Cubs Reportedly Won't Ask Joe Maddon to Return as Manager in 2020

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 12: Manager Joe Maddon #70 of the Chicago Cubs watches as his team takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field on July 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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It appears that the Joe Maddon era has come to an end on the North Side, as the Chicago Cubs manager is likely not going to be back at Wrigley Field next season.

According to Ken Rosenthal, it's widely understood that 2019 will be Maddon's final season at the helm of the Cubs.

Before disappointing with an 82-77 record this season, Maddon had recorded 92 or more wins in each campaign he was in charge of the Cubs. His crowning achievement, of course, came in 2016 when he won 103 games en route to the Cubs' first World Series title in 108 years.

As skilled of a manager as he's proven himself to be, the Cubs might need a fresh face in the clubhouse to stir things up a bit, considering it appeared as if Maddon's effectiveness in the dugout waned this year.

Maddon has been mentioned for several other potential managerial vacancies, and his record should land him at least one other job. However, the clock has likely struck midnight on his time with the Cubs, and it's hard to object to his likely dismissal given what a letdown the 2019 season has been.