MLB rumors: Here's another sign ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi won't replace Cubs' Joe Maddon in Chicago
Cubs manager Joe Maddon's fate is essentially sealed.
In a meeting prior to the 2019 season, club management informed Maddon that "if the team didn't perform to hopes that there might well be big changes," according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
With the Cubs practically eliminated from the postseason, entering play Monday four games back of the second wild card spot with six games to play, it's safe to say those hopes were not met.
The talk around Wrigley now turns to who will replace Maddon at the helm.
Heyman has an answer for that, too.
"At this time it's speculation, (but) I think Mark Loretta is the most likely candidate to be the Cubs' manager," Heyman said on 670 The Score's Mully & Haugh show on Monday, via Cubs Insider. "He did take a job there coaching and everyone seems to respect him. His name is coming up with other teams now. ... Not that that's the reason, but I do think that he will be a very strong candidate to be the manager."
Loretta, currently serving as the Cubs bench coach under Maddon, retired in 2009 after a 15-year career in MLB. He then worked in the San Diego Padres' front office for nearly a decade, where he crossed paths with Jed Hoyer, who is currently the general manager of the Cubs.
The puzzle pieces fit, but it's not a foregone conclusion.
"I think David Ross or Mark DeRosa would be [candidates], but it's not clear at this moment that they're ready or at least in terms of what they want to do that they want to do the job," Heyman said.
One name not mentioned there - ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
The former catcher spent seven seasons with the Cubs across two stints as a player. Unemployed since his contract with the Yankees expired at the end of the 2017 season, he expressed a desire to return to management earlier this year.
It appears his former home at Wrigley Field won't be the next stop of his managerial career -- at least for now.
As the 2019 Chicago Cubs' season draws to a close, talk about the eventual departure of Joe Maddon grows louder. Since Maddon doesn't have a contract for next season, it would be as simple as
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