The Daily CCO: Cubs Researching Benefits of Batting the Pitcher Eighth in the Lineup

Joe Maddon loves books, but he doesn’t manage by one. Maddon said that particular book was written so long ago it doesn’t really apply today. Maddon is known for thinking outside of the box and trying things with his lineups to get the most out of his players. After he took over as Cubs manager, […]

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Cubs Prioritize Winning in the Pursuit and Hiring of Joe Maddon

The Cubs broke their silence Friday afternoon with two swift announcements about an hour apart. The team fired Rick Renteria and made the hiring of Joe Maddon official. The Cubs scheduled a press conference for Monday afternoon (2:00pm CST) at the Cubby Bear to introduce Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history. Theo Epstein, […]

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From the Wire: Cubs Make It Official, Announce Hiring of Joe Maddon

The Cubs announced Friday afternoon the team has hired Joe Maddon to be the 54th manager in franchise history. A press conference is scheduled for 2:00pm CST on Monday afternoon at the Cubby Bear due to the construction at Wrigley Field. Terms of the contract have not been released yet. The Cubs were expected to sign […]

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Gary Jones Not Returning as Cubs Third Base Coach

Shortly after Theo Epstein released the statement the Cubs had fired Rick Renteria, the Sun-Times reported third base coach Gary Jones would not be returning for the 2015 season. Gary Jones was one of two coaches on the Cubs staff that Rick Renteria brought in last year. Quality Assurance Coach, Jose Castro was the other […]

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From the Wire: Cubs Announce Firing of Rick Renteria

The Cubs have fired manager Rick Renteria clearing the way to announce the hiring of Joe Maddon. Theo Epstein announced the Cubs decision Friday after in a statement to the media. The Chicago Cubs today announced that the club has fired manager Rick Renteria.  Renteria, the 53rd manager in franchise history, led the club for […]

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Report: Cubs Met with Rick Renteria Before Negotiations Began with Joe Maddon

Updated 12:18pm CDT – Patrick Mooney confirmed David Kaplan’s report that Jed Hoyer met with Rick Renteria late last week in California. Updated 12:23pm CDT – Patrick Mooney shot down the report from Dan Bernstein the Cubs are working on an extension with Theo Epstein to align him with Joe Maddon. The Cubs focus is […]

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Cubs Reportedly Making Progress on a Deal with Joe Maddon, Possible Announcement on Friday

According to multiple reports Thursday afternoon, the front office and Joe Maddon are still in negotiations on a contract that would make Maddon the manager of the Cubs. Progress is being made and it appears to be just a matter of finalizing a few details. Ken Rosenthal reported “all systems remain a go for Maddon […]

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The Daily CCO: Let the Off-Season Begin and Other Cubs News and Notes

The 2014 baseball season came to an end Wednesday night with a tremendous seventh game of The World Series. Madison Bumgarner picked up a five-inning save after shutting the Royals down in relief of Jeremy Affeldt. The Giants won its third championship in five seasons and became the first road team to win a seventh […]

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Cubs Could Announce Thursday the Hiring of Joe Maddon

For every report Wednesday afternoon that stated the front office had a deal in place with Joe Maddon to manage the Cubs, there was one that said the exact opposite that an agreement had not been reached and the two sides were still in negotiations. While deals are not official until announced, multiple outlets are […]

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Cubs Reportedly Set to Hire Joe Maddon, Team and Maddon’s Agent Denying a Deal is in Place

Updated 5:26pm CDT – According to a report from the Sun-Times, “the Cubs are inching closer to a blockbuster deal” with Joe Maddon, but his agent indicated a contract is being discussed but it is far from done.” The Cubs and Maddon are negotiating, but Maddon is also talking to other teams. Alan Nero, Maddon’s […]

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