Cubs answer Joe Maddon's critics: 'Just the nature of being the manager in Chicago'

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:24:16 AM. Joe Maddon drew plenty of criticism in the postseason, and the Cubs believe it's unmerited.
manager drew criticism in the for some of his moves, including the fateful decision to go with in the ninth inning of Game 2. Many in the Cubs’ front office wonder why Maddon gets so much heat from fans, especially after what he’s accomplished in his three years with the team. Is it just part of being a manager in Chicago, where baseball is talked about year round? “I think that’s just the nature of being the manager in Chicago,” general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday at the GM meetings. “We’ve won 292 games or something like that the last three years and been to three (League Championship Series) and won a . And the manager that’s done that is getting criticized? “Almost by definition, if he’s getting criticized that means it just comes with the territory, because I think you’d probably have to go back a long way in baseball history to have a guy in his first three years with a team having that kind of success. … “I think it’s the nature of being a manager in the postseason. When you’re in the postseason the spotlight is so much on managers in general, positive and negative, from hero to goat, from success to criticism, whatever it might be.” Hoyer argued that in the postseason the teams are so evenly matched that a few of the manager’s decisions are “upsetting the balance of the game.” Maddon also was widely criticized in the 2016 postseason for over-extending closer Aroldis Chapman and pulling Kyle Hendricks early in Game 7 of the World Series. “The manager is talked about...Read more
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