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  6. article_body => "<p>Joe Maddon was named Cubs manager on November 3, 2014. 11 years to the day after the White Sox named Ozzie Guillen manager. 25 years to the day after Phil Jackson made his debut as Bulls Head Coach.<\/p>\n<p>That\u2019s a fun piece of trivia.&nbsp; Also fun: all three won a championship in year two.<\/p>\n<p>And when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, the game ended after midnight (EST) on\u2026 November 3!<\/p>\n<p>It still feels like Maddon just arrived in Chicago, yet here we are heading into year five. As much as you may want to nitpick his work, remember that only one team can win every year. Also, 387 regular season wins for the Cubs from 2015-18 are eight more than any other team over that span. The next most are 379 by the Dodgers, and they are still seeking their first World Series win since the 1988 squad of Kirk Gibson &amp; Orel Hershiser.<\/p>\n<p>Maddon started a charity called Respect 90. The 90 represents the number of feet to first base. Another 90 that Maddon respects is 90 wins. The Cubs have won at least 90 games in all four seasons Maddon has been at the helm. If he does it again in 2019, he\u2019ll join some select company.<\/p>\n<p>Currently only 13 managers in MLB history have had ten or more 90+ win seasons.<\/p>\n<p>Bobby Cox&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 15&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 2014&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Joe McCarthy&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 15&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 1957<\/p>\n<p>John McGraw&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; 14&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 1937<\/p>\n<p>Connie Mack&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 13&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 1937<\/p>\n<p>Tony La Russa&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;HOF 2014&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Joe Torre&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 12&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 2014&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Casey Stengel&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 1966<\/p>\n<p>Earl Weaver&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 11&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 1996<\/p>\n<p>Sparky Anderson&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 2000&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Walter Alston&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 1983<\/p>\n<p>Dusty Baker &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ---&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Terry Francona&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 10&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;---&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<\/p>\n<p>Al Lopez&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;10&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; HOF 1977<\/p>\n<p>11 of the 13 are currently in the Hall of Fame. 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Joe Maddon was named Cubs manager on November 3, 2014. 11 years to the day after the White Sox named Ozzie Guillen manager. 25 years to the day after Phil Jackson made his debut as Bulls Head Coach.

That’s a fun piece of trivia.  Also fun: all three won a championship in year two.

And when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series, the game ended after midnight (EST) on… November 3!

It still feels like Maddon just arrived in Chicago, yet here we are heading into year five. As much as you may want to nitpick his work, remember that only one team can win every year. Also, 387 regular season wins for the Cubs from 2015-18 are eight more than any other team over that span. The next most are 379 by the Dodgers, and they are still seeking their first World Series win since the 1988 squad of Kirk Gibson & Orel Hershiser.

Maddon started a charity called Respect 90. The 90 represents the number of feet to first base. Another 90 that Maddon respects is 90 wins. The Cubs have won at least 90 games in all four seasons Maddon has been at the helm. If he does it again in 2019, he’ll join some select company.

Currently only 13 managers in MLB history have had ten or more 90+ win seasons.

Bobby Cox                           15                           HOF 2014            

 

Joe McCarthy                      15                           HOF 1957

John McGraw                      14                           HOF 1937

Connie Mack                      13                           HOF 1937

Tony La Russa                    12                           HOF 2014            

Joe Torre                             12                           HOF 2014            

Casey Stengel                    11                           HOF 1966

Earl Weaver                       11                           HOF 1996

Sparky Anderson              10                           HOF 2000            

Walter Alston                     10                           HOF 1983

Dusty Baker                        10                                ---                    

 

Terry Francona                  10                                 ---                    

Al Lopez                              10                           HOF 1977

11 of the 13 are currently in the Hall of Fame. Baker & Francona both may end up in Cooperstown as well. If Maddon joins this list (even if he doesn’t), he’ll have a pretty decent chance at the Hall of Fame.

Five of Maddon’s 90-win seasons came with the Tampa Bay Rays – the first five 90-win seasons in the history of that franchise. A 90-win campaign in 2019 makes it five apiece with the Rays & Cubs. Only one manager in MLB history can claim a handful (as in five) of 90-win seasons with two different teams. And he has a Tampa connection as well. The first Tampa native to play in the Majors was Al Lopez, who later managed both the Indians & White Sox to five 90-win seasons including a pennant.

Unlike Lopez, Maddon would have five 90-win seasons in each league. And only one other manager in MLB history has done that. That would be Tony La Russa, who had seven 90-win seasons with the Cardinals in the National League, after collecting five in the American League (one with the White Sox and four with the A’s).

A fun connection between Maddon & La Russa – twice in MLB history (the Manager of the Year was first given out in 1983, so there’s not that much to work with) a team has garnered Manager of the Year, Cy Young Award & Rookie of the Year honors in the same season.

                                         

                                                     Mgr of the Year                Cy Young Award               Rookie of the Year

1983 White Sox                               Tony La Russa                    LaMarr Hoyt                       Ron Kittle

 

2015 Cubs                                         Joe Maddon                       Jake Arrieta                        Kris Bryant

And of course, La Russa was born in Tampa too.