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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Cubs use 3 different pitchers as OFs en route to 15-inning win

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. 

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

ESPN: Cardinals Ban Maddon T-Shirt At Busch Stadium

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.”


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mike Scioscia may be old school, but GM Billy Eppler says Angels manager embraces new metrics too - LA Times

“The analytics vs. scouting thing, it’s so tired,” he said. “It’s so East Coast-West Coast rap. Uncle. Uncle, you know what I mean?

“It’s almost like you have to be Republican or Democrat. Are you East Coast rap or West Coast? Are you for stats or are you for scouting? I don’t know. Can I really be in between? Because I am.

“It’s only black and white. Nobody wants gray, but gray’s the best. That’s what makes this game great. There is no absolute.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, joe maddon, sabr

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Van of the hour: Cubs’ Joe Maddon pulls another trick from his bag of surprises

On Monday, it was hard to tell exactly what it was specifically. At one point, it looked like a Cheech and Chong sequel with Maddon in the driver’s seat and bench coach Davey Martinez riding shotgun, both wearing bandanas, and dreadlocked mental skills coordinator Darnell McDonald leaning between them from the back seat.

Either that or a psychedelic version of Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine.

“It was all of that,” Maddon said. “It was the ‘70s. I wanted disco music. I wanted Shining Star. I was thinking Austin Powers. … Davey went out and got the Cheech and Chong shirts. I chose the peace sign. I thought it was less controversial.

“It’s just one of those moments,” he added. “Whatever it takes to bring the group together, we’ll do it. And then you saw their work after that was spectacular.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Friday, February 19, 2016

What will Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs lineups look like this season? - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

If you have ever played in a simulation league, you have spent way too much time working on a perfect lineup that you’ll hardly ever use.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2016 at 08:09 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon, lineups

 

 

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