Joe Maddon spends time in Florida completing the “three Gs” of “golf, gardening and grilling,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Maddon, the former Cubs skipper fired after 2019, was let go as manager of the Los Angeles Angels earlier this season. But despite the unexpected dismissal, he holds no grudges against the organization.
Additionally, Maddon’s time in Anaheim did not taint his desire to return to management or baseball. But, any potential opportunity should present the right partnership.
“I would just go into this marriage feeling really good about being philosophically aligned with whoever I’m going to be working with,” Maddon told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. “That means there has to be a balance, it just can’t be analytically unbalanced. The baseball operation should be one that understands both sides and understands it well.
Maddon, the Cubs manager from 2015 to 2019 who led them to their first championship in 108 years, told Topkin there were “a few guys” running teams he finds attractive. If one of his suitors offered him a position with “a significant voice”, such as a special assistant or an adviser, he would not object.
However, Maddon is in no rush to get back into the game. He told Topkin that he spends time playing golf and doing the things he loves every day in Florida. He also spends a lot of time with his mother, who lives in an assisted living facility.
If he returns to the Show, Maddon will be looking for a good mix of “old and new”, which is not analytically unbalanced and which has the freedom to make decisions.
“It’s to the point where some GMs should really put on a uniform and come down to cover, or their main analytic membrane, he should come down to cover,” Maddon said.
“It’s something that should be done. Because they try to work with this kind of intermediary. And what happens is that when the performance isn’t what they think it should be, it’s never about the acquisition process. It’s always about the inability of coaches and managers to get the best out of a player. And that’s where this huge disconnect is formed.