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Cubs' closer carousel has no end in sight, and that's a big problem

It's hard to be a legitimate playoff contender without a legitimate closer.The troubles in the Chicago Cubs' bullpen are many, and the carousel could turn once again as manager Joe Maddon is basically out of answers, unless Chicago pulls off a trade for back-end reliever before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline.Hector Rondon leads the Cubs with 12 saves. He's blown three opportunities...
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Maddon says he's cool if front office opts to stands pat

Managers say the darndest things.Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday said he's just fine if the front office doesn't make a deal to bolster the roster for the stretch run.One look at the state of the Cubs' bullpen makes Maddon's statement curious. One look at the result Tuesday's starter Dallas Beeler, called up from Triple-A Iowa to pitch against the last-place Rockies, makes Maddon...
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Cubs Fans: DON’T PANIC (redux)

So I know what you’re thinking.  Bottom of the ninth, down a run after the Chicago Cubs bullpen had blown yet another save against a subpar-on-paper team.  The Cubs, in fact, were down to their last out in the game.  But before we get into that, let’s talk about a pregame quote: ."It's every fan's right to panic, but we can't." -@Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the pregame show...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs manager Maddon gets hands-on with struggling Bryant, Castro

Hand-in-hand with the Chicago Cubs' recent downturn has been the hitting slumps of rookie sensation Kris Bryant and shortstop Starlin Castro, a subject of recent trade rumors. During Monday's batting practice session at Wrigley Field before the Cubs were set to start an important three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, the NL West's worst team, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and hitting...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Maddon, acting cautiously, has put fragile tag on reliever Ramirez

Neil Ramirez missed 2 1/2 months with a shoulder injury and in the three weeks he's been back, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has decided to play it safe with the right-handed reliever.Maddon told the Chicago Tribune that he doesn't want to use Ramirez, whose fastball has been down a bit, around 93 mph since his return, too often or in consecutive games.Maddon, though, said he's...
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6 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
9 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...
Via The Other Paper
28 days ago  |  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 loved Will Ferrell’s spring training act, John Madden hated it

For the most part, save for some nattering nabobs of negativity, Funny or Die’s Will Ferrell-led cavalcade through the Cactus League on Thursday was viewed as an amusing aside and a grand time was had by one and all. It helped both fans and players break up the doldrums of spring training and allowed sports...Read More The post Joe Maddon loved Will Ferrell’s spring training...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Ten takeaways from the MLB offseason so far

Much of what will take place from April to October is shaped by the events that occur during the offseason—leaving us with many reasons to be excited about what’s to come. And in case you missed any of the winter’s biggest moves, here are 10 takeaways from the MLB offseason so far... 1) Both Chicago teams seem to have bright futures ahead of them. The Cubs’ rise to respectability...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

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