PHOENIX -- Joe Maddon made club history this weekend, earning the 400th victory of his managerial career with the Cubs in Saturday’s 9-1 win against the D-backs at Chase Field.
Maddon reached the mark in his 674th regular-season game with Chicago. Only Frank Chance (594 games) and Cap Anson (606 games) reached 400 wins in fewer games for the Cubs.
Maddon was told about the accomplishment on Saturday night by a family member.
“I had no idea. It’s cool. It just means we have good players,” Maddon said. “I’ve been in a good situation from jump street, getting this opportunity to begin with. My point of development as a manager was very fortunate. I’d like for that to continue for several more years.”
Overall, Maddon has won 1,181 games as a big leaguer manager, including 754 games in nine seasons with the Rays and 27 games with the Angels in parts of 1996 and '99. He led the Cubs to a World Series title in 2016.
“It’s really about the players, and don’t ever anyone be deceived,” he said. “If you have good players, you have a chance to be a good manager.”
According to Stats Inc., Maddon is the fastest manager to reach 400 wins with a team since Joe Torre did with the Yankees from 1996-99.
“What I have done is taken what I have learned and brought it to Chicago,” Maddon said. “I am enjoying this possibly more than I have ever enjoyed doing this. Part of is this generational concept that I’m trying to infuse myself in with the quote, unquote millennial group, which is not really my focus. My focus is to be communicative in a way that I can extrapolate the most out of these guys.”
Montgomery on the mend
Mike Montgomery, who is on the injured list with a mild left lat strain (retroactive to April 5), is expected to make another rehab appearance on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa, but a timetable for a return to the big league club is unclear.
“The plan is just to make sure that he is healthy,” Maddon said. “We are going to have some guys getting healthy all at once. We have Addison [Russell] to think about also as he works his way back here. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”
Montgomery has allowed three runs on four hits in six innings combined at Class A and Double-A in his previous rehab appearances. He has struck out seven and walked one. Prior to the injury, he had given up six runs (five earned) over 2 2/3 innings in four appearances.
“You need depth to be great these days and our depth is coming back to us,” the manager said. “Hopefully, these guys stay healthy. We have to make some tough decisions.”