Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is known for having his finger on the pulse of his players. In fact, Maddon has actually drawn criticism from within for resting regulars and using “spring training” like lineups after the team clinched the NL Central division and wrapped up home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. In particular, ace Jake Arrieta and catcher Miguel Montero weren’t thrilled with the lineups and some in-game changes that directly impacted them during Wednesday’s 8-4 loss in Pittsburgh.
As baseball still processes the shocking death of Jose Fernandez, this week’s StewPod offers you a new perspective on the life of Fernandez. It belongs to Pedro Martinez, the Hall of Fame pitcher and analyst for MLB Network’s “MLB Tonight,” who had built a friendship with Fernandez since his emergence as one of the best pitchers in the game. In fact, Martinez says, he was looking forward to going fishing with Fernandez soon.
In an interview aired during Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Xfinity Series driver Bubba Wallace explained that he is going to treat this Saturday’s second race of the Xfinity Chase at Dover International Speedway just like any other race. But, he admits that when you’re in the middle of a race it’s hard to stay calm and keep that mindset.