Joe Maddon on ‘dumb’ rumors on job security: ‘Makes no sense’
Joe Maddon on Thursday doubled down on expressing bafflement over rumors that his job is in jeopardy with the Chicago Cubs.
Rumors surfaced this week indicating unnamed baseball executives have speculated Maddon’s “fate is tenuous” should the Cubs fail to make a deep run in the postseason.
“The dialogue makes no sense,” Maddon said Thursday from SunTrust Park ahead of Thursday’s 5-4 win over the Atlanta Braves, via The Tampa Bay Times. “That’s why it’s hard to even comment on it. I actually said, “That’s actually dumb.” That was my comment to it. And I stand by that.”
Maddon has one year remaining on his contract, so he’s not too worried about his status at this point.
“When the time comes, I know we’ll talk about it. I had not even thought about it until it was brought up,” Maddon added Thursday.
The Cubs skipper’s comments come after he railed against the rumors earlier this week.
“Listen, I don’t get it,” Maddon said Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t understand it. It’s very uninteresting to me. I’m under contract, I’m very happy with what I’m doing and when the time is appropriate, I’m sure we’ll discuss it further. But I really don’t understand that.”
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer hinted this week that extension talks will come at some point but stressed that “August in a pennant race is the wrong time to talk about a contract.”
Further, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein echoed Hoyer’s sentiments, saying this week, “Joe is under contract through 2019, and he is clearly in good standing with the organization.”
Maddon of course was the manager in charge when the Cubs broke their so-called curse and won a long-awaited World Series title in 2016. He also has led the Cubs to three consecutive appearances in the NLCS.
The Cubs are also widely expected to reach the postseason for the fourth straight year this season, barring an epic collapse. It would mark the first time the Cubs organization have ever accomplished that feat.
To think Maddon’s job is somehow in jeopardy, as he put it himself, makes no sense.