So…it’s official. The Chicago Cubs have officially parted ways with veteran manager Joe Maddon. Personally, I believe it was a move that shouldn’t have happened. Maddon had an incredible run with the Cubs, winning 90 games 4 times, 4 playoff appearances including snapping the World Series drought of the Cubbies.
Maddon is an incredible manager in my opinion. As a Yankee fan I saw a lot of Joe Maddon during his tenure with the Rays. Watching him as a manager and the way he communicates with his team and the presence he brings, I’ve just always loved Joe Maddon.
But Theo Epstein and the Cubs have decided to go another direction, and starting the 2019 season, I think we all knew if the Cubs didn’t make a deep postseason run, this would be the end for Joe Maddon. With that said, I wanted to look at 5 teams that I believe Mr. Maddon would be perfect for.
Please not that this is not a “where I think he’s going” article. This is simply an article showing 5 teams that I think Maddon would fit in, and could help right away.
Los Angeles Angels
I know what some of you may be saying. “The Angles hired Asmus just last year”. And you’re right, it wouldn’t make sense for the Angels to fire Brad Asmus just one year after hiring him.
But a report came out by Ken Rosenthal that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim would consider hiring Maddon if he was fired. The Angels had a disappointing year in Asmus’ first year as skipper. They finished 4th in the AL West, missing the playoffs for the 5th straight year.
The one thing saving the Angels from obscurity is none other than the greatest player in the game, Mike Trout. Trout is the one silver lining on that team and Maddon getting a chance to manage Trout? I’ll take that every day.
In my article listing potential candidates to replace Maddon as Cubs Manager, I listed Mike Scioscia as one of the candidates due to his history with Maddon during their time in the Angels organization. For that same reason, the Angels could look to bring Maddon back to the team.
Just a few hours after the Cubs fired Maddon, the Pittsburgh Pirates fired their longtime skipper Clint Hurdle. Hurlde was the Pirates manager for 9 seasons, but following disappointing seasons and a season filled with off the field issues, the Pirates finally made the choice to fire him.
The Pirates are in complete turmoil. They finished dead last in the NL Central following a second half collapse. Pitcher Felipe Vazquez was charge with a statutory sexual assault. Keone Kela was suspended following an argument with a team official. Then, Vazquez and Kyle Crick got into a fight that ended with Crick needing surgery on his finger.
Reports said that Hurdle was told he would return to the team next year to finish out his contract, but apparently the team had enough. Maddon could come in to Pittsburgh and totally change the entire culture around.
It is worth noting that the Pirates are still on the hook for Clint Hurdle’s contract next year. That would tell some that they may not be looking to hire a big name manager this year, due to the fact that they would end up paying Hurdle’s contract, as well as the new expensive manager. They may look for a cheaper option.
New York Mets
This one may be a little biased for me, because I would love to see Joe Maddon in New York, even though it wouldn’t be for the Yankees. Rumor since about May has been that the Mets could be looking to part ways with current skipper Mickey Callaway.
The Mets finished in 4th and 3rd place in the NL East in Callaway’s first two seasons. This season seemed to continue that trend, but a late push at the playoffs this year could be all Callaway needed to change Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen’s mind…but I doubt it.
Joe Maddon would be a huge get for the Metropolitans. One of the biggest reasons could be Noah Syndergaard. Thor has been the target of trade rumors all year leading up to the trade deadline. Maddon managing the team could convince Syndergaard that he wants to stay in the big apple.
The Philadelphia Phillies had a huge offseason when they added J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, and one of the top free agents, Bryce Harper. Before that big offseason, Kapler was already on the hot seat, and now that the team missed the playoffs, the could mean Kapler’s days are numbered.
Maddon joining Philly would be great for that team. The team is in a state of panic after some had them winning the World Series after their offseason moves. For that team to not even make the playoffs says something is very wrong.
Maddon could come in and immediately change that culture and help Harper become an incredible player year round, and not for only half a year. Also, Maddon was born in West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which is about 100 miles away from Citizens Bank Park.
San Diego Padres
It seems that this is almost a foregone conclusion to happen to some people. The San Diego Padres are built for success in my opinion. The roster has attractive names such as Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer and great looking youngsters like Fernando Tatis Jr, and Chris Paddack.
Joe Maddon to the Padres would be a return to a smaller market team but with the roster of a soon to be contender. The managerial job could be the most attractive job on the market this year, and the Padres would want to fill it with a huge name.
Maddon could come in and add more relevance to a team that is on the cusp of success.
Where would you want to see Joe Maddon next year? Do you think he could turn around any of the teams listed? Be sure to let us know!
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