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Click for story: … ]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:35:24 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager ]]> Lead story image

The Cubs have hired Joe Maddon to be their next manager and will introduce him at 2 p.m. Monday at The Cubby Bear.  The move has been imminent for days and followed the club’s announcement Friday afternoon that it had fired Rick Renteria after one season on the job. ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:15:29 -0600 <![CDATA[ New Cubs manager Joe Maddon is crazy — in a good way ]]> Lead story image

New Cubs manager Joe Maddon is crazy. ‘‘Of course,’’ said Maddon, the hippest 60-year-old in baseball. ‘‘And you know what? You have to have a little bit of crazy to be successful. I want crazy in the clubhouse every day. You need to be crazy to be great.’’ So there it is — the difference-making recipe that makes Maddon the guy the Cubs had to fire a sitting manager to hire, the recipe for success with all those 90-victory-plus teams with the small-market Tampa Bay Rays, the manager you get for $25 million over five years. The Answer. Crazy. (Insert … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:25:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ Joe Maddon brushes off those 106 years of futility ]]> Lead story image

Somebody check Joe Maddon’s contract. Judging by his introductory news conference, there’s a good chance the Cubs are paying him by the word. On a manic Monday, the North Side’s newest hipster sprayed to all fields in what felt like one big, caffeinated run-on sentence. He talked about “magical’’ Wrigley Field; about The Cousin Eddie, his recreational vehicle; about the “talented young players’’ his new team has collected; about his desire to live downtown, not in “a gated community;’’ and about “Gladiator’’ (the movie, not the disgraced former Cubs power hitter who said he bulked up using Flintstones vitamins). Maddon … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:25:50 -0600 <![CDATA[ Who will Cubs pursue in free-agent market? ]]> Lead story image

GORDON WITTENMYER: After hiring a big-shot manager with a track record of success in October, the Cubs must be ready to go all-in on the free-agent market that opened for business Monday night. Right? Not so fast. ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:25:37 -0600 <![CDATA[ For Joe Maddon, thinking outside the box has been a stock-in-trade ]]> Lead story image

It was the last thing Sam Fuld expected. Considering the source, maybe it shouldn’t have been. After pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the eighth inning of an interleague game three years ago, the then-Tampa Bay Rays outfielder was sent to the mound to warm up. Having just turned a four-run lead into a seven-run lead with a two-out homer, Rays manager Joe Maddon needed more time to get a different reliever ready. “It was his way of stalling,” said Fuld, who threw his warmup pitches only to have Maddon lift him — circumventing the rule requiring the new pitcher to … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:23:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cubs’ dirty dismissal of Rick Renteria for Joe Maddon may be worth it ]]> Lead story image

TELANDER: It would have been nicer if Joe Maddon had come to the Cubs under cleaner circumstances. But he’s here now, and Rick Renteria has been sent packing. ]]> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 02:34:46 -0600 <![CDATA[ Madison Bumgarner effort was one for the ages ]]> Lead story image

The quote, now 50 years old, endures as a succinct, seven-word summation of character in baseball. As the Cardinals were running down the folding Phillies in September of 1964 and again as they were exposing the haughty Yankees’ flaws in the World Series, manager Johnny Keane rode 28-year-old Bob Gibson just as strenuously as Giants skipper Bruce Bochy rode 25-year-old Madison Bumgarner through the 2014 postseason. In the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series, Gibson was wavering some. The Yankees had slugged two home runs to creep to 7-5. He might have fired his last bullet. Keane … ]]> Sun, 02 Nov 2014 02:34:34 -0600 <![CDATA[ Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager ]]> Lead story image

The message was clear Friday to those in the Cubs’ clubhouse, especially anyone who knows Joe Maddon. “Hiring Joe in my opinion is a championship move, and they’re letting everyone know we’re going for it,” said Cubs reliever Wesley Wright, who played for the Cubs’ newest manager, Maddon, the final two months of 2013. In a move considered inevitable for the last week, the Cubs made official their highest-profile managerial hire in eight years on Friday, announcing the “firing” of manager Rick Renteria about two hours before announcing a Monday news conference to introduce Maddon. Terms of Maddon’s multiyear deal … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:27:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Joe Maddon: A real ray of hope for Cubs ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: Finally, after five seasons of bad baseball from the Cubs and superhuman patience from their fans, something real.  Something with flesh, bones and a track record of achievement at the major-league level. A proven player? Whoa, whoa. Easy there, Cubs fans. What’s your rush? ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:20:05 -0600 <![CDATA[ Joe Maddon would be Theo’s third hire in four seasons ]]> Lead story image

The last time Theo Epstein hired the right manager at the right time and turned it into the right answer was when he hired Terry Francona to manage the Red Sox. Eleven years later, could he repeat history? With the guy who finished second to ­Francona in that process? Given the frequency with which the Cubs’ third-year team president has gone through managers on the North Side already, he almost has to — especially as ownership writes checks to pay off a manager’s contract for the third time in four years. But, then, Joe Maddon is universally considered the opportunity … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:20:18 -0600