Maddon responds to Fowler haters: "I love Dexter"


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It's been a very difficult season for Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler as he been the brunt of constant ridicule for his career-low .171 batting average.

Cardinals executive John Mozeliak threw Fowler under the bus in a recent Fox Sports interview.

"It's been a frustrating year for everybody involved," Mozeliak said. "Here's a guy who wants to go out and play well. I think he would tell you it's hard to do that when you're not playing on a consistent basis. But I've also had a lot of people come up to me and question his effort and his energy level. You know, those are things that I can't defend."

I love Dexter," Maddon said Tuesday to the media. "He is effervescent. He is gregarious. He always lit up the room when he walked in. That is how I see Dex. He and I had great conversations all the time. I don't have any idea what is going on there in St. Louis. I just know my personal relationship with him is outstanding."

Maddon was asked how he would handle the situation with Fowler's performance.

"That's up to those guys, not to me," he said. "That is St. Louis, not me."

For the season, Fowler is batting .171 with five homers and 20 RBI.


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