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September 29, 2019
Joe Maddon will always be remembered as the manager who helped deliver the Cubs’ first World Series in 108 years. He’s 471-338 as the team’s skipper in a tenure that included four postseason appearances.
The Cubs were among the contenders to win the National League Central at the beginning of the month or at least make the National League Wildcard game, but the team went 11-16 in September, including a nine-game losing streak. That collapse appeared to be the final straw for the Cubs.
The Cubs’ president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein, made the announcement with Maddon. “We both agreed that it’s time and this type of change is a win-win”
Epstein added: “I so look forward to his next chapter in baseball and in life. And it’s gonna be good for the Cubs, too. I think we’re at a point where we just need a little bit of change and something new and that’s natural. That’s the natural way of things. Change, if you embrace it the right way, is good for all of us.” Maddon agreed it was a “good day.”