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The Cubs finally broke their silence, firing manager Rick Renteria one week after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, becoming a coveted free agent.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein released a statement that ran more than 500 words on Friday afternoon, saying Renteria “deserved to come back for another season” while admitting Maddon “may be as well suited as anyone in the industry to manage the challenges that lie ahead of us.”
With Wrigley Field under construction, the Cubs will introduce Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history on Monday at The Cubby Bear, the bar across from the iconic marquee.
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