Joe Maddon jokes about next career amid uncertain future with Cubs
Nothing is assured when it comes to Joe Maddon’s future with the Chicago Cubs beyond this season, and the eccentric manager has a whimsical plan for his next career if things don’t work out.
Maddon’s uncertain future with the Cubs organization has been the source of conjecture going back to last season. With the veteran manager in the final year of his contract, speculation unsurprisingly increased throughout the 2019 season.
In a discussion this week about where things may go from here for him personally if the Cubs elect not to bring him back, Maddon joked about what he envisions he might do for a job if he leaves baseball.
“Next career, I might just be a bus driver, drive a bus all over the place,” he said before segueing into a discussion on how many episodes of “The Honeymooners” were filmed, per the Chicago Tribune.
That’s Joe in a nutshell: He’s nuts and he’s not about to go into a shell.
Maddon has repeatedly expressed confidence that he’ll be back with the Cubs in 2020 and beyond despite his current lame-duck status. Further, Cubs president Theo Epstein went to bat for his manager last month when reports surfaced that the front office was upset over Maddon publicly addressing his future with the ball club.
The Cubs (75-63) have endured a frustratingly up-and-down season, yet sit only 2.5 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and own the second slot in the NL Wild Card.
A deep postseason run will presumably all but guarantee the Cubs will sign Maddon to a new deal. It also goes without saying that other MLB teams will be interested in availing themselves of Maddon’s services if he becomes available.
All that said, should his major-league managerial run come to an end, at least the oddball skipper has a nice backup career option.