As the Chicago Cubs continue to look for their next manager, Joe Espada is the ideal candidate for the job and here are three reasons why.
For the first time since 2014, the Chicago Cubs will be looking to fill their managerial position left by Joe Maddon. During Maddon’s tenure, the Cubs made it to three straight NLCS appearances, four playoff appearances, and a World Series title in 2016. Despite his age, Maddon was extremely youthful and could relate to the younger prospects that were making their debuts in what seemed like a weekly event.
But after two lackluster seasons that ended in a Wild Card game loss and a missed postseason altogether, the Cubs front office felt it was best to move on from Maddon, who is now reportedly the favorite to land the Los Angeles Angels gig. The Cubs have been busy, themselves, interviewing several candidates with the likes of Joe Girardi, David Ross, Will Venable, Mark Loretta, Gabe Kapler, and on Tuesday, Joe Espada.
Girardi, 55, is a former Cubs catcher who managed the Yankees to a World Series title in 2009. He is your prototypical “old school” style of coaching but has a proven track record of success. Ross, 42, was part of the Cubs World Series team in 2016 and has been an analyst for ESPN since his retirement after that season. Venable and Loretta are already on the Cubs payroll, serving as the first base coach and bench coach last season, respectively.
Kapler, 44, is a young mind but after two lackluster seasons on a large payroll Philadelphia Phillies team, including the signing of Bryce Harper last season, the team felt it was best to be under new direction going forth. One name that is generating a lot of interest is Joe Espada, the Houston Astros bench coach.
Espada, 44, previously held positions with the then Florida Marlins and New York Yankees as a third base coach for both squads. And after the 2017 season, Espada took the job with the Astros to be their bench coach. Now two years under an extremely successful franchise, Espada is the perfect candidate for the Cubs managerial vacancy and here’s why.