Within those five seasons includes a World Series win over the Cleveland Indians in a thrilling seven-game series in 2016, which ended their over 100-year drought from championship gold. Maddon and general manager Theo Epstein announced the news on Sunday, despite them finishing over .500 in all five seasons under Maddon. They were right in the thick of both the Wild Card and Central Division race, but a nine-game losing streak late knocked them down in the standings within a week.
Maddon does finish with a .582 winning percentage with the Cubs, which is good for second all-time in franchise history, behind only Frank Chance, who had a .664 winning percentage from 1905-1912. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo revealed that Maddon announced this news to the team a few days ago, but it has been kept quiet since. The slugger also confirmed that Maddon was not forced out by anyone, and that he was going out on his own terms.
The former Tampa Bay Rays manager joined the Cubs after spending nearly 10 years with his former team, which did include a World Series appearance in 2008. The year he won it all with Chicago they won 103 games in the regular season, but they have struggled to defend that run ever since. They did win 95 games a season ago as a Wild Card, but fell in the one-game playoff at home against the Colorado Rockies.
Chicago started this season at 2-7, but went 23-7 after that to get themselves back on top, and stayed up there until the final month of the year. With the way this season ended, plagued by injuries to Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Kris Bryant, Maddon felt it was time for both sides to move on. And that they will, but no one in baseball expects him to be without a job for long. Meanwhile, the early front runner to take over the Cubs job could be ESPN analyst, and former World Series champion with the Cubs, David Ross.