Joe Madden insisted Wednesday that his split with the Chicago Cubes was mutual.
Madden, the newly crowned manager of the Los Angeles Angel, told the Tampa Bay Times that he knew he would not return with the cubes, and he did not mind.
"When it came to the last few days, it was really obvious to both parties," Madden told the newspaper. "And I didn't want to go back. It was more of a bilateral than a unilateral solution. ”
Kubb's President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein announced the separation before the final game of the regular season began. Chicago has been in the mix for the division title and wildcard spot all season long, as a losing spell eventually flushes those dreams out.
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When Madden returned to where his career began outside the baseball field, the Cube hired David Ross to take the helm. Madden was asked about Chicago's decision to hire Ross.
"We will see how everything works out. But I'm really in David really successful. I want to play them in a World Series, because that would mean both sides are successful, "said Madden.
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" And I want to win the last game I think that it is only suitable for him – I love David, I think he will really do a great job and I love many of the players out there. At the end of this season, I have more thought and tears from some [Cubs players] than ever before. "