Joe Maddon: Cubs’ dress code dictated by ‘If you think you look hot’
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn’t only one of the best managers in the game, he has carved out a reputation of being one of baseball’s most eccentric personalities.
Maddon, despite being old-school in some respects, proved it once again by railing against the notion that ballplayers need to be dressed to the nines when traveling, instead opting for a philosophy that has his players “exercise common sense” when it comes to practical matters like dress codes.
Maddon held a small meeting with who he refers to as his “lead bulls” on Sunday to go over team rules, during which day-to-day policies were laid out so everyone will be on the same page heading into the season.
“The biggest topic of discussion was shorts or not on the road,” Maddon reported following the meeting, per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
Maddon isn’t keen on overwhelming players with a laundry list of rules and standards. Instead, he opts for an approach he likens to a “force field” in that players “might get stung a little bit” at times while still recognizing there remains a line that should not be crossed.
Specifically addressing the dress code, Maddon explained it in a manner becoming of a person with such a quirky personality.
“If you think you look hot, you wear it,” he said. “I’ve always rallied against the fact that [the] previous generation really frowns upon non-collared shirts, which I’ve never understood. They’ve always been in favor of the collared shirt and that being more acceptable than the non-collared shirt. I’ve never understood that logic when it comes down to dress.
“The $5,000 suit on the airplane ride makes no sense to me.”
Maddon also addressed the team policies related to kids in the clubhouse — a savvy move given what’s going on with the Cubs’ crosstown colleagues — suggesting that players “exercise common sense with all this stuff.”
It should go without saying that players love playing for a free-wheeling, free-spirited and no-nonsense manager like Maddon. He demonstrates respect for his players that fosters an environment that breeds success which also allows players to enjoy themselves while doing so.
Most importunately, whatever Maddon is doing with Cubs — as was the case during his tenure with the Rays for the most part — it’s working and paying huge dividends.