlight-reel plays in the field, Rizzo continues to grow into one of the best hitters and first baseman in the league.

These and other stories you might have missed: 

‘Breaking down the team’s needs heading into the winter’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Sporting News names Mets Collins NL Manager of the Year’ – Cubbies Crib

‘United by loss, duo helps Royals win WS opener’ – ESPN

‘Cubs Gradeout: Anthony Rizzo’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Mets show up one pitch late for World Series’ – Rising Apple

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