PITTSBURGH – Another take-out slide, this time on second base, gave Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon the opportunity to voice his – albeit sarcastic – opinion on the slide rules that governed the conversation between the two The Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates have dominated this week.
The scenario unfolded as Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove slid hard into second base in the bottom of the fourth innings and jumped back into second baseman Javier Baez, who was about to throw a try first for a double. He never got the throw because the two players had words that were very few, even though both benches and bullpens were deleted. The piece opened Maddon's door to challenge the slide ̵
"This is a New York play," Maddon said sarcastically after the C-League's 2-1 loss. "You'll have to explain it to us, it was very unclear in the field, I'll wait to hear the statement, the official, tomorrow."
His comments were regarding a game on Monday when first baseman Anthony Rizzo slipped into catcher Elias Diaz, who was trying to break a double-to-first game. The umpires thought it was a legal chute, but the league reversed that decision on Tuesday, angering Maddon. It turned out that the Musgrove chute was untestable because Baez had never tried to make a litter the first base.
"It was a review that turned out to be a non-review," Maddon continued. "That's what they said, based on the fact that Javy is not trying to throw … throwing the ball, not throwing the ball, good slide, bad slide, it's really all over the map and it makes it very difficult for the referee. "  Baez said the benches really do not have to come to the second base. He and Musgrove were fine.
Javier Baez explains what happened when the benches cleaned themselves after Joe Musgrove's slide.
"He went hard," Baez said. "I'm not saying it was a bad slide, I asked him," What was that? "He said," Sorry, "and the conversation was over, everyone came out because they have to, sometimes the players just talk.
Maddon found the whole thing entertaining as there was no reason for the teams to gather on the infield.
"We got together," he said. "I wanted [first-base coach] Kimera Bartee, because I've known him for a long time, he wanted chili [Davis] but I stepped in. It was an absurd moment.
" I thought that was more humorous because there was nothing going on. Absolutely, an inconspicuous nothing.
After the game, to avoid being called a hypocrite because of his stance on Monday, Maddon made it clear that he thought Musgrove had not done anything wrong.
"I had no problem with the slide before everything, "said Maddon. Second, everything creates the ambiguity in the definition. I just need more definition. "