Joe Maddon Calls Report On His Job Security 'Dumb'

A USA Today report indicated that Maddon's future is "tenuous" if the Cubs falter.

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August 28, 2018 - 10:36 am
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(670 The Score) Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday used the term "dumb" to describe a USA Today report by Bob Nightengale that indicated his job could be in jeopardy should Chicago falter and miss the playoffs or be eliminated early in the postseason.

"Any time I have to worry about what Bob Nightengale writes or what anybody else writes, then I should just pretty much hang things up anyway," Maddon said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on 670 The Score. "It means nothing. That is actually dumb. It's hard to comment on something -- a lot of times these guys write things in order to get a reaction and they're looking to further this or get hits online, whatever you want to call it. I know Bob really well. I have no idea why he would write something like that, but it really doesn't impact me whatsoever. It's just something to write, and I can't really be concerned about it."

Nightengale on Monday cited anonymous baseball executives who believed Maddon's "fate is tenuous" if the Cubs falter late. The currently lead the NL Central by 4.5 games. 

Maddon is under contract through the end of the 2019 season. That's all he's worried about for now, as he got straight to the point when asked when he and Cubs management will discuss a contract extension.

"When they're ready," Maddon said. "I'm fine. I've got another year on my contract. That's the way this thing work. When you have time left on the contract, then you have time left on the contract. That's up to the people that are running an organization to determine when it's an appropriate time to do things like that, not me. I'm very confident in what I do and how I do it, I think not only from the perspective of job security as well as employment security -- employment security would be industry-wide, the confidence based on what you've done in the past. This is something that organizations do. I have a contract. I'm fine. All I'm worried about today is putting the lineup together."

The underlying reasons for why Maddon's job status could potentially be in doubt remain unclear, as he's the most successful manager the franchise has had in more than a century. Now in his fourth season in Chicago, Maddon has led the Cubs to a 369-246 record (.600 winning percentage), three straight National League Championship Series appearances and a championship in 2016.

Maddon shed more light on why such a type of report is off base in his mind.

"Everything that's reported is really superficial," Maddon said. "Just like the article by Bob Nightengale that's being validated by a bunch of non-confirmed sources. These are the kinds of things I don't understand. When you read the papers, when you read things today and you get unsubstantiated reports or non-vetted reports and it's just somebody's conjecture based on attempting to make -- I don't even know -- just to write something or say something, it's a bad method. Because baseball fans need to know what's going on and how it's going on as opposed to this superficial nature that's being reported.