Joe Maddon will forever be the guy who led the Chicago Cubs to a title. But there are certain traits he possessed the team can do without moving forward.
I’m going to steal the Chicago Cubs president’s words by starting off saying Joe Maddon is most likely a Hall of Fame manager and maybe the best Chicago Cubs manager of all time. What Maddon has done is amazing and beyond words.
I mean, we’re talking about the man who turned the Lovable Losers into a perennial postseason contender. He took the Cubs from their darkest days early in the rebuild to shocking the baseball world with 97 wins and a run to the NLCS in 2015. Of course, he followed that up with a division title and World Series championship the next year and yet another NLCS appearance in 2017.
In other words, Joe, we love you. As we move forward and look forward, not backward, we know what traits of Joe Maddon or Maddonisms we probably don’t need in a new Cubs manager. Why not use Maddon’s own expressions to explain what we don’t want in a new skipper.
So with all due respect to Maddon, here are the top three Maddonisms the next top man in the Chicago dugout doesn’t need to have in order to be successful.