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I know he's a good manager. I get that. But I hate arrogance, and Joe has too much of it. I don't like that he tries to be the players friend... like the cool mom who let's the kids drink at her house. I feel like he presents himself as Papa Smurf... he knows all, he befriends who he wants to and to hell with everyone else. He's trying to make his legacy into one of legend, and I am not on board. We've written about him a lot here over the years on BYB. How about this one from 2012: JOE MADDON'S "COOL DAD" ACT IS OLD.
Now in the game of baseball, the goal is to win at all costs. So when Aroldis Chapman came out saying that Maddon overused him in the World Series... it wasn't that Chapman didn't want to be out there. Every player wants their moment. It's that Chapman was suggesting that there's plenty of reliable arms in the bullpen... Why the hell am I the guy you bring out every 5 minutes? How many moments do I need? Chapman said this. The New York Times will handle it:
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'Personally I don’t agree with the way he used me,' said Chapman, speaking through an interpreter in a conference call with reporters the day after his signing became official. 'But he is the manager and he had the strategy, you know?'”
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Now, look, as a coach myself on a much lower level, I get it... you need to win the game, but clearly there's a language barrier here. Plus, Maddon's not stupid. He knows that any players mentality is to "give me the ball" because you want opportunities as a player. But when you step back and look in at the situation, it's easy to see that that Cubs team was solid, and Papa could have mixed and matched much better. In Little League you call it the Stud Road... the easy way out. Give the ball to the stud. Don't worry if he gets hurt and forget about the other kids... we need to win.
It's crap... it really is. There needs to be balance... at any level.
Now look, whatever happened between Chapman is Maddon is on them, but clearly not everything was discussed as Maddon claims. And if it was, I'm not sure Chapman understood any of it. You see what I mean?
In the end, Chapman's back in the Bronx again, and Maddon's in the NL. I'm glad about all of that... no more crap from Papa Smurf for me.