Maddon not a maple fan

MIKE RUTSEY, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:00 PM ET

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon is no fan of maple bats and even less so after his young “ace” David Price received a cut in his right hand by a jagged broken barrel Wednesday in a game against Boston.

“The maple bat is turning into the Claymore mine of baseball,” the colourful Maddon said. “I don’t like it. If we’re going to wait for somebody to acually get killed or impaled, we’re going to wait way too long.”

He still didn’t think much of the controversial bats on Thursday but wouldn’t ban them from use by his own team.

“I have nothing to do with that (banning them),” Maddon said. “I don’t think that’s being hypocritical at all. I can disagree (with players who use them) but I can’t ban them. I’m not a legislator in that regard. So no, I would not do that (ban them).

“Again, it’s accepted within all of Major League Baseball but as of now I think it needs to be reconsidered. I think it’s appropriate for me to comment about it. But I really believe that something will be done (to ban them).”

mike.rutsey@sunmedia.ca


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