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Joe Maddon Newsbeat

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The unique role Hazleton, Pa., plays in the Chicago Cubs’ World Series push

Nice take on Joe Maddon’s hometown, his sprawling Italian family tree, and a new outpost of Cubs fans.

sotapop Posted: October 20, 2016 at 04:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Friday, October 14, 2016

Joe Maddon confident his Cubs will be ready for the NLCS - Chicago Tribune

They are good enough. They are smart enough. And, gosh darn it, people like them.

“And you don’t want to see all these other dudes,” Maddon said. “So this time of year, you just see good pitching. That’s what this time of the year means.

“I honestly believe our guys will be equal to the challenge. I know they’re going to be ready. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, joe maddon, playoffs

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez delivers the bad news for Joe Maddon - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

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.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:26 AM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dave martinez, joe maddon

Sunday, September 04, 2016

How Joe Maddon’s Cubs experiment is changing baseball | New York Post

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 12:18 PM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hardly a Hard Day’s Night for the Cubs on Beatles Night at Dodger Stadium - Chicago Tribune

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.”

No matter.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2016 at 11:06 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, joe maddon, vin scully

Sunday, August 07, 2016

A modest proposal: Give Joe Maddon the weekend off - Chicago Tribune

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.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 08:24 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, joe maddon

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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