Chicago Cubs introduce Joe Maddon as manager

Maddon replaces Rick Renteria, fired after one year as manager
Chicago Cubs introduce Joe Maddon as manager

The Cubs think Joe Maddon is the right manager for their promising roster.

Chicago introduced Maddon during a news conference Monday at a bar across the street from Wrigley Field, which is undergoing renovations. The 60-year-old takes over for Rick Renteria, who was fired after leading Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager.

Maddon managed Tampa Bay for nine seasons before he opted out of his contract last month. The move to Chicago means he inherits an impressive group of prospects and a famous title drought that goes back to the Cubs’ win in the 1908 World Series.

Chicago has finished with a losing record in each of the last five seasons. It hasn’t made it to the playoffs since 2008.