Joe Maddon agrees to 5-year contract to manage the Cubs
Today the Cubs hired their 54th manager. I was on the scene to take in the reconstruction and catch a glimpse of the press conference. Joe Maddon is excited to get to work. He’s already aiming for the postseason in 2015! There was a buzz in the air. Partly from excitement and partly because of the heavy equipment deconstructing the old bleachers to make way for the jumbotron and other stadium upgrades. Maddon called Wrigley a cathedral; a magical place. Spirits were on the rise.
It feels like more than a new stadium is coming together. It feels like a new era. It did not come without 107 years of pain and a difficult transition between managers. But it feels like something big has started at Clark and Addison!
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Joe Maddon was introduced as the Chicago Cubs’ 54th manager at a news conference Monday.
Maddon, 60, will receive a five-year contract worth at least $25 million, a source confirmed to the Chicago Tribune.
He comes to the North Siders after leading the Tampa Bay Rays to four play-off berths in nine seasons.
Maddon is well known for his eccentric motivational stunts, like bringing live penguins into the team clubhouse and hiring bands to play behind players taking batting practice.
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