The recent decision by Chicago Cubs ownership to dump second year manager Rick Renteria in favor of Joe Maddon could make or break a franchise that seems to be on the cusp of turning the corner to respectability. The Cubs have a squad of young stars like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro will lead some of the top prospects in baseball. The team started to come together in 2014 but if the success will grow it won’t be with manager Rick Renteria.
The Cubs were clearly ready to enter 2015 with Renteria at the helm but the glamour that came along with hot free agent manager Joe Maddon was too much for the win starved franchise to pass up. Maddon chose not to stick around in Tampa Bay and now many fans think that he clearly had his eyes on the Cubs job when he made the decision to leave the Rays. He showed in Tampa that he is great with young players and hopes to mold the likes of Rizzo and Castro as well as stud prospects like Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Jorge Soler into a championship contending squad sooner rather than later. At least me and Mann can only hope so.
According to reports the Cubs plan to formally introduce Maddon to the media at a press conference on Monday.