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_imgJames Franklin answers questions from reporters after he was introduced as Penn State’s new football coach during a news conference on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/John Beale)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Penn State football coach James Franklin did nothing “inappropriate” when he contacted the woman who claims four of Franklin’s former players at Vanderbilt University raped her last year, a Tennessee prosecutor said Thursday.“I can’t comment on it much other than to say the statement we’ve always made is there is no indication that coach Franklin did anything inappropriate in this investigation,” Nashville Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1lDBY8Z ) in a telephone interview.Any contact Franklin had with the woman wasn’t significant to the case, Thurman added.Franklin denied wrongdoing earlier this week when attorneys for a former Vanderbilt player charged with raping the woman along with three former teammates accused prosecutors of mishandling evidence in the case.Thurman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the filings by defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg were “an obvious tactical ploy by Mr. Vandenburg’s attorneys to intimidate the victim and malign veteran prosecutors.” The filings could also taint the jury pool and prevent a fair trial of the charges, Thurman said.Vandenburg’s attorneys contend prosecutors have concealed evidence from them, including text messages, phone records and call logs from Franklin.The defense filings said the alleged victim told detectives that Franklin contacted the woman days after the alleged June assault, telling her “they cared about her” because she assisted with recruiting.The defense attorneys also claim that Franklin had previously “called her in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get 15 pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules.”“The allegations I did something wrong are simply not true,” Franklin said in a statement Tuesday, when the contents of the documents were first reported. “I have cooperated fully with the authorities in this matter, but, out of respect for the legal process, I am not able to comment any further.”___Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.comlast_img read more