Maddon out as Cubs manager

Maddon out as Cubs manager

Joe Maddon’s tenure as manager of the Chicago Cubs is over, three years after he helped end the franchise’s 108-year-old World Series title drought.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and Maddon agreed to part ways on Sunday at the conclusion of the 65-year-old skipper’s five-year contract.

“We’re in transition,” Epstein told reporters in St. Louis. “Change was needed.”

Maddon guided the Cubs to at least 92 wins in each of his first four seasons, highlighted by a 103-58 record and the franchise’s first World Series championship since 1908 in 2016.

Chicago entered Sunday’s season finale at St. Louis at 84-77.

There will likely be many teams interested in hiring Maddon, who has said he wants to manage until he is at least 70.

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