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How Joe Maddon Has Added Hidden Value to the Cubs

“Particular managers may make it easier for teams to sign and retain players, while others make it harder.” — Baseball Between the Numbers, Baseball Prospectus  Joe Maddon doesn’t step into the batter’s box every night and hit 450-foot rockets into the right-field bleachers. He doesn’t gun down runners at home plate. And he doesn’t get lost […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Maddon, Bannister win MLB Manager of the Year awards

NEW YORK — Joe Maddon has won his third Manager of the Year award, earning his first in the National League after guiding the Chicago Cubs to their first postseason berth since 2008. Maddon got 18 first-place votes for 124 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday. Maddon becomes the seventh manager to win the award three times...
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Schwarber calls Cubs encasing home run ball ‘pretty cool’

Kyle Schwarber’s moon shot of a home run in the 7th inning of Tuesday’s series-clinching 6-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals will live on in Chicago Cubs lore for ages. The home run ball he deposited on top of the Wrigley Field scoreboard will remain where it landed for at least as long as the Cubs remain in the postseason, something the Cubs rookie deems as “pretty cool...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Ahead of the Wild Card Game between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, much of analysis in between the announcement of the starting lineups was focused on the potential trade-off of offense for defense by the Pirates and vice versa for the Cubs. Clint Hurdle chose to start Sean Rodriguez instead of defensive liability Pedro Alvarez at first base. Joe Maddon chose to put...
Via Fangraphs
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Filling the MLB playoff picture: Joe Maddon and the young Cubs

Fall officially began on Wednesday but the baseball season still has excitement in store. The Blue Jays took two-out-of-three from the Yankees leaving New York three back in the AL East entering play on Thursday. The Royals have lost closer Greg Holland to an elbow injury but are otherwise setting their lineup for the playoffs. The Texas Rangers have taken over the AL West putting...
Via The Sports Post
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon Thinks AC/DC Concert Might Have Messed Up Wrigley Field Infield

Joe Maddon has said before he likes all kinds of music, but that list might not include rock and roll greats AC/DC — at least not anymore. The Chicago Cubs manager is a little concerned about the Wrigley Field infield, and he thinks the legendary rock group might have played a role. Well, maybe not the band themselves exactly, but Maddon’s blaming a recent Wrigley concert for...
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon blames AC/DC concert for messing up Wrigley infield

For over four decades, rock and roll ass-kickers AC/DC have been melting faces, shattering eardrums, and causing heavy-metal destruction wherever they set foot. It’s that last part that Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a problem with, especially after the Australian rockers played a concert at Wrigley Field. The band played Wrigley on September 15, and after the Cubs committed three...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon’s advice on fan safety after Wrigley incident: ‘Pay attention’

A rash of injuries to fans seated close to the field at ballparks this season, including two over the past weekend, has given rise to calls for Major League Baseball to make attending a game safer for those in premium seating. Joe Maddon, who witnessed firsthand on Sunday how dangerous it can be for fans seated so close to the field, had one piece of advice for fans on how to help...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Cubs alert season ticket holders of playoff ticket availability

By Jason Rowan With Joe Maddon’s Chicago Cubs smack dab in the middle of the hunt for a Wild Card berth in the National League, the organization — if it is as superstitious as it reasonably should be — has arguably tempted fate and announced to season ticket holders that playoff tickets are now available for purchase. “It has been an exciting few weeks of Cubs baseball...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

How to measure an MLB manager

By David Horwitz Since the beginning of time, man has looked at numbers to quantify his findings, and there is no better example of that than the sport of baseball. With sabermetrics, it seems every component of the game has been broken down ad nauseam. But what if some components of the game defy numbers? A case in point can be managerial value. Most prognosticators give very...
Via The Sports Post
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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