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_img1 1 Everton face Young Boys at Goodison Park GoalkeeperTim Howard’s dip in form has seen a number of observers to call of him to be dropped, but it looks as though Martinez will stand by his under-fire star.DefenceWhile Martinez might be tempted to rest some of his first choice players, it seems as though he will opt for a strong backline. Despite conceding against Young Boys last time out, the Toffees’ backline should have a relatively trouble-free evening. With John Stones suspended, the only expected change is Antolin Alcaraz, who could get the nod.MidfieldAaron Lennon featured prominently in training, but the on-loan wideman remains cup-tied, so will no feature. One player who is desperate to feature though is Gareth Barry. The midfielder has struggled this season and recently spoke of a determination to retrun to form.AttackMartinez was forced to go on the defensive yet again in his pre-match press conference, this time backing striker Romelu Lukaku, who followed his first-leag hat-trick heroics with a poor display against Leicester. The Belgian is therefore expected to be selected, as is youngster Christian Atsu, who recently spoke of a desire to use his African Cup of Nations success to kick start his season.Everton fans, how do you think you’ll line-up this evening? Comment below… In the end it was a relatively trouble-free victory, as Everton eased to a 4-1 victory over Young Boys in their Europa League last-32 first leg clash. With such a healthy aggregate though, it seems as though the only ones standing in the way of the Toffees and the tournament’s last-16 is themselves, a problem Roberto Martinez’s team have encountered one too many times this season.Martinez will be the first to admit that his side have been the football equivalent of Jekyll and Hyde, with their domestic and European forms polar opposites.While their league form continues to disappoint – Everton have won just one of their last ten matches – when it comes to European competition, there have been few better teams than the Merseysiders.With a Premier League clash against Arsenal on the horizon, Martinez would be forgiven for placing more focus on his worrying league position, but how could that affect Everton’s line-up this evening?last_img read more