Chicago Cubs: This job is Maddon’s as long as he wants it
We’re living in a time where loyalty means far less than it used to. A society focused on instant gratification and a ‘what have you done for me lately’ mentality. But I have a message for Cubs fans. Joe Maddon is the right man for this job.
I don’t care about the league-wide trend of flipping proven (expensive) managers for unproven commodities. Last fall, we saw Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi and John Farrell all lose their jobs in lieu of Dave Martinez, Aaron Boone and Alex Cora.
But, as we’ve seen in Washington, doing so is far from a guarantee of success. The Nationals may very well miss the postseason in 2018. Cora and Boone, of course, inherited loaded rosters seemingly destined for October.
Sure, Maddon won’t come cheap after his current contract expires. But you know what? He’s earned every penny. He’ll likely head into 2019 a perfect four-for-four in postseason appearances, three NL Central crowns with at least three NLCS and a World Series title.
Seems like a worthwhile investment if you ask me.