Go ahead, Cubs. Fire (or simply don't renew) Joe Maddon, one of the best managers you’ve ever had.
Go ahead, Cubs fans. Celebrate Maddon's dismissal as if it would resolve any of the foundational problems afflicting your favorite team.
Then watch the skipper burnish his already elite legacy elsewhere and pray his replacement can oversee half the success you’ve enjoyed since 2015.
Chicago at its best under Maddon won its first World Series since 1908. It also made a pair of NLCS appearances. The Cubs at their worst under Maddon have gone 177-142 between 2018 and 2019 — better than almost any two-year span his predecessors supervised. Despite those achievements, it appears the franchise will let him go in the coming weeks.
Consecutive underwhelming Septembers on Maddon’s watch have been a bad look, and there is some legitimacy to criticism there. The Cubs are 25-24 in the final month of the past two campaigns.