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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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Posnanski: Its Time to Fix Manager of the Year voting

Was it actually Ned who was the Yost with the most?

1. Vote on the Manager of the Year AFTER the playoffs. This seems so obvious, it’s hard to believe that it needs to be said. The Baseball Writers in the olden days started voting for their awards before the playoffs because … there were no playoffs. There was only a World Series, and that was considered separate from the rest of the game. Voting at the end of the regular season made some sense then.

But now, the playoffs are the whole game. The 162-game season is secondary. Ten out of 30 teams make the postseason, and greatness is defined in October. Bruce Bochy has not won the Manager of the Year award for the Giants because the award is voted for BEFORE he led three teams to World Series titles. This is pure lunacy.

2. Vote on Manager of the Year every two years. We talk about small sample sizes a lot in baseball. Well, with managers, one season is just too small a sample size. In 2003, for instance, Kansas City’s Tony Pena won Manager of the Year, and that included my vote. Hey, I thought he did an AMAZING job inspiring a spectacularly limited team. They were somehow in first place for four months.

But four months is … just not very long in baseball terms. The Royals fell apart toward the end of the year, and they were horrendous the next year, and Pena quit early the following year, and as much fun as that 2003 season was, let’s be honest, Tony Pena was not Manager of the Year. He might have won Manager of the Month a couple of times.

If this year’s vote had been over the two years, we could have avoided that Matt Williams award in 2014 along with some of the other unfortunate choices, like Tony Pena.

 


 

 

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