Hoyer: All Evaluated On Recent Work In Larger Context

Is there anything the Cubs can accomplish to save Joe Maddon's job?

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September 19, 2019 - 12:36 pm
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(670 The Score) As the Cubs sit in a precarious position in the playoff race with 10 regular-season games remaining, a question about their future lingers as well.

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Is there anything they can accomplish that would make manager Joe Maddon's job safe? While declining to answer that directly, general manager Jed Hoyer on Thursday did shed some light on the organization's evaluation process of all individuals.

"For all of us, I think you're always looking at the total body of work," Hoyer said on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on 670 The Score. "You're always looking at what happened most recently. That's for everyone. You're talking about players that way, you're talking about a coaching staff that way and you're talking about front office staff that way. So I think everyone is evaluated on what most recently happened in the context of a larger career. That's sort of the way everyone gets thought of and evaluated at all times."

Maddon's contract expires at season's end, and there's been rampant speculation that the sides will part ways despite Maddon's desire to remain in Chicago and his directing the Cubs to four straight playoff berths and the 2016 World Series championship.

On Tuesday, the rumor mill gained more steam, as USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale wrote of the Cubs that, "The biggest surprise in Chicago this winter will be if David Ross is not named their next manager by Thanksgiving." It was a 

"That's something of course I'm never going to comment on," Hoyer said. "I just said we've not talked about that topic the entire year. We'll talk about it at the end of the year. If you guys want to have Bob Nightengale on to talk about it, you can certainly do that."

What the Cubs are focused on is finding a way to get into the playoffs, as they trail the NL Central-leading Cardinals by three games and sit in a tie with the Brewers for the second wild card. The Cubs host the Cardinals in a four-game series starting Thursday, then close the season with three games against them on the road next week.

"You make the playoffs in baseball, and anything can happen," Hoyer said. "I think we've seen that plenty of times in the past. And so I think that's what is at stake. We want a chance to be the team that gets hot in October. We're tied for that right right now. We're three games behind the Cardinals. We have 10 games with seven head-to-head against the Cardinals to try to do that. I think that's what's at stake. We've made the playoffs four years in a row. We want to make it five, and we want to give us that opportunity to get hot."