Cubs players endorse Joe Maddon’s return: ‘He shouldn’t be questioned one bit’ – Chicago Tribune

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.

“There’s absolutely nothing to that,” Hendricks said after allowing three consecutive singles with two out in the 13th inning of a 2-1 loss to the Rockies in the National League wild-card game.

“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.”

Anthony Rizzo didn’t question Maddon’s decision to lift him with two out in the eighth for pinch-runner Terrance Gore, who stole second base and scored on a game-tying double by Javier Baez.

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