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Joe Maddon and the Potential for a Bullpen Game in the NLDS

Joe Maddon has recalibrated our understanding, as Cubs fans, of a manager’s ability to run a baseball team. For every stroke of statistical savant, there’s the nurturing development side that Maddon facilitates. He rides his bike, keeps it loose, and keeps baseball in perspective. The fans expected Maddon to reach the .500 mark in Year One. […]
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The Playoffs, through Horn-Rimmed Glasses

On the day of his introduction as Cubs manager, Joe Maddon declared, “I’m gonna talk World Series this year.” Since that beginning, the eminently quotable Maddon has continued to embrace bold predictions while keeping the young Cubs loose yet focused, and players like Anthony Rizzo have echoed the confident tone set by their philosophical skipper. And, at last, […]
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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...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon OK with bullpen game in the postseason

Yesterday Joe Maddon talked a bit about what the Cubs might do if they beat the Pirates on October 7th. Jon Lester would start Game 1 against the Cardinals and then what? Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks haven't exactly pitched great down the stretch. The Cubs have had a couple bullpen games recently due to double-headers that have turned out fairly well for the Cubs. Travis...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon transforms Wrigley Field into petting zoo (photos)

Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was known to bring animals into the clubhouse during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays, one of many examples how how he implements unorthodox methods to motivate his players — but how he transformed Wrigley Field into an actual petting zoo is off the charts. Maddon has a bevy of creatures great and small brought onto the field before Monday’s...
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15 days ago  |  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...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon says AC/DC ‘totally messed up’ infield at Wrigley

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes a recent concert by legendary rockers AC/DC has caused significant damage to the playing surface at Wrigley Field, saying, “we’ve had a little bit of trouble,” since the show last week. “I don’t know if they [the band] were out there taking ground balls in 9-inch heels,” Maddon said following Monday’s 9-5 win over the Milwaukee...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon blames AC/DC concert for Cubs' sloppy play

Even though the Chicago Cubs have won seven of their last ten at home, the team has been a little sloppy in the field…and skipper Joe Maddon thinks he knows why. Joe Maddon blames Starlin Castro’s error on AC/DC concert at Wrigley: “They have totally messed up our infield.” — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) September 22, 2015   During their victory Monday night,...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon fuming with Cardinals over retaliation for hit batter

Joe Maddon went scorched earth on the St. Louis Cardinals after feeling like they unnecessarily retaliated during Friday’s Cubs-Cardinals game. Cubs pitcher Dan Haren hit Matt Holliday in the fifth inning, leading the Cardinals to retaliate by hitting Anthony Rizzo in the seventh “I’m really disappointed in what the Cardinals did right there,” Maddon said after the game...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs alert season ticket holders of playoff ticket availability

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 as our team...
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August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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