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WATCH: Remember the time new Cub Fernando got trapped in the bathroom?

When the Chicago Cubs acquired relief pitcher Fernando Rodney it brought him back together with his former manager Joe Maddon when both were with the Tampa Bay Rays -- and it probably also brought back one hilarious memory.The two might have had a laugh together recently reminiscing over one of the most ridiculous things that can happen to a ball player. During a Rays road trip...
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Following Arrieta’s no-hitter, Cubs hit the road in pajamas

August has been very good for the Chicago Cubs. With one day remaining in the month, the team has compiled a 19-8 record and built a 5.5 game lead for the NL’s second wild-card spot. And on Sunday night, pitcher Jake Arrieta built on his case for the NL Cy Young Award, throwing a no-hitter over the Dodgers in a 2-0 victory. But if the pressure of being in the playoff race and...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

What makes Bruce Bochy and Joe Maddon great?

With the Cubs in San Francisco to face the team just behind them in the wild-card race, it makes sense to compare the two managers. After all, they both ended up within the top five in a recent survey, and their teams have both found success in recent years. Though they were born just a year apart, their styles are different enough that they seem to be a study in contrasts...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon: Cubs can win it all this year (and there's precedence)

Everybody knows the Chicago Cubs haven't won the World Series in over a century, so it's easy to find non-believers out there that the lovable losers will be able to do it in any of our lifetimes. This 2015 team certainly wasn't projected to be the one to break the streak -- or curse. This was supposed to be an up-and-coming bunch, but World Series winners? No way. But since the...
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9 days ago  |  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...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon wants to put an end to 3:05 p.m. starts at Wrigley

If Cubs manager Joe Maddon has his way, the club won't play any more games that start at 3:05 p.m. Maddon said it throws players off their usual routines when most home games start at either 7:05 p.m. or 1:05 p.m. According to the Chicago Tribune, Maddon has talked to the Cubs' brass about getting rid of the start time.  “I definitely had that talk with the guys upstairs,” Maddon...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon: Chicago Cubs Magical Manager

Over the weekend, ESPN ran a great piece on the Chicago Cubs‘ new manager Joe Maddon. Maddon is a simple small town, yet refined man within this complex game of baseball. He enjoys red wine, RV trips, and batting his pitchers eighth. He took the small-market Tampa Bay Rays from doormat to threat and all the way to the World Series. Now, in his first year at the helm in Chicago...
Via Baseball Essential
13 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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14 days ago  |  Discuss

How to measure an MLB manager

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 little value to...
Via The Sports Post
July 20, 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

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