Maddon on his contract: "Let's just win the World Series"

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Benny Sieu - USA Today Sports
Benny Sieu - USA Today Sports

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has had a few harsh critics even after his team made the playoffs this past season. A handful of fans and media pundits have wondered about his various batting lineups and the way that he manages his bullpen.

Add to that, Cubs management has not given him a contract extension and you have a recipe for a lame-duck manager for 2019 in his final year under contract.

Maddon spoke to reporters during the Winter Meetings on Tuesday and was not worried about his contract situation.

"I have been there before, "Maddon said about his future. "Theo and I have had some really good conversations. I understand where he is coming from. I am not offended. I don't feel bad about it. I get it."

Maddon knows if his team does well this season then he has nothing to worry about.

"I am excited about it," Maddon said. "I am excited about all of this. If you have a lot of self-confidence, things like that should not bother you. I do have a lot of self-confidence."

Maddon wants to thank the Cubs for all they have done for him in the past and enjoys working at historic Wrigley Field.

"I am very happy here," he said. "The Cubs have taken extremely good care of me and my family. I could never repay them enough, so regardless of my label attachment or moniker, I will try and do the same job. I am confident moving forward I will be a part of this organization as well. Of course, I have a choice. Let's just win the World Series and see how that all plays out. I love the city and the fans. To be able to report to work daily at Wrigley Field, I consider it an honor."

The Cubs fans would certainly love if Maddon and the team could pull off another World Series title in 2019.

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