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Joe Maddon Newsbeat

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Epstein thinks Maddon will stay with Cubs past this season

CHICAGO- Joe Maddon’s future is a big question hovering over the Chicago Cubs heading into the season.

President of baseball operations Theo Epstein thinks everything is going to work out just fine.

“My bet is that it goes extraordinarily well with Joe and the whole group and that he’s here for a long time to come,” Epstein said.

However, past evidence suggests that, should things go sour, they will go very sour indeed…..

QLE Posted: January 20, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

How Cubs manager Joe Maddon helped recruit Bruce Arians to the Bucs

Bruce Arians needed some convincing.

At 66, the retired former Cardinals head coach was interested in interviewing for the Bucs job, but it also became a recruiting trip of sorts when he arrived in Tampa Friday night.

That’s when the Bucs got an assist from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Because, when I want advice concerning taking a job in football, I always ask a baseball manager….

 

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: advice, football, joe maddon, tampa bay

Monday, December 17, 2018

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon reveals the book he says is helping him manage millennial players

One in three American workers are millennials. In fact, this group is currently the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

To get a better grasp on how to manage and interact with this new generation of employees, many leaders are turning to outside resources for advice.

One of them is Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon. During day two of the team’s winter meetings, Maddon revealed that he plans to improve communication between the team’s front office employees and the young players on the roster, and said that he’s added “Managing Millennials for Dummies, ” to his off-season reading list.

Given that the oldest members of said generation are in their mid-thirties, shouldn’t Maddon have plenty of experience working with them by now?

QLE Posted: December 17, 2018 at 11:39 AM | 135 comment(s)
  Beats: book, joe maddon, managing, the generation gap

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Joe Maddon plans to manage beyond 2019, thinks of himself as a free agent to be rather than lame duck

Joe Maddon was back in the Tampa Bay area for a charity event in St. Petersburg, Fla., and talked to the Tampa Bay Times about a variety of topics. There were some intriguing Cubs-related nuggets included.

For starters, Maddon said he plans to be “a little more hands-on” in terms of on-field coaching work in 2019.

“I’ve always kind of stayed free of coaching because I really want to stay out of coaches’ way so they can do their job,” Maddon told Marc Topkin in the article. “I’ve always felt that is the right way to do it. But this year I’m going to get a little more hands-on involved in actually coaching.”

Mind you, given that he’s just two years away from winning the World Series, is that really a stance that’s indefensible?

QLE Posted: November 27, 2018 at 08:43 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, joe maddon, manager

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Epstein: Maddon to return for fifth season as Cubs manager

The Chicago Cubs expect to make changes after an early playoff exit. Just not in the manager’s office.

Joe Maddon will return as skipper for a fifth season, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday.

“He’s the manager of this team and I’m very happy about that,” Epstein said.

“And, if I end up not being so, I know some people in Boston who know exactly how to drive a guy away”, he later said off-the-record.

QLE Posted: October 04, 2018 at 05:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Joe Maddon is angry with MLB over Cubs weather-impacted schedule

A stretch of bad weather has put the Chicago Cubs in a difficult position schedule wise, and manager Joe Maddon is not pleased with how Major League Baseball is handling the situation.

After taking on the Milwaukee Brewers in a critical division game Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, Maddon’s Cubs will grab their packed overnight bags for a quick trip to Washington D.C. for a makeup game against the Nationals.

The rescheduled game means the Cubs will have a stretch of 30 consecutive days in which they’re required to report to the ballpark for a scheduled game. According to Maddon, that’s a workload the league should try to avoid putting on the players, regardless of the unique and unexpected circumstances.

After this press conference, Maddon immediately started yelling at Lake Michigan, ordering it to part itself so that he could walk to Benton Harbor.

QLE Posted: September 13, 2018 at 06:07 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, old man yells at cloud, weather

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Joe Maddon’s circle of trust shrinking as Cubs struggle

So, how long before he has twenty pitchers on his roster and only uses three of them?

MILWAUKEE—For contending teams, September often can be about finding out who you can trust in big moments—and who you can’t. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon might be able to use Tuesday’s ugly 11-1 blowout loss to the Milwaukee Brewers for the latter category as his circle of trust might be shrinking right now.

Let’s start on the mound, where he’s still searching for plus and minus relievers—those guy who can keep a game close in which the Cubs are trailing, and of course those who can hold a lead as well.

“We self-destructed, pitching-wise,” Maddon said of Tuesday’s game.

QLE Posted: September 05, 2018 at 08:26 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, pitching

 

 

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