Cubs News: Maddon ranked #4 for N.L Manager of the Year

Cubs News: Maddon ranked #4 for N.L Manager of the Year

by - Senior Editor - has released its latest National League power rankings for Manager of the Year and Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was listed as a rather pedestrian #4 overall despite leading his team to an MLB-best 77-44 record.

"Maddon's club won 97 games a season ago and made it to the NLCS, and they did so with a young-ish, generally pre-peak roster," said. "Over the winter, the Cubs were one of the most active clubs when it comes to acquiring talent on the market, and they, of course, fortified the bullpen leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. Maddon's also coming off a 2015 campaign in which he won the NL Manager of the Year Award, and only one manager -- Bobby Cox in 2004-05 -- has ever won back-to-back awards. So those things are working against Maddon. The prevailing reality, though, is that Maddon, despite playing in the still tough NL Central, has the Cubs on pace for a whopping 103 wins. That alone puts him in the mix."

Dusty Baker, Don Mattingly, Dave Roberts were all ahead of Maddon in the rankings for top National League manager.

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