MLB rumors: Ex-Cubs catcher to replace manager Joe Maddon? And no, it’s not Joe Girardi
The Cubs enter play Friday tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the second wild card in the National League. Maddon is three years removed from leading the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908, and he’s won at least 92 games in each of his first four seasons in Chicago.
But that might not be enough to save Maddon in Chicago. Many have speculated that if the Cubs fire Maddon, former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi could be in line for the job in Chicago. Girardi is no stranger to the Windy City. He was born in nearby Peoria and broke into the majors as a catcher for the Cubs in 1989. Girardi ended up playing a total of seven seasons in Chicago (1989-92 and 2000-02).
However Rosenthal reports its a different former Cubs catcher who could replace Maddon, and it could be due in part to the current Yankees manager.
Well, if the Cubs miss the playoffs entirely – after holding a 3 1/2-game lead for the second wild card on Sept. 5 – president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will have all the cover he needs to make a change that has been brewing for almost a year. … A homecoming for Joe Girardi? There would be a better chance of the Cubs hiring David Ross – another former catcher, though one with no coaching or managing experience – to be their Aaron Boone.
Ross now works as an analyst for ESPN. Boone, you may remember, went straight from the ESPN broadcast booth to the dugout when he replaced Girardi in New York following the 2017 season. Ross retired after the 2016 season, which ended with him hitting a home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series to help the Cubs win their first title in more than a century.
First-year GM Brodie Van Wagenen inherited (Mickey) Callaway, and the Mets could justify dismissing him by saying they simply prefer one of the bigger names – be it someone like Maddon, if he becomes available, or Girardi.