Joe Maddon has reportedly come to terms on a deal that will make him the next manager of the Chicago Cubs. Rival MLB managers and executives are not happy with that development.
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Is Joe Maddon going to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs? If he is, as reports from Wednesday night suggest, that is not going to be a popular move with his managerial colleagues and with executives around baseball.
Classless. Doesn’t look good. Shocking. Those are just some of the descriptors offered for the reported move by Maddon, which would include unseating incumbent manager Rick Renteria. Andy Martino rounded up reactions in an article for the New York Daily News:
"“I certainly know that at the winter meetings, some of the older (managers), they’re going to think it looks real bad to go after someone else’s job,” said one current MLB skipper, whose team was not linked to Maddon after the former Tampa Bay skipper opted out of his Rays contract last week.Said another manager whose job was not threatened by Maddon’s surprise free agency: “I am shocked he would do this. This surprises me.”"
More from Martino’s article:
"Added a current manager, in sympathy for Renteria: “These jobs are just so hard to find. Some sh-t is going down that doesn’t look good.”"
And finally, there was this:
There are still details to be sorted out and official team announcements to be made. This move might not even happen, but if it does, Joe Maddon and the Cubs are going to have some explaining to do.
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