Several minutes after Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer made their traditional postgame visit to Joe Maddon’s office, pitcher Kyle Hendricks grimaced when asked about any criticism heaved at his manager in the wake of the team’s stunning and quick elimination from the postseason.
“Joe did an unbelievable job all year long with a lot of the big pieces going down throughout the entire year. Every guy coming up (from the minors), shuffling all the pieces. With the bullpen taking care of that, and to win 95 games at the end of the year, it’s where we wanted to be. We just came up a little short, but he did an unbelievable job. He shouldn’t be questioned one bit.”
“I come out of the game, and (Gore) scores,” Rizzo said. “You can’t question it. I don’t want to come out of a game, but at that point, I was cheerleading with the pompons on and cheer the boys on.
“Our (motto) was ‘everybody in,’ and we did that.”
Maddon has one year and $6 million left on his contract and expectations were high for a Cubs team that fell short of reaching the NL Championship Series for the first time in four seasons under his watch.
Cubs officials are expected to conduct their annual postseason briefing with reporters as soon as Wednesday.
On Tuesday night, Maddon spoke as if he’ll be the manager of a team that will attempt to overcome its malaise after scoring just two runs on nine hits in their final 22 innings of the 2018 season.
“I trust in Theo and Jed and the boys up top, and they will make the necessary adjustments, but again that’s not within my purview,” Maddon said at a postgame news conference. “My purview is to work with what we have, and I love what we have.”
Catcher Willson Contreras, who struggled at the plate in the second half, sighed when asked if he could imagine anyone other than Maddon managing the team next season.
“I don’t know what to say,” Conteras said. “I don’t make that decision.
“Joe is a great manager. He’s been great for this team. He made this team a winner. The front office made this team a winner. They were able to put a lot of young talent together. We’re like a family. We love each other. We lose together and win together. Nothing that I can do about that.
“We’re here to play baseball. That’s a decision I can’t control. Even if he’s here or not, we have to move forward.”
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