Joe Maddon to return to Cubs in 2019, without extension

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There was some doubt about Maddon's standing as the skipper of the Cubs, especially after his team was ousted from the postseason after only one game, but he will finish out his contract with the Cubs.

They squandered a dominant start by Jon Lester, got shut down by Kyle Freeland and wasted several big scoring opportunities.

Just like that, the season comes down to a final game, and October is only two days old. He retired all four batters he faced, including going 1-2-3 in a 13th inning that included an overturn on a Rockies-requested review when Cubs leadoff man Terrance Gore had been ruled to have been hit by a pitch. The Cubs challenged the call to no avail. Heyward struck out to end the inning.

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We've heard about some rumors about Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon and the front office having some rifts this season, which is why there was talk about him potentially being let go after the season. With starter Kyle Hendricks on the mound for the Cubs, the Rockies recorded three singles with two outs, the last one driving in a run off the bat of bench player Tony Wolters.

One theme that was very aggravating during the season was the Cubs hot and cold offense.

Not only did the Cubs lose back-to-back games at home that would've advanced them straight to the NLDS, but they let the NL Central title slip right through their fingers.

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"We should always be ready and I think we were, we just lost", Bryant said. A franchise that for decades was defined by heartache has more wins the past four seasons than any other team.

Colorado scored in the top of the 13th in the NL Wild Card game and slammed the door on Chicago in the bottom of the frame. and then it was time for champagne and Budweiser. But the expectations since then have changed. However, Freeland got Anthony Rizzo to ground into a double play, ending the threat.

"Obviously I don't ever want to come out of a baseball game, but at that point you put your cheerleading pom-poms on".

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