Neil Ramirez


MESA, Ariz. — This is how Joe Maddon’s mind works: The Cubs manager brought up a retired four-star general/former Secretary of State while breaking down Jason Motte’s impact on the bullpen. 


A trip to New York reminded Joe Maddon of the nowhere-to-hide scrutiny that comes with this job. But having no OFF switch must sound ideal to someone who loves the bright lights.


Betting on Jason Motte could have a big payoff with Joe Maddon at the controls of the Cubs bullpen.


The Cubs will be following the standard playbook in professional sports by firing one guy and swinging in a completely different direction with Joe Maddon.


“Outside the organization, outside the city, around baseball, the story is the Cubs are coming fast and the Cubs are coming strong.”