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Joe Maddon Newsbeat

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Joe Maddon is on the hottest of hot seats

Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic have written a fantastically revealing article about the 2019 Chicago Cubs.

The story, on the surface anyway, might be confused for one of those pre-Opening Day team philosophy pieces in which a bunch of players and executives talk about how they need to “go about their business” a better way, focus on the little things and all of that common, cliche-driven material. And yes, there is a fair amount of that in there.

But the larger arc of it is more revealing than that. The whole thing reads like a warning shot from the front office toward the players and coaching staff, with Joe Maddon standing out as a particular subject of rebuke. Indeed, it’s hard to read the thing without believing that, absent a super fast start and a return to championship form, Maddon is gonna be fired this year.

The article has been shared on social media a lot since going live yesterday, and most of that sharing has focused on little things like the Cubs wanting players to eat less fast food this year and batting practice being mandatory a certain number of days a week. But it’s bigger than that. The article doesn’t contain any incendiary quotes or veiled threats, but it seems pretty clear that Maddon is taking blame for the team not being focused in the past.

Wow, the Cubs got greedy really fast….

QLE Posted: March 26, 2019 at 06:18 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, theo epstein

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Joe Maddon explains ‘own it now’ slogan for 2019 Cubs

MESA, Ariz. - Joe Maddon had an extra month to work out his standard slogan for the new year ahead, but he probably didn’t need it.

Maddon’s phrase for 2019 - “own it now” - could’ve been hatched in mid-October and that’s not at all critiquing the slogan. It’s just that the main narrative around the Cubs hasn’t changed since the first hour of the offseason when stunned players hung around at their lockers and talked about the lack of urgency at times throughout the season.

The Cubs’ main talking point all winter has been trying to find that “urgency” and “edge” every single day in 2019 and showing up to the ballpark every morning/afternoon with a mission in mind. We saw this team accomplish that feat in 2016 but haven’t seen it consistently in the two years since.

Are we sure this isn’t just a pitch for a timeshare?

 

QLE Posted: February 13, 2019 at 04:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, slogans

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

 

 

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