LAS VEGAS — In an effort to join higher together with his gamers after a disappointing end to final season, 64-year-old Chicago Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon’s winter studying this offseason features a e book known as “Managing Millennials for Dummies.”
The made-up-sounding title is something however, as former Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis together with the Cubs’ entrance workplace have intimated there have been instances when it was troublesome to talk with the workforce’s younger gamers. Maddon desires to change that.
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“I am in the midst of that [book] proper now,” Maddon stated on Day 2 of the winter conferences. “And also you all the time suppose this for dummy’s factor is absolutely rudimentary written; it is rather well written and researched. I am studying about traditionalists, child boomers, the Xers, the millennials. And I am actually beginning to perceive this a bit of bit higher.”
Maddon is leaving no stone unturned entering the ultimate 12 months of a five-year contract, because the Cubs have already got introduced the 2016 World Collection-winning supervisor won’t be getting a contract extension anytime soon.
“I completely perceive the place [Theo Epstein is] coming from,” Maddon stated of the workforce’s president. “I’m not offended. I do not really feel badly about it. I get it. … I am excited. I am actually enthusiastic about all this. When you have numerous self-confidence, issues like that don’t trouble you, and I do. I am going to do my job. I would alter it a bit of bit, like getting out on the sphere extra usually. What we have performed over the past 4 years I really feel fairly good about, really feel strongly about, and I believe you will see that pattern proceed.”
The Cubs have made the postseason all 4 years below Maddon, however the 2018 version ended rapidly, with the workforce dropping the Nationwide League Central Division playoff and the wild-card sport on consecutive days. Maddon intends to be extra hands-on, partly as a result of he has a brand new teaching workers, and likewise to make sure the workforce is placing its finest foot ahead day-after-day.
“I anticipate extra out of myself,” Maddon said. “I like challenges. I’ve already been writing totally different gadgets down going into camp. … It is simply what you are supposed to do. It is not prefer it’s something new. It shouldn’t be a shock when you will have excessive expectations, like we do, and you do not meet them, you have acquired to do one thing about it. And so like I stated, we have had nice conversations and the planning has been actually good.”
As soon as once more, Maddon pushed again on any notion that he and Epstein aren’t on the identical web page, and he believes his standing as Cubs supervisor will handle itself.
He was requested if he would love to keep in Chicago past subsequent 12 months.
“Completely,” Maddon stated. “That is my plan. Once more, how may you not love that chance or the gig? The gig is the perfect. My gamers, the folks I work with, I couldn’t ask for extra — it is unattainable.”