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Monday, October 16, 2017

Joe Maddon calls John Lackey, not Wade Davis | MLB.com

He’ll be well rested for game 3.

“I really just needed him for the save tonight,” Maddon said. “He had limited pitches. It was one inning only, and in these circumstances, you don’t get him up and then don’t get him in. So if we had caught the lead, he would have pitched. That’s it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2017 at 10:46 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bullpen’s failure, Joe Maddon’s decisions cost Cubs more than play at plate - Chicago Tribune

Maddon spent the rest of the postgame news conference addressing a controversial play that didn’t affect the game as much as the bullpen’s failure, the offense’s ineffectiveness or his own judgment. Relievers Rondon and Mike Montgomery gave up home runs and the Cubs managed four hits, so remember that when declaring how wonderful it was that Maddon made a strong stand against a weak rule.

Umpires ejected Maddon in the sixth inning for arguing after a replay review reversed a call, declaring Dodgers shortstop Charlie Culberson safe because Willson Contreras broke one of baseball’s most hotly contested rules by sliding his left foot in front of the plate. With the intent of getting tossed, Maddon charged from the dugout immediately.

“I have to stick up for my boys,’’ Maddon said. “I’ve got to stick up for everybody that plays this game.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2017 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Joe Maddon wants the Dodgers? He’s got them if Cubs can win one more | Chicago Sun-Times

‘‘You have to beat the best to be the best,’’ Maddon said. ‘‘You can’t run away from any of this stuff. Pick the ’27 Yankees, pick the ’64 Cardinals, the Big Red Machine, whatever. You just want to believe your guys can match up with anybody, and I want our guys to believe the same thing.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2017 at 08:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Without Rays’ leap, Joe Maddon’s way might not have made it to Chicago - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

“The two things that were most important to us, with the young team that we had, was someone with an extensive player development background as well as someone who was intellectually curious,” Friedman recalled this week from Los Angeles, where he is now the president of the Dodgers. “As far as what we were looking for at that point in time, Joe fit it to a T. He checked all the boxes on paper, and even more so when we sat down and had a chance to exchange ideas and thoughts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, rays

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Joe Maddon won’t apologize for remarks on hometown: ‘There’s no ill intent’ - Chicago Tribune

I’m glad he didn’t reflexively apologize.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 09, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trib: Joe Maddon on visit to White House: ‘Easy to say ‘yes’ out of respect to the office’

I was hoping Maddon and his players would show up in their best “Anchorman” attire:

“Whatever Mr. Ricketts would like me to do, I’m going to do. Mr. Ricketts and the Ricketts family have been good to us. So part of that is that. The other part is whenever you have a chance to go to the White House, I think it’s easy to say ‘yes’ out of respect to the office and the building itself.”

But this time, not as many players are expected to attend, due to the scheduled afternoon visit before the Cubs play the Washington Nationals in the evening.

“It’s not a big deal for me to go there because last time they went, they told me it was four hours with standing up and getting tired,” reliever Hector Rondon, who didn’t attend the January visit with President Obama due to travel issues. “I don’t want to go there and get tired. I prefer to stay in my hotel room and be here and prepare for the game and for my teammates.”

Infielder Tommy La Stella said he doesn’t pay attention to politics and would not be attending.

“I’m sure it’s a pretty nice production,” La Stella said. “It’s not as simple as just showing up.”

Some members of the traveling party won’t be as well dressed as their January visit.

“I’ll have my best pair of jeans on and a nice shirt, which I’m really digging on,” Maddon said. “So it’s not nearly as formal as the last one, even though the last one I didn’t wear a shirt and tie, either.”


Monday, June 19, 2017

Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon invests in resting stars now to win big later - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

“‘Patience’ is a really big word right now and keeping a clear head about what’s going on and how you’ve done [it] in the past,” Maddon explained before Sunday’s victory in Pittsburgh. “I do believe having rested, healthy people by August matters a lot. I have to be more mindful of that for another six weeks. I have to be mindful of not pushing anyone over their limits. ... If you do, right now, I promise you, you will be toast by Aug. 15. You will not see that wonderful finish we are used to seeing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 19, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Monday, May 29, 2017

Chicago Cubs say slow start offers ‘no need to worry’

Do it like 1978!

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is keeping calm while fans in Chicago might be “freaking out” over the team’s 25-24 record as the calendar hits Memorial Day. After a weekend sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maddon was asked what to tell a nervous fan base.

“Please, go ahead and freak out,” he said with a smile. “If you want to freak out, freak out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2017 at 09:52 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


 

 

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