After five seasons at the helm of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon's tenure as the Cubs' manager is coming to an end. (Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
After five seasons at the helm of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon's tenure as the Cubs' manager is coming to an end. (Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)

Cubs announce Joe Maddon is not returning


by - Senior Writer -

ST. LOUIS — The long-awaited announced regarding the fate of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was finally made prior to Sunday's regular-season finale between the Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. Maddon met with Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein following Saturday night's contest in order to discuss his future with the club.

Maddon addressed the media in a press conference alongside Epstein. Together, Epstein and Maddon announced that they had mutually decided the night before that it would be in the best interest of both parties to move on. Maddon's contract expires at season's end and will not be renewed, bringing to a close a five-year stretch that included Maddon leading the Cubs to a World Series title in 2016.

Epstein stated that Maddon will become a managing free agent while the Cubs begin their search for a new manager. The Cubs are going to miss the playoffs this year for the first time with Maddon in charge, and Epstein said that the changing of the guard will be a "win-win" for everybody involved. Maddon, who said that not a single tear was shed during his conversation with Epstein over wine on Saturday night, agreed, stating that "change is good."

The full press conference can be viewed here:

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