With 10 Games to Go, the "Joe Maddon's Future" Talk - And the Rumors - Have Really Ramped Up

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With 10 Games to Go, the “Joe Maddon’s Future” Talk – And the Rumors – Have Really Ramped Up

Chicago Cubs

It hid a bit behind the final playoff push and the post-trade-deadline discussions, but the uncertain future for Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been a key story for this club going all the way back to last offseason, when the front office declined to discuss an extension with a manager on the final year of his deal.

But now with the end of the season approaching quickly – one way or another – the conversation is going to come back up at a ferocious pace.

The chatter and rumors are already flying.

Bob Nightengale says it would be a surprise if David Ross *isn’t* the Cubs’ manager by Thanksgiving. Jon Heyman says he’d be surprised if Maddon isn’t out.

On it goes:

 

No one is going to comment on this stuff publicly right now, and you’ll hear nothing but praise for Maddon from the front office and a focus on the rest of the season.

I think that’s perfectly fair. I also think it’s completely coherent to say that Maddon has been tremendously successful with the Cubs, has done a great job with his rosters and injuries and what have you, may very well continue to be very successful as a big league manager, and also the Cubs should move on after this season. If that’s your perspective, I don’t think there’s anything unreasonable about holding all of those things in your mind at once.

At some point, while you’re not looking to make a change for change’s sake, you do need different voices, approaches, energies, styles, etc. After five years and no extension talks, I simply tend to think that’s the way the front office is going to go, and for all that I like about Joe Maddon – and for all that you cannot replace about him – I accept it.

I could be wrong, of course. We’ll see what the next couple weeks bring, and we’ll start covering the rumors in a more urgent way now that an actual decision could be fast approaching. It’s a weird spot to be in, both because of Maddon’s success/gravitas, and also because it just usually doesn’t play out like this with managers. I have to kind of get my feet under me on how to cover a managerial situation like this, in terms of rumors and speculation.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.