Let me preface this article by saying I love Joe Maddon. I think he is an incredibly talented manager and did great things for the Chicago Cubs. Some may say that the team needs to clean house, starting with Maddon and team President Theo Epstein.
I personally believe the finger needs to pointed at no one other than Epstein. Epstein waited until June to sign Craig Kimbrel, which made it almost impossible for him to be 100% ready. Epstein shelling out close to $60M on mid-level starters, and him not giving Maddon the players needed to succeed tell me all I need to know.
But, this is a business and obviously changes are needed. If the Chicago Cubs do decide to fire Joe Maddon, here are 5 potential names that I believe should be considered for the Cubs Managerial position.
The first name on the list may not be as sexy as the others, but Chip Hale should definitely be considered for some type of managerial position, why not Chicago? Hale managed the Diamondbacks in 2015 and 2016, but didn’t end as he had hoped.
Hale is the current bench coach for the Washington Nationals, and at one point was filling in as the manager of the team while Nationals manager Dave Martinez after undergoing a cardiac catheterization.
Hale has a managerial record of 148-176 in his two years in Arizona. Hale’s first year in Arizona wasn’t bad at all considering the team Hale had. The team went 79-83 that first year, but the second year is what finally did him in with a 69-93 record.
As you can see, Hale’s time in Arizona wasn’t all that great, but he did inherit a pretty bad situation with a young team that had no real promise at the time. He’s served under a very talented manager in Dave Martinez and was even a candidate for the Met’s manager job before it went to Terry Collins.
This name may be a little far fetched but I definitely think it’s an avenue that the Cubs at least need to take a peek down. Mike Scioscia managed the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 19 seasons.
Scioscia led the Angels to a World Series win in 2002, where he won the Manager of the Year Award. Scioscia also won the Manager of the Year Award in 2009 when the team went 97-65, but lost to the eventual World Series Champion New York Yankees in the ALCS.
The reason I have Scioscia on this list is because of his relationship with Joe Maddon. That relationship could be a blessing or a curse, but I don’t think it’s something that could be overlooked. Maddon was Scioscia’s bench coach in Anaheim from 2000 to 2005.
Scioscia stepped down as Angels manager at the end of the 2018 season, but has never closed the door on a managerial return. If the Cubs want to keep the same type of atmosphere in the locker room, hiring Scioscia would be the move to go in my opinion.
David Ross is most remembered for that 2016 World Series team. In that series he became the oldest player to hit a home run in MLB history. Ross retired after the World Series and was named a special assistant to baseball operations for the Cubs in 2017.
David Ross was recently on an episode of the “On The Mark” podcast where he was asked about potentially becoming the next Cubs manager. Ross said that his, “Heart itches to get back in the dugout and be a part of something special.”
In the interview, Ross did say he doesn’t believe Maddon should be removed from the position. Ross went on in the interview to say that it would, “Have to be worth it,” if a position came up due to the amount of time that would needed to be spent.
Ross as the Cubs manager would definitely be a breath of fresh air. It would bring in someone that most of the players already know and have a relationship with, and someone who the city of Chicago is already behind.
I have to be preface this choice by mentioning I’m a die hard Yankee fan since birth. With that being said, I loved Joe Girardi. I love Aaron Boone and what he’s done with the team, but hearing about Girardi going into Brian Cashman’s office with thoughts on how to improve next season, only to be told he’s fired, really hits home with me.
Joe Girardi is a good manager and a better person in my opinion. He really helped the Yankees get through some really rough times during his 9 years in the Bronx. In 2009 he managed the team to a World Series ring in his very second year.
Girardi was drafted by the Chicago Cubs back in 1989, and following stints with Colorado and the Yankees, he returned to the Windy City for another two years. Girardi was also born in Peoria, Illinois, which is 200 miles from Chicago, but hey, Illinois is Illinois.
I can remember back in 2013 when Girardi’s contract was up with the Yankees, everybody thought he was going to the Cubs, as it seems to be a likely pairing for each. But recent reports seem to suggest the Cubbies could be slowing down on the Girardi talks.
In my opinion, and many others, I believe Mark Loretta is the front runner to take over if Maddon gets the ax. Loretta is the current bench coach for the Chicago Cubs.
According to Jon Heyman, Loretta’s name seems to be coming up around other teams plans for a new manager. Not to mention, Loretta is very well respected within the organization.
After retiring, Loretta joined the San Diego Padres in 2009 before taking the bench coach with the Cubs. Something worthy of note is comments made by Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer. Hoyer stated, “You should always hire people that can take your job.”
That may not mean much to some people, but to me that tells me Hoyer already thinks the next Cub’s manager is already on staff. Loretta is a younger face that the players already know and the front office seem to love. I think if Maddon is finished with the Cubs, Mark Loretta will be the guy in charge.
Who do you think will be the next Cubs manager? Do you think Joe Maddon is even getting fired? Be sure to let us know!
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