February 8

Happy birthday to Cubs manager, Joe Maddon.

Joe Maddon to the Cubs
In the offseason after the 2014 season, the Cubs made an out of the ordinary move to pursue Joe Maddon as their manager due to the fact that they had a current manager-most MLB teams only go on a search for a new manager after firing the one from the previous year. But after President Theo Epstein noticed that Joe Maddon was available after leaving the Tampa Bay Rays, the Cubs pursued and signed the manager with a reputation for being great with young players.

Joe Maddon with the Angels
Maddon began his coaching career with the California Angels in 1975. He spent 31 years with the team, his final years as the bench coach for Angels Manager, Mike Sciosica from 2000 to 2005 which included a World Series championship in 2002. In 2006, he got his first opportunity as a manager of an MLB team when he was hired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Joe Maddon and the Rays
Maddon had 2 losing seasons in 2006 and 2007 before turning a young Rays team into a great team that won the difficult AL East and represented the AL in the World Series, losing to the Phillies in a 7 game World Series. Maddon won his first of now 3 Manager of the year awards (2008, 2011 and 2015 as the Cubs manager).

Joe Maddon & the 2015 Cubs
Fast forward to 2015 and Maddon continues his great success with young players and with the help of new, young Cubs players, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber & Javier Baez, the Cubs team improves by 24 wins over their 2014 season, win 97 games and earn the 2nd wild card berth to the postseason. The Cubs win the wild card playoff in a one game victory over the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Cubs than defeat the rival Cardinals 3 games to 1 in the NLDS and clinch the playoff win for the first time ever at Wrigley Field in an exciting Game 4. The Cubs were than swept in the NLCS by the Mets 4 games to 0 to end a great season for the team.

Theo Epstein presents Joe Maddon with 2015 NL Manager of the Year Award

Joe Maddon and the Cubs end their 108 World Series Drought!!

After winning manager of the year and helping the Cubs win their first ever postseason clincher at Wrigley Field in 2015, Maddon and the 2016 Cubs top even that!!  The 2016 Cubs easily won the NL Central with a MLB leading 103 victories and win an exciting 7 game World Series against the Cleveland Indians. 

Joe Maddon Discusses the World Series Parade on November 4, 2016