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20:31  29 september  2019
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Rosenthal: It’s “a fait accompli” that Joe Maddon will not be back as Cubs manager

  Rosenthal: It’s “a fait accompli” that Joe Maddon will not be back as Cubs manager He is about to manage his final three games for the Cubs, it seemsRosenthal’s article lays out the indictment against Maddon, focusing mostly on the Cubs seeming uninspired play and lack of urgency. Those are the sorts of things that, however hard to quantify or sometimes even identify, usually get laid at the feet of a manager. The groundwork for all of that was laid out pretty starkly last offseason too, Rosenthal notes, when the Cubs front office spoke to players who told them that they thought Maddon and the coaching staff was too hands-off.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon 's days in Chicago could be numbered. If, and it's a big if, the Cubs actually move on from a manager that could be headed to his fourth The early buzz is that Girardi -- a Peoria, Ill. native, Northwestern product and ex- Cub -- could eventually become a candidate here.

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Chicago must now select a new skipper at a critical juncture. Most of its stars will become free agents in the next couple of years, meaning there is urgency for the new hire to return to the postseason right away.

The role will not be easy, then, and will require someone capable of handling scrutiny during down stretches.

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Here are some of the main candidates the Cubs could consider as they prepare for a new era:

Experienced Cubs managerial candidates

The benefit of this group, of course, is the time they've already spent leading playoff contenders. Rather than making first-timer mistakes, in theory they can use the errors they've made in the past to carve a smooth path through the 2020 season. Plus, a veteran-heavy clubhouse would presumably respect them right away.

Joe Girardi

Most recently the manager of the Yankees, Girardi is probably the top candidate among the known commodities. He led New York for 10 seasons and won a World Series in 2009. He has a .554 career winning percentage. And while he left the Big Apple amid a wave of in-game management criticism, which culminated in a 2018 ALDS replay review flub, he's still generally regarded as a wise, tested tactician.

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Joe is the first manager in the franchise's 142 seasons to lead the Cubs to the postseason in four-straight campaigns has led the team to two division titles, two wild card berths and the 2016 World Series, the franchise's first championship in 108 years the 2015 N.L. Manager of the Year, he was

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Girardi has spent the past few years as a TV pundit, keeping himself in the public eye. He's openly discussed a desire to return to the dugout.

His experience with the late-2000s Yankees, and the pressure of that moment around the club, make him a high-quality fit for the Cubs. With several job openings around the league, though, it's possible he takes a position elsewhere.

Mike Scioscia

Scioscia headed the Angels for 19 years, leaving the franchise after the 2018 campaign with 1,650 wins and a World Series title under his belt. At 60, he's six years older than Girardi and carries a reputation of being old-school in an era that worships analytically driven decisions. But he's also one of the most successful managers this century and is extremely respected within the game.

The Cubs, then, could look to Scioscia in a medium-term caretaker role before reassessing things when Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and others enter free agency.

Why the Padres should hire Brad Ausmus as their next manager

  Why the Padres should hire Brad Ausmus as their next manager Brad Ausmus will certainly be looking for a new job this offseason, and there is one team looking for a manager with whom Ausmus has a history: the San Diego Padres. Ausmus came up as a catcher with the Padres in 1993 and played with the Friars through 1996. He also worked for the team as a field executive from 2011 to 2013. He’s familiar with the organization and would be welcomed back by the fan base with open arms.Ausmus’ knowledge as a catcher would help in the development of Francisco Mejia as the future starting catcher for the Padres. Mejia’s biggest critique is that he is not very good defensively.

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Bob Geren

Geren is one of the few managers in the Billy Beane era not to win with the A's. Oakland went 334-376 under his stewardship, and it made the postseason the year before and year after he was on the job. As an assistant, however, Geren has earned acclaim for his recent work in New York and Los Angeles with the Mets and Dodgers. He's currently LA's bench coach. The 58-year-old is considered to be a blend of old- and new-school styles, able to work under the guidance of a hands-on front office while equipped to call on-the-fly shots from the dugout.

Based on rumors surrounding him and other openings, it appears Geren is positioned to get a second chance at managing from somewhere this offseason. He might not be the first choice in Chicago, but he's nonetheless a solid candidate with a deep resume.

First-time managerial candidates

If the Cubs truly want a fresh start, perhaps they'll hire (or promote) someone who has never been an MLB manager. These candidates are likely to command lower salaries than their more experienced counterparts and, in theory, bring fresh ideas to the table.

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Another advantage to these candidates is the possibility of finding someone who can stick with the club for five or more years and become a long-term fixture. Such managers are becoming less common, it seems, and their decline in number may make them more valuable. Having a steady face of an organization provides inherent stability and culture.

Mark Loretta

Loretta is already the Cubs' bench coach, and he once played in president Theo Epstein's organization in Boston. Because of those factors, he's an early frontrunner to replace Maddon despite never managing at any pro level. Before becoming Chicago's bench coach this year, he served as special assistant in the Padres' baseball operations department. He's also a candidate, then, for the Padres' vacancy.

Hensley Meulens

The Giants will have Meulens' attention first after Bruce Bochy's retirement, but if the longtime San Francisco assistant is not picked by the team to take over there, he'll likely be a major player in high-profile hiring searches. A three-time World Series winner from the dugout, Meulens has interviewed with the Reds and the Yankees in the past. Expect the Cubs to have him on their radar should he have an avenue out of the Bay Area.

Ryan Christenson

Christenson is an under-the-radar candidate who has worked his way through Oakland's minor league system as a manager and is now the bench coach for a playoff-bound A's team. A former big league player, Christenson possesses plenty of MLB clubhouse experience. Learning how to be a player-first manager from Bob Melvin has perhaps accelerated his development, and it wouldn't be surprising for the Cubs to be one of several teams to give him a ring this offseason.

Angels hiring of Joe Maddon a ‘fait accompli,’ report says .
The Cubs announced last week that Maddon would not return for 2020 after his contract expired at the end of this season. The decision comes after Maddon led Chicago to a 84-78 record in 2019, marking the first time in Maddon's five years with the club that the team failed to make the postseason. He brought the organization its first World Series title in 108 years in 2016.The Angels are searching for their next manager after Ausmus led the club to a 72-90 record in his first season with the organization.

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