Maddon Admits He Went 'Too Far' In With Ump

Gabe Morales ejected Joe Maddon late in the Cubs' loss to the Brewers on Monday.

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September 04, 2018 - 1:18 pm
Cubs manager Joe Maddon argues with umpire David Rackley after being ejected.

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(670 The Score) Cubs manager Joe Maddon admitted he went "too far" in an argument with home plate umpire Gabe Morales after being ejected in the eighth inning of an eventual 4-3 loss to the Brewers on Monday afternoon, and Maddon has since passed an apologetic message through league channels and then publicly in an interview on the Bernstein & McKnight Show on Tuesday afternoon.

Maddon was ejected for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout as the Brewers rallied in the eighth inning, then took to the field to keep expressing more anger. He later texted MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre with an apology for Morales.

"I went too far, and I actually did text Mr. Torre last night and told him that I wanted to apologize to Gabe because I did go go over the top -- that he was right and I was wrong and that I probably should've gotten out of that argument sooner," Maddon said. 

It was the second time in Maddon's career that he reached out proactively so quickly to let the league know he wanted to apologize for his actions amid an ejection, he said.

"When I think I've gone too far, I try to be proactive and let them know that I screwed up," Maddon said. "And I thought I did yesterday. Retrospectively, I didn't like what I did and how I did it. So I'm not just going to wait for the letter. And there are times I'll just wait for the letter because I knew I reacted properly. So yesterday I thought I was improper, so I wanted Mr. Torre to know that in advance."

Maddon went on to call Morales "a young umpire" who's "really good."

"I don't want my diatribe yesterday to impact how he feels about himself," Maddon said. "Our game needs good umpires, and he can be very good."

Maddon completely rejected the notion that he may have a strained relationship with umpires after being ejected on multiple occasions this season.

"I actually have a great relationship with the umpires," Maddon said. "Last night was just one of those moments that I was defending my pitcher. Any time I get ejected, I'm always talking to these guys the very next day. I support the umpires probably as much as anybody and for years have talked about the great job that they've done. I've got a great relationship with Mr. Torre. Just because I've gotten ejected a couple times recently doesn't mean I have a bad (relationship). He did what he was supposed to do last night. Gabe was supposed to throw me out last night. He did what he was supposed to do. That's just the way the game plays. But to start trying to indicate that there's some kind of issue there, it's not true at all."