In an earlier post today I talked about how two things can be true at the same time. Here are two things that are both true: 1. Joe Maddon and the Cubs won the World Series; and 2. Joe Maddon didn’t optimally deploy Aroldis Chapman in the World Series.
I hope people can get their head around that, because it seems pretty obvious. He was used far too long with a big lead someone else could’ve protected in Game 6 and was obviously gassed in Game 7 as a result. Was it somewhat understandable that he wanted to nail down Game 6 in no uncertain terms? Sure. Did it all work out fine? Yes, of course it did. But it was still pretty riksy, many who know what they are talking about questioned it both at the time and after the fact and Maddon continues to be asked about it. With good reason.
Today Aroldis Chapman, his deal with the Yankees official, met the New York press. And he echoed the criticism of Joe Maddon:
Despite all of the criticism Maddon has received, it’s unusual for it to actually come from a player. Typically, even if a manager is hacking a pitcher’s arm off with a rusty chainsaw (figuratively speaking), the pitcher will say “I’m just doin’ what my manager asks of me and trying to help the ballclub win.” Thats often BS — and, like I said, I agree with Chapman’s assessment here — but it is notable that he’s saying it publicly. I’m guessing this will lead to a new round of people asking Maddon for comment on it all.
Which, in keeping with the two-things-can-be-true ethos, he would be totally justified in answering via fax on “2016 World Series Champion” stationary with a cover sheet made out of press clippings of Chapman’s $86 million deal. That stuff works both ways, you know.