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2019 is an important year for Joe Maddon and Rick Renteria, Chicago's yin and yang of managers

CHICAGO - As they dive headfirst into the 2019 season this week in Arizona, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and White Sox counterpart Rick Renteria are entering crossroads of sorts.

Maddon, coming off a 95-win season and four straight postseason appearances, needs to win to keep his job. Renteria, coming off 100 losses with most of the same nucleus returning, needs to stop losing to keep his sanity.

There may be vastly different expectations for the Cubs and Sox, but fans on both sides of town want to see one thing: improvement.

It's up to Maddon and Renteria, the yin and yang of Chicago managers, to make sure that happens.

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Entering the final year of a five-year deal without a contract extension, Maddon might find his seat a bit toasty if the

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