The baseball world is blowing up over the simple subject of whether players’ children should be allowed inside the clubhouse, and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon laid down the rules for his team loud and clear earlier today.
Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago posted Maddon’s stance on the issue on Twitter.
Maddon met with #Cubs players to set dress code (“If you think you look hot, wear it") and kids-in-clubhouse rule (out 3 hours before game).
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) March 20, 2016
The latest drama over kids in the club house stems from former Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche, who abruptly retired last week and left $13 million on the table simply because team management asked him to curb the time that his 14-year-old son spent in the clubhouse. The issue led to outcry from the rest of the White Sox players, though LaRoche has since stayed retired.
But Maddon’s rule is a good precedent for other teams to set. Let’s say that a team has a 7 p.m. game. By 4 p.m., it’ll be time to start getting dressed, take batting practice, do some drills on the field, etc. By that point, players’ children could become a distraction.
Look at it this way. When children play recreational sports, be it for their school or in a weekend league, parents are discouraged from being overly involved, right? Some become a distraction. Thus, what’s wrong with holding professional athletes’ children to the same standard?
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