Joe Maddon’s contract is up at the end of the year and his future has been an underlying storyline all Cubs season.
Before Sunday’s game at the Reds, Maddon addressed questions from reporters on the topic. He seems to think he will be back, saying optimism is very high on his end.
“I believe we’ll be together for a couple more years at least,” Maddon said in an article in the Chicago Tribune.
The Cubs are currently in first place in the NL Central, but the playoff race is very tight. The Brewers and Cardinals are within striking distance and the NL Wild Card race is littered with several teams.
Maddon thinks his future will not be determined by how the rest of 2019 plays out.
“To just reduce it to wins and losses, that makes no sense at all,” Maddon said. “It’s about interaction, it’s about communication, about the ability to work together. I think that’s really what it comes down to.”
Maddon has been with the Cubs since 2015 and if the Cubs hold onto a playoff spot this year, they would have made it to the postseason in all five years he’s been in charge. Oh, and he won the 2016 World Series.
Perhaps this is Maddon just saying the right thing. He likely wouldn't declare it if he wouldn't be returning with the team in a playoff race. It's still notable to hear from Maddon on the subject at this point in the season.
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