Joe Maddon Newsbeat
Sunday, September 11, 2016
Joe Maddon is the best.
“Perfect example was last year,” Martinez said. “Anthony Rizzo says, ‘I want to play 162 games.’ All of a sudden we get to the playoffs and he said, ‘Man, I was tired.’ So I tell him, ‘Hey, take your days off. That’s why we’re in the position we’re in. Take them. Relax.’”
Rizzo talked his way into the lineup on Wednesday, but you can bet he’ll get a day off soon. Maddon usually has good reasons ready for the tough conversations. Last week he thought Rizzo’s bat looked a little slow – until he hit three home runs in two days. But a slow start to this weekend for the Cubs first baseman could possibly see him on the bench come Monday in St. Louis after the team takes a late Sunday night flight. There’s Maddon’s opening.
“We always get blowback from guys that want to play,” the manager said. “Part of our game is not walking or running away from difficult conversations. You have to have them. If you try to be disingenuous and create all these weird excuses why you’re doing something, that will never play.”
Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 79 comment(s)
Sunday, September 04, 2016
This is the most important factor by far.
2. There are more pitchers. Teams now routinely carry 12 and sometimes even 13. That limits positional maneuverability for a manager, unless he has player(s) who can make it feel like he has more than 25 players available by being able to capably move around.
Posted: September 04, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 61 comment(s)
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Joe Maddon and David Ross visited Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully in his TV booth before Friday’s game to wish him well and give him some going away gifts.
Among the presents was the numbers 6 and 7 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard, and a variety of T-shirts from the vintage Maddon collection, including the ubiquitous “Try Not To Suck” T.
Was Maddon hoping the legendary Scully would say “try not to suck” on the air for perhaps the first time in his career?
“It would definitely put a spike in the sales,” Maddon said.
After thinking about it for a second, Maddon decided such language was “not in (Scully’s) bailiwick.”
Sunday, August 07, 2016
That’s why I’m making a modest proposal to the Cubs to keep manager Joe Maddon relaxed and fresh for October: Give him a “Camp Ojibwa weekend” and tell him to come back Tuesday.
Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played left field.
“We were down to almost nothing,” manager Joe Maddon said after using 22 of the 25 players on his roster. “Travis, my God, what an athlete. ... Travis made everything possible. He may have had his best stuff all year.”
It was fun watching Maddon play around with the roster and lineup. I don’t have a ton of specific criticisms to any of the individual moves (I am not a Coghlan fan); and while some might say he was being cute for the sake of being cute, I think each move made sense in context. Too bad no one hit a ball to any of the pitchers in LF.
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Given how much MLB provides in meal money, you’d think Maddon would have chosen a place with more of a dress code:
The Cubs have adopted the simple mantra “Try Not To Suck” for this season. However, shirts emblazoned with the words reportedly were not allowed to be worn at the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium as the two teams played their first of six series against each other this year.
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The genesis of the T-shirt came last year when Maddon jokingly told call-up Javier Baez “try not to suck” when advising him on his role with the big league club. Sales from the shirt benefit Maddon’s foundation, Respect 90.
The manager first heard about the controversy while he was dining at a restaurant in St. Louis on Sunday night. “A guy came in with the shirt on and he told me he was denied access at the ballpark, so I was debating all kinds of methods to combat all that, but then I decided to let it fly,” Maddon said. “If the fans are responding, that’s the best way to indicate how foolish it is.”
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