Maddon sees shining Cubs climbing higher

Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:56pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joe Maddon likes to think outside the box about how to bring a baseball team together and treat his players.

And after leading the young Chicago Cubs to the 2015 playoffs, the National League Manager of the Year is aiming higher and dreaming of recruiting others to join his magical mystery tour.

In his first season with the Cubs, a team full of youthful potential and a history of failure dating back more than 100 years, they won 97 games, got to the 2015 National League Championship Series and are now scooping up postseason awards.

"The spotlight is shining on Wrigley Field," Maddon said on a conference call after receiving his third career Manager of the Year honors one day after his third baseman, Kris Bryant, won the Rookie of the Year award.

On Wednesday, Jake Arrieta is one of three finalists for the Cy Young Award as the National League's top pitcher.

"You just like to think that will attract other people to want to be there," said Maddon. "Obviously, a huge attraction is that we have not won a World Series in over a hundred years.

"I think there's a lot of competitive nature in ... major league players, ones that would want to be a member of that first group that did that."

Maddon likes to create a relaxed atmosphere but at the same time is dead serious about baseball.   Continued...

October 20, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) motions to the bullpen in the second inning against the New York Mets in game four of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports