Joe Maddon: Job Well Done – #74
Why did Joe get released from his position as the Cubs Manager in a very un-ceremonial manner? I recognize that Joe Epstein has the right to replace Managers for any and all reasons. However, he is the most accountable person for the downfall of Joe last and this year, followed by the players themselves. Joe didn’t lose 9 straight games on purpose in the most critical time of the year (2019); the players did! They as well as Joe were operating in an environment that lacked any trust and that was being stirred-up by Theo and others in Cubs Management roles, as well as the media that need to feed the 24/7 monster. This environment is included this BLOG as I started out this spring backing Joe (Blog #23) and wound up with (Blog # 67) which predicted Joe being fired the day before or the end of the season.
The Management Lesson to be learned is this Fact, that if you operate in environment of no mutual trust, the end is close-by. As a manager you have-to-have the trust of your employees. Without an environment of mutual trust you will see continued examples of performance that kept the CUBS from winning a World Series for 108 years. Yes, it all began two years ago, when the CUBS didn’t extend Joe’s contract by at least one to two years. The most winning manager in baseball for the last century and the man who took the Cubs to the playoffs for five years and won a World Series, was terminated on the road after the last game of the season. The same media who haunted Joe during the last two years, gave the story a brief one-day coverage and no more in-depth coverage. The firing of JOE by THEO resembles the old West story of how a soldier was punished for a crime – they removed all stripes and marched him out of the Fort gates where Indians were waiting for his scalp.
Instead of recognizing the mismatch of DNA between Joe and the Players, and giving him some recognition for his many achievements with the CUBS, Theo still has to deliver a reason why Joe had to go? You can’t be a buddy and the boss – Joe will always be remembered as a Softie by me and countless others.
I might be the only person in Chicago to apologize for how the fans treated Joe on his exit. We need to make a plaque listing all of Joe’s achievements while a CUB, and mount it in Center field to make sure that all players and fans understand the excellence of Joe’s achievements as a manager.
I will look forward to a typical Cubs season before Joe, where the fans are drunk on $10.00 beers and full of Burgers, Hot Dogs, and other Junk Food by the fifth inning, by the seventh we are tired of drunk women showing us their naked breasts, and as we sing the CUBS song, we are planning to leave early to avoid traffic. I don’t predict the Cubs being in contention for the playoffs for years to come.
Joe, you gave me a World Series, that’s all I wanted – before I took the elevator upstairs. Thanks – I wish you continued success while managing something – somewhere. If it’s baseball, I will be rooting for that team whether it is in the National or American League.