Joe Maddon Keeps Playing It Cool as the Cubs' Lame-Duck Manager

May 07, 2019 - 7:35 pm

(670 The Score) Amid his team's quality 19-13 start, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon maintains that he's giving no thought to his lame-duck contract status or his future with the organization.

"Not at all," Maddon said Tuesday on the "Laurence Holmes Show" when asked how much he has thought about it. "I am so focused on the year. I'm having such a wonderful time. I believe that stuff takes cares of itself.

"But I've always believed that. I worked on one-year contracts and then sometimes a two-year contract (coming up). You're always working on the last year of something, from the time you're 25 or 26. So I don't worry about that. It's all about if you do a good job, it will be recognized. I've always felt that way. I want the players to feel the same way. You don't want your guys going out there in the last year of a contract and just be worrying about what their next contract is going to be like. There's probably some motivation involved in that regarding how you perform on a daily basis as a player, but for me, I just ... I'm doing what I always do. Except we've talked about already, I've become a little more involved (hands-on) in the coaching.

"I'm here to tell you, man: I can't have any more fun than I'm having right now with the entire scope of things. I'm really fortunate about that. I intend to be here long into the future. So my focus is on today."

The Cubs chose not to engage in extension talks with Maddon last offseason, leaving him to enter 2019 in the final season of the initial five-year deal he signed. All along, Maddon has expressed an understanding of the situation and no disappointment publicly, a viewpoint he continues to hold now.

In other words, Maddon said, he is content with his current situation.

"I'm here," Maddon said. "I don't really foresee any kind of conversation going on right now. The guys upstairs, they have a lot to think about in keeping this team together for the year. And beyond that, the players, they need to take care of our players first. I understand that. I'm a big boy. I can deal with it. I'm not worried about that. I know Theo (Epstein) and Jed (Hoyer) and Mr. (Tom) Ricketts, etc., they got their jobs to do also, and I don't want them thinking about me right now either."

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