Hoyer: Crit­i­cism of Mad­don comes with the ter­ri­tory

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - Gor­don Wit­ten­myer

Joe Mad­don took the North Side by storm in 2015, win­ning 97 games, knock­ing off the Car­di­nals in the play­offs and be­ing named the Na­tional League Man­ager of the Year in his first year with the Cubs.

Two more deep postseason runs and a fran­chisechang­ing World Se­ries later, he stirs as much crit­i­cism as his four re­cent pre­de­ces­sors com­bined.

“I think it’s just the na­ture of be­ing the man­ager in Chicago,” gen­eral man­ager Jed Hoyer said on the day Ari­zona’s Torey Lovullo and Min­nesota’s Paul Moli­tor were named NL and AL man­agers of the year.

“We’ve won 292 games in the last three years and been to three NLCSes and won the World Se­ries, and the man­ager who’s done that is get­ting crit­i­cized,” Hoyer said. “Al­most by def­i­ni­tion, if he’s get­ting crit­i­cized, that means it just comes with the ter­ri­tory.”

The Cubs’ vic­to­ries in six postseason rounds the last three years are twice the num­ber of postseason se­ries wins for the fran­chise be­fore that.

“When you’re in the postseason, the spot­light is shone so much on man­agers in gen­eral, pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive, from hero to goat, from suc­cess to crit­i­cism — what­ever it might be— that I just think that’s the na­ture of the game in the postseason,” Hoyer said.

Hoyer said it’s too early to talk about a con­tract ex­ten­sion as Mad­don en­ters the fourth sea­son of a five- year, $ 25 mil­lion deal.

| AP

Joe Mad­don, who will en­ter his fourth sea­son with the Cubs, has led the team to wins in six postseason rounds in the last three years.

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