Chicago Cubs: Maddon’s teacher takes his place?
2. Mike Scioscia – If the rumors are true, the 60-year-old Scioscia is looking to get back in the game after leaving the Los Angeles Angels organization in 2018 after 18 seasons with the Halos.
In 1999, Terry Collins resigned late in the season as the Angels manager and Joe Maddon was made interim manager until Scioscia arrived. At that point, Scioscia kept Maddon on staff as an assistant until 2006 when Maddon took the big job with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Ever wonder where Maddon learned his unorthodox style? Scioscia wrote the book that Maddon is following.
That may be good news or bad news for Cubs fans, depending on if you liked Maddon’s quirkiness but if Scioscia gets the job, expect more of the same. Could Maddon’s former mentor and teacher be coming back to MLB but to take his student’s job?
It may not be as far-fetched as you may think. Scioscia’s family has had some interaction with the Cubs organization as his son Matthew played baseball for Notre Dame and was later traded to the Cubs in 2014. While he is no longer part of the organization, Scioscia is not completely unfamiliar with the Chicago Cubs and brings a big, historical, baseball name with a World Series championship in his pocket as well.
Move over Girardi, if Scioscia is interviewing for the job, I like his chances more than yours.