Joe Maddon will not manage the Cubs in 2020

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The writing was already on the wall, but on Sunday, the Cubs made it official: Manager Joe Maddon will not be returning to the club in 2020, bringing his five-year tenure with Chicago to an end. Prior to the Cubs’ final game of the year, both Maddon and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein spoke to the press to explain the decision.

“We never could have imagined this working out as well as it did,” Epstein said. “I personally could have never imagined having such a wonderful partner — someone so loyal and supportive, and someone from whom I learned so much about baseball and life, and someone who I consider a lifelong friend. […] We both agreed that it’s time, and that this type of change is a win-win. […] It’s going to be good for the Cubs, too. I think we’re at a point where we just need a little bit of change and something new, and that’s natural.”

While the Cubs’ 2019 run hasn’t turned out as expected — with the blame pinned to everything from a shaky bullpen to an underperforming offense and depleted farm system — the decision to part ways with Maddon appears to be an amicable one. He’ll enter his final game with the Cubs sporting a 471-338 record, one that encompasses five winning seasons, two division titles, four playoff runs, and a World Series championship.

“We’re both going to move on,” Maddon told reporters Sunday. “The Cubs are going to flourish. Hopefully I get the chance to do this somewhere else. But there’s no tears shed — it’s a good moment for everybody, and we’re both excited about our futures.”

As for his next step? Nothing has been decided yet, but with Maddon’s superb track record and potential managerial vacancies looming for the Phillies and Mets, in addition to the Padres, Giants, Pirates, and Royals, there’s no doubt he’ll find another opportunity to shepherd a major-league team by 2020.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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