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Cubs' Lester on board with Maddon's quirky methods

Joe Maddon has some interesting strategies when it comes to managing a team, but it appears the ace of his pitching staff is all for it. “You never know how to take it,” Lester told CSN Chicago. “You don’t really know: Is it unprofessional? “But being around him, he’s great. It’s great – especially for these guys that are young that haven’t done this – to...
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Closer Report, Week 13: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Bullpen

I am equating this one solely on one thing for the Cubbies... and that term is?  Pseudo-intellectual.  Joe Maddon does everything different and it's gotta be the glasses.  He makes everyone want, need or have to be involved in his bullpen.  Basically, he is the united colors of Benetton of managers.  His hydra approach at the bullpen is not only bothersome or troubling for...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: There’s magic in the clubhouse

There’s magic in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. No, literally, there’s magic in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. Lately, this Cubs team has struggled. Coming into last night’s game, the Cubs were on a five-game losing streak, and during the skid, the offense has been almost nonexistent. Throughout the losing streak, the Cubs have scored only 6 runs including 11 runs in their last...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon brings in magician to help end Cubs’ slump

In the midst of a five-game losing streak, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon dipped into his bag of tricks to try and create some magic for his team.And no, he didn't pull a rabbit or penguin out of his hat. "Joe started talking about [baseball] magic and the next thing I know there was a magician there," second baseman Addison Russell said afterward. Maddon said he thought...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Maddon feels replay system needs tweaking

There's no doubt that instant replay has been good for baseball. However, despite all the good that has come from instant replay, it has also been the source of a lot of controversy. Despite technology, umpires are never going to get 100 percent of the calls right, no matter how frustrating that may be. It may seem the instant replay would allow for every call to be correct...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs manager Joe Maddon's solution for improving MLB instant replay: Nerds

Never one to hold his tongue, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon ripped an umpiring decision Wednesday night on a play at second base in which Chris Denorfia was tagged out to end the game, a 5-2 Dodgers victory. And Maddon thinks that nerds can deliver more clarity. Denorfia hit a shot to left field that Scott Van Slyke fielded off the wall and heaved to second base where an umpire...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: What happened to the offense?

As of today, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of losing 5 of their last 9 games. During this 10 day stretch, the Cubs have been struggling to manufacture runs and have experienced a serious drop-off. In the last 9 games, the Cubs are only averaging 3.22 runs/game about 1 run less than their season average of 4.2 runs/game. Statistically speaking, there has been dramatic hitting...
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon unhappy over Cubs’ ‘awkward schedule’

Joe Maddon on Monday expressed some dissatisfaction over the fact the Chicago Cubs had a day game on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks only to travel back home for an early-afternoon home game on Memorial Day against the Washington Nationals. “I don’t understand why [the] Memorial game has to be played during the day,”...Read More The post Joe Maddon expresses unhappiness...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon eviscerates umpire D.J. Reyburn following ejection

Joe Maddon became so frustrated with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s strike zone during the Chicago Cubs’ 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals that his chirping over it ultimately resulted in his sixth-inning ejection. But the Cubs skipper was far from finished angrily articulating his opinion that Reyburn had a horrible day calling balls...Read More The post Joe Maddon eviscerates...
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May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

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