Tuesday night, news broke that former LA Angels coach Joe Maddon and current Chicago Cubs manager could possibly be shown the door should he lose in the National League Wild Card Game to the Colorado Rockies.
As we all know, the LA Angels recently saw longtime manager Mike Scioscia step down from his position. No replacement has been named yet, though many believe Eric Chavez is the favorite to succeed Scioscia.
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But this could be a dream come true.
Joe Maddon began his career with the Angels. He served as a scout, but eventually worked his way up to being Scioscia’s bench coach, and even managed 51 games in the interim fashion, going 27-24. He eventually moved on to the Tampa Bay Rays, serving as their manager until 2014, when he then joined the Cubs.
His tenure in Chicago has been an overall positive mark. There is a lot of talent on that team, and he was a key part of helping them end the 108 year World Series title drought. However, in recent months, his job has been called into question by many.
The Cubs are the most talented team in the NL. They are on par with the Boston Red Sox in terms of talent, but yet wound up in their league’s Wild Card game. Some people believe that falls on the manager, which lead David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago to cite a well-known source who claimed there’s a “better than 50% chance” that Maddon would be fired should the Cubs lose to the Rockies Tuesday night.
There is a good chance that these reports are poppycock, as Scioscia would say. However, Joe Maddon being relieved of his duties in Chicago just days after Mike Scioscia ended his 19-year tenure would be a dream come true for Billy Eppler and the Angels. This is not the first time Maddon’s time in Chicago has been rumored to be ending, as the reports of him not receiving an extension seemed to turn up the heat on his seat.
This would not be the first time a playoff team’s manager got fired, either. Last year, the New York Yankees let go of Joe Girardi (another possible candidate) despite being one win away from the World Series. At the time of this posting, the Rockies lead the Chicago Cubs 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning of the Wild Card Game. Should the lead hold, the Halos may just have their chance at landing their dream manager.
Then again, this could all be poppycock.