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Dylan Hernandez: Maddon's bullpen call is costly

LOS ANGELES - If the Chicago Cubs are America's cuddly little team, then Joe Maddon is America's cuddly little manager, an affable baseball lifer who is well-read and has a wide range of interests that extend far beyond the foul lines.

Well, sorry, America, but your man blew it.

And to think it was because Maddon couldn't shake tradition, a somewhat unexpected turn of events considering this was the same renaissance man who changed how

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