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Joe Maddon doesn’t want Cubs players pimping home runs

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Joe Maddon may be one of the most forward-thinking managers in baseball, but he remains an old school guy at heart. The Chicago Cubs new manager also may be prone to offbeat behavior off the field as well as employ irreverent motivational tactics to keep his players loose, but once the team steps between the lines, Maddon wants them all about business.

So it probably shouldn’t be too surprising that Maddon made a public declaration about one thing he will not tolerate from his players during games:  What he perceives as the shameless act of pimping home runs.

The new Cubs skipper on Wednesday made it plainly clear that he has no time for such self-promoting, showboating and egocentric antics in baseball, or in any other sport for that matter.

“It’s act like you’ve done it before and you can do it again,” Maddon said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “The touchdown celebration, all that stuff, pounding your chest after dunking a basketball, all this stuff that’s become part of today’s generation of athletes – whether you agree with it being right or wrong doesn’t matter.

“I would just prefer that our guys would act like they’ve done it before and that they’re going to do it again.”

The issue was addressed after Maddon was asked about catcher Welington Castillo apparently performing some pimping following a round-tripper during a spring training game on Tuesday. Maddon said he didn’t see Castillo commit the act, but indicated if that was the case, something would be done about it. After asking about the details, Maddon said about Castillo: “Then we need to talk.”

Maddon, despite his somewhat freewheeling, devil-may-care style, is a staunch traditionalist in some respects, as evidenced by how he recently railed against the current infatuation about speeding up the game and improving pace of play. Standing at the plate and admiring one’s home run before arrogantly taking a slow stroll around the bases certainly slows down the game,  but having respect for one’s opponents apparently is far more important to Maddon.

[H/T Hardball Talk, top image credit: USATSI]