Joe Maddon has been on a bit of a media tour lately and he clearly wants to manage again in Major League Baseball. Of course, you know about the success he had with the Chicago Cubs as they won the World Series in 2016. However, the Chicago White Sox should stay away.
He also had success with the Tampa Bay Rays before the Cubs but things didn’t really go well with the Los Angeles Angels in his recent managerial stop. He doesn’t fit what the White Sox are trying to do with their current core.
Maddon recently spoke out and said that the White Sox haven’t reached out to him. He also made it clear that he would love the job if it were offered to him. As of now, they haven’t even interviewed him.
That is good news for White Sox fans. Although he reached the ultimate goal on the other side of town, that is not the direction that this White Sox team should be going. His success with the Cubs should not be what makes him a White Sox hire. That team and that time were different.
The Chicago White Sox needs to bring a certain type of vibe to the team right now.
In 2022, the White Sox needs someone who has a great feel for the game while also being analytically smart. Joe Maddon isn’t bringing any of that to whichever team is bold enough to hire him next time. The Angels were bad with him and they had both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
He is someone to avoid for some similar reasons that Tony La Russa didn’t work out. If they want to move forward and get better again in 2023, they need to go in a completely different direction. Joe Maddon isn’t the guy for that role right now with this team.
Maddon will probably get a job again in the league someday but it might take a bit. Tony La Russa and Bruce Bochy both came back so there is hope for him too.
We can only hope, however, that the White Sox change the way that they do things and that would include keeping away from guys at that point in their careers. They didn’t interview him and that’s a good thing.