first_img Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander first teammates with 300 Ks since 2002 He said Sunday that he and Maddon discussed it and that “this type of change is a win-win”.While the losing streak that saw Chicago plummet from NL Central and wild-card contention made Epstein’s call easier, all indications had pointed to a change in the dugout, with the Cubs underachieving throughout the season in a winnable division. Once both parties move on, though, it should be easy to appreciate the role Maddon played in a nearly unprecedented run of success for the franchise. He took the Cubs to the playoffs in his first four seasons, an unprecedented achievement, and won it all in 2016. The only comparable period in Cubs history came at the turn of the previous century, with the Cubs making the World Series four times in five seasons between 1906 and 1910 and winning titles in 1907 and 1908. While Maddon’s overall success didn’t net him a second contract, he showed he could apply his unique style to a high-profile team in a high-pressure market after previously leading Tampa Bay to relevance during his nine seasons there. “I’m not narcissistic enough to think this thing is always going to go our way or my way. … Of course it’s frustrating,” Maddon said Wednesday on Chicago’s 670 The Score. “But optimistically, always trying to figure out the positive, I’m still that guy.” Justin Verlander becomes 18th pitcher with 3,000 strikeouts Joe Maddon led the Cubs to heights unseen in more than a century, including their first World Series title in 108 years, but he won’t be back next season after seeing his magic touch disappear in 2019. Maddon will not get a new contract as Cubs manager, USA Today first reported Sunday. The Cubs held a press conference Sunday afternoon confirming the news. MLB wrap: Nationals secure home-field advantage in NL wild-card game Maddon will turn 66 this offseason, but there should be a job out there for him if he wants it. The Giants, Padres and Royals already have openings, and several more managerial dominos are expected to fall in the coming days. Maddon’s availability could cause some of that movement, as it did when the Cubs fired Rick Renteria strictly because Maddon became a free agent after the 2014 season. The Athletic reported this week that the Angels could cut ties with Brad Ausmus if they have a chance to land Maddon, who spent 31 years in the organization before taking the Tampa Bay job in 2006. As for who will replace him at Wrigley Field, reports in recent weeks indicated the search might not take long, with former Cubs catcher David Ross considered the favorite to take over. Ross retired after helping the Cubs win the World Series in 2016 and has served as a special assistant in the team’s front office and as an ESPN commentator since then. Theo Epstein, on the meeting Saturday night with Joe Maddon. pic.twitter.com/eBIembfcw6— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 29, 2019Maddon’s original five-year, $25 million deal with the team expires at the end of this season. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s decision to let Maddon go is no surprise, as the front office had seemed to sour on Maddon even before a September collapse that saw the Cubs eliminated from playoff contention Wednesday with four games still to play.  Related Newslast_img read more


first_imgCounty U-16 Division One Champions DungloeDUNGLOE’S U-16 boys made history today by winning the club’s first ever U-16 boys title, taking the league county title with a fine win over St Eunan’s at Termon this afternoon.It’s the first title at this level too for a west Donegal club since 1982.The Southern Division Champions proved just too strong for the Letterkenny side, hitting six superb goals in a 6-08 to 0-11 win. Ryan Connors’ goal in the first half had kept Dungloe level but it was Barry Curran’s goal just before half-time which gave them the edge, the goal coming seconds before the whistle.St Eunan’s worked the ball well at the start of the second half, but Ryan Green hit two goals and two more from James McCole and centre back Mark Curran finished a fine performance.Club captain Matthew Ward, in a generous speech, congratulated Eunan’s for a good game, admitting the scoreline was probably an unfair reflection on the game.Board chairman Pol O Maolaoigh congratulated both teams on a great season for the U-16 boys, insisting: “The future of football in Co Donegal is in great hands with great performances by so many of the Dungloe and St Eunan’s players this season.” THE HISTORY BOYS AS DUNGLOE TAKE U-16 COUNTY TITLE was last modified: November 23rd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeSt EunansU-16 County Division One finallast_img read more


first_imgPhiladelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has not had a good season. Vick has thrown just 11 touchdowns against nine interceptions, has been sacked 27 times and has lost three fumbles. He’s missed two games with a concussion, and appears to be running out of time in the City of Brotherly Love.Though he’s just a couple years removed from a Pro Bowl season in which he threw 21 touchdowns and just nine interceptions while running for 676 yards and nine scores, at 32 some may think Vick’s days as an NFL starter are coming to an end. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter says not so fast.“When you look around the league right now there are enough teams with enough quarterback questions,” Shefter opined on ESPN radio Wednesday. “But you look at right now, who has quarterback questions? Michael Vick, would he be an upgrade in Buffalo, would he be an upgrade in Arizona, would he be an upgrade with the Jets?“Would he be an upgrade with any team that has quarterback questions right now? Those three come to mind.”Schefter noted that if any of those teams feel like they can do better than Michael Vick then it’s possible he’ll be relegated to being a backup for whatever team he’s with next season.However, given that the Cardinals have started Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton, Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley over the last few seasons, it’s fair to believe that no, the Cardinals cannot do better than Michael Vick.last_img read more