Maddon on his ejection: "Obviously a horrific call"

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Jim Young - USA Today Sports
Jim Young - USA Today Sports

Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses Willson Contreras being called out of the basepath in the seventh inning, leading to his ejection.

"That could've changed the outcome of the whole game," Maddon said. "We fought through it. But for me, you make that much of an errant throw and you get rewarded for it? There's something wrong with that method. Something needs to be changed. Something needs to be spoken about.

"And I'm not the first guy that's walked down this path. I know that. But that was obviously a horrific call and I wanted him to know that at some point, I think you have to exercise judgment. Just like umpires have to exercise judgment on whether a guy is throwing at somebody intentionally or not.

There's that part of the game that needs to be dealt with tactfully and rightfully. So regardless of if he's inside the line or not, that throw was so far off, it had nothing to do with the baserunner, to me. If the throw was in fair territory, then go ahead, make the call. When it's egregiously a bad throw that far in foul territory, play the game."

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