Joe Maddon on split doubleheaders: ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea’
The Chicago Cubs will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split doubleheader on Tuesday at Wrigley Field after Monday’s postponement due to bad weather and a ballpark lighting issue. The first pitch of the front half of the doubleheader came at 12:00 local time with the second game set to start at 7:05.
Cubs skipper Joe Maddon made it abundantly clear before the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader that he is no fan of the split setup.
“My only complaint is the split doubleheader,” Maddon said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I don’t like it. I don’t think it’s a good idea. To be here for a noon game and then a 7 o’clock game, that’s wrong. I don’t think there’s one player, manager, coach who thinks it’s a good idea.”
Maddon, however, is not against a more traditional approach to doubleheaders.
“I’m not opposed to the doubleheader, but just play it concurrently,” Maddon said. “That gives the body a break. That permits us to have a more reasonable day, whereas guys are going to be here from 9 a.m. to probably midnight with the day game (Wednesday).
“I’m not crying. It’s just true. So it works for both sides. The Dodgers have to do the same thing. I’m not just talking about us. I’d just prefer a different method over the split doubleheader to appease when the game was rained out like it was last night.”
The benefit for home teams by splitting up a doubleheader is how the ballpark can be cleared between games, thereby being allowed to pocket gate receipts for both games instead of just one.
That said, perhaps Major League Baseball ought to examine having traditional doubleheaders scheduled from time to time. Although that will unlikely come to fruition given the financial benefits of splitting the games up, despite Maddon’s misgivings on that setup.