It's not often that a Major League Baseball manager can win the World Series and have that moment serve as the beginning of the end but that was the case for Joe Maddon and the 2016 Chicago Cubs.
Of course, Maddon managed the Cubs to the World Series in 2016 but his managing during the final two games of the World Series marked the beginning of a fracture between the manager and the team's front office.
Maddon remained with the Cubs through the 2019 season before becoming the Los Angeles Angels manager in 2020. Maddon was fired by the Angels 56 games into the 2022 season and has yet to return to a Major League clubhouse.
Maddon is hoping that changes this winter.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Maddon is hoping to manage in the Major Leagues once again and has his eyes on the New York Mets' managerial opening.
Former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is hoping to speak with the New York Mets regarding their managerial opening.
With David Stearns now in place at the top of the Mets' front office, there has been plenty of speculation between Mets and Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell. Counsell is a free agent this winter and given the connection he has with Stearns from their time together in Milwaukee, there has been an expectation that he will be making the jump from the Brewers to the Mets this winter.
Maddon, based on comments he has made since his firing by the Angels, hasn't missed an opportunity to take aim at how teams are currently operated at the Major League level. Maddon has routinely spoken out against front-office involvement with the day-to-day operations of a team and that seemingly does not blend well with a Mets team owned by Steve Cohen.
Maddon likely isn't high on the Mets' list of potential managers and while he will always be remembered in Chicago for his efforts in 2016, the game has passed him by.