Joe Maddon expects fine for tirade after overturned call in Game 1 of NLCS – Chicago Tribune
Joe Maddon will find out soon how much his rant from Saturday night will cost him.
The Cubs manager expects to be fined by Major League Baseball for his tirade after an out at home plate was overturned in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. It was ruled that Cubs catcher Willson Contreras did not allow a path to home plate for Dodgers base runner Charlie Culberson.
The play accounted for the final run in the Dodgers’ 5-2 win.
“I expect it,” Maddon said Sunday, before he was scheduled to meet with Joe Torre, MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer prior to Game 2.
Maddon, however, reminded media members that he wore a T-shirt while managing the Rays that said, “Tell me what you think, not what you’ve heard.”
“I really like people that tell me what they think, and then I can deal with that after that.”
Maddon said he’ll accept the consequences, adding that he has no problems with the money going to MLB charities.
Justin case: Maddon acknowledged that he altered his bullpen script because of the struggles of left-hander Justin Wilson, who was left off the NLCS roster.
“That was counted upon when we got him,” Maddon said. “The guy has a great arm, and that’s not just to say he won’t get back to his original form to what he had been pitching.
“But for right now, we’re just not seeing that. But we anticipated more, no question.”
The bullpen had a 7.08 ERA through its first six playoff games compared with the starting rotation’s 1.99 mark. In the regular season, the Cubs relivers’ 3.80 ERA ranked third in the National League.
“We’ve been good all year,” Maddon said. “There’s nowhere to run. We just got to keep playing, and you got to keep putting them out there at what you think is the right time. And that’s how you win. Because we have eight games to win, not one or two.”
Fountain of youth? John Lackey, 38, threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings in a rare relief appearance Saturday, and Maddon was encouraged.
“I need to find out how he feels,” Maddon said of Lackey, who has made only two regular-season relief appearances during his 15-year career. “He’ll tell me he feels great.
“He can be very valuable. If those guys are having a (rough) moment, Johnny can be very important.”