#1: Can the team trust Maddon?
It seems like there’s a lot of fuss surrounding the man who led the Chicago Cubs to a championship after 100 years.
Three players depicted Joe Maddon as someone who does not communicate roles and intentions well. First of all, Aroldis Chapman said he was misused by Maddon in the postseason. Montero came forward, consequently saying Maddon did not explain his playoff role well enough. Jason Hammel suggested more miscommunication and misuse from his now-former manager as he left for Kansas City.
Where there is smoke there is often fire. What is more telling to me is that Maddon told reporters during the playoffs that he only trusted two pitchers in the bullpen. As a result, players likely feel a lack of confidence from their leader.
Many of the decisions Maddon makes are without question. However, since the postseason started last year, more questions have appeared than compliments.
Is that a sign of discontent? I doubt it.
Chalk it up to player egos and stressful situations. He is the heartbeat of this team who walks to the beat of his own drum – as does his young ball club.