Epstein says Maddon will return to Cubs in '19 – MLB.com

CHICAGO — Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday that Joe Maddon’s job status hasn’t changed and called a report that there was friction between the two “not accurate.”

“Joe’s status remains unchanged,” Epstein said during an end-of-the-season wrapup with the media at Wrigley Field. “He’s the manager of this team. I’m very happy about that.”

CHICAGO — Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday that Joe Maddon’s job status hasn’t changed and called a report that there was friction between the two “not accurate.”

“Joe’s status remains unchanged,” Epstein said during an end-of-the-season wrapup with the media at Wrigley Field. “He’s the manager of this team. I’m very happy about that.”

A report Wednesday by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal said “talk has persisted within the industry” for months now that Maddon and Epstein “are not always on the same page.” Rosenthal noted successful clubs have replaced managers — like the Yankees, who replaced Joe Girardi after making it to Game 7 of last year’s ALCS — in favor of younger candidates.

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“I didn’t read the whole thing, but I saw in there that there were some claims that [Maddon] and I had some personal friction — not true at all,” Epstein said on Wednesday. “We have a terrific working relationship. We don’t agree all the time about baseball issues and that’s the way it should be. I don’t want a ‘yes man’ as the manager and I don’t want a ‘yes man’ relationship the other way, either.

“I think there should be discord and debate and healthy, trusting relationships where you can work together to make the organization better, and that’s the way it is,” Epstein said.

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