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CttP #3: Justin Verlander Trade, Joe Maddon is a bad manager

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Welcome to the third episode of the Call to the Pen flagship podcast! New episodes Monday and Wednesday.

In today’s episode, host and Call to the Pen contributor Jonathan Platek discusses the possibility of a Justin Verlander trade, with the Houston Astros as a possible partner. He also discusses an article from Call to the Pen contributor David Hill about the Brewers moving reliever Josh Hader into the rotation.


Jon also discusses the various managing failures of Cubs manager Joe Maddon, detailing the manager’s woes in 2016, the 2016 postseason as a whole, the 2016 World Series in particular, and his ongoing frustrating and poor decisions in 2017. Jon breaks down exactly why the Cubs lost to the Nationals on Sunday, placing blame for the loss directly at the feet of Maddon.

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