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_imgWinston was quick to point out that wasn’t the case despite the Rams last-ditch efforts.”We finished,” he told reporters. Related News QB Jameis Winston on what the key to the game was:“We finished.”— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) September 30, 2019Indeed, Tampa Bay did. Jameis Winston had a very brief reaction after the Buccaneers held on to beat the Rams, 55-40, at LA Memorial Coliseum on Sunday.The fifth-year quarterback entered the game after a tough Week 3 loss to the Giants where the Bucs had an 18-point lead at halftime but wound up losing by one point. Rams’ Aaron Donald on slow start to 2019: ‘I’ve got to get myself going’ Winston was 28-of-41 passing for 385 yards and four touchdowns in the team’s second win of the season. He also threw two interceptions with one returned for a pick-six late in the fourth quarter.Rams cornerback Marcus Peters had a 32-yard interception returned for a touchdown to bring Los Angeles within five points. But yet another big play on defense, this time by former-Ram-turned-Buc Ndamukong Suh, sealed the victory.Here come the #LARams@MarcusPeters PICK-6! 🚨 #TBvsLAR📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/lm0vvtP8ei pic.twitter.com/yBg5kb3ROt— NFL (@NFL) September 29, 2019Shaq Barrett forces the fumble and @NdamukongSuh takes it to the house against his former team!@Buccaneers cross the 50-point mark. #TBvsLAR📺: FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/lm0vvtP8ei pic.twitter.com/zX85i504Uc— NFL (@NFL) September 29, 2019Winston wants to make sure the team remains on an even keel when it enters its Week 5 matchup in New Orleans against the Saints.last_img read more