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_imgKiviiri (left) is one of the new faces at BetWay Power (Agency Photo)KAMPALA – Like it has always been the case in the recent past, Betway sponsored Basketball side-Power sign several players in the off-season.Again, last year’s losing finalist have sealed the signing of three more players to blooster their squad ahead of the 2019 season. The number may be half of the six they signed last time but the names are ones which rise eyebrows in the Basketball community.The new faces that are coming in are; Libe Makala, Samuel Agutu and Syrus Kiviiri.Makala who is predominantly a shooting guard, joins from JKL Dolphins, Kiviiri (Guard) from Pemba Warriors while Agutu (Small Forward) comes in from UCU Canons.For a side that has not won a championship since Ben Komakech (now with City Oilers) and Isaac Afidra delivered in Game 7 of the 2011 finals, a finals appearance is not enough as they will be gunning for the championship this time round.After winning the regular season to finish as the top seed, Power were swept in the best of 7 finals by City Oilers in last year’s final.The 2019 National Basketball League season starts on Friday, April 12 with Power taking on City Oilers at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.Comments Tags: Betway Powercity oilersLibe MakalaNBLSamuel AgutuSyrus Kiviirilast_img read more