Joe Maddon calls out Addison Russell after mistake-filled performance
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is not known for calling out his players publicly, but he didn’t resist after Addison Russell’s performance on Saturday.
The Cubs shortstop made a litany of mistakes, including three baserunning errors and a mistake in the field.
Sometimes you have a bad day. Sometimes you're Addison Russell and you lack common sense, let alone a bag of coins…#Cubs #AddisonRussell #EverybodyIn@PinwheelsIvyPod @SouthsideZo @AldoSoto21 @Matt_Enuco pic.twitter.com/8lNlU0AzoL
— Kevin Fiddler (@KFidds) July 20, 2019
That was too much for Maddon to take. He said after the Cubs’ 6-5 win that Russell “has to” sort the mistakes out.
Joe on Russell: "He's got to straighten some things out. He has to. I'm not going to stand here … we've talked about his baserunning in the past." #Cubs
— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) July 20, 2019
Russell has not been a favorite of Cub fans this season for both his performance and his off-field transgressions, and made things even worse for himself by criticizing his critics before ultimately backing down. Maddon, for one, certainly seems to be tiring of the on-field mistakes.