Krukow Rips ‘arrogant' Maddon for ‘over-managing' in World Series

The Cubs outlasted the Indians in Game 7 of the World Series to win the franchise's first championsip since 1908.

Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow offered his thoughts on Thursday morning.

"The Cubs won this thing despite over-managing from Joe Maddon. It was awful. It was awful," Krukow said on KNBR 680. "It was the arrogance that he was trying to put his signature on what was gonna happen. And it happened despite taking out Hendricks early, taking out Lester early, putting in Chapman when he was tired.

"And the bunt with 3-2? You're gonna be smarter than the game? I was so outraged at what I was watching ... look, he's done a great job, granted. I mean come on. He's done a great job. He was the guy that kept them going down three games to one ... but at some point in time, you cannot be arrogant enough to think that you have to put your signature on the game.

"And to me, that's what he was doing. It didn't make sense. He was not reading the room. He was not managing this game as it should have been managed. I just wanted to slap the guy. As it turned out, they won despite him, despite his over-managing. And it'll be forgotten by a lot of people, but it won't be forgotten by me and a lot of people."

Krukow was drafted by the Cubs in the eighth round of the 1973 draft.

He played for Chicago from 1976 to 1981.

Although he was frustrated by many of Maddon's decisions, Krukow did praise the Cubs' manager as well.

"Hats off to a lot of things that this guy has done," Krukow added. "I don't want to diminish what Joe Maddon has done. He's been brilliant keeping this team focused through all the success they've had -- success can be just as much a distraction as failure -- and he's been remarkable, and it's probably gonna put him in the Hall of Fame what he did here.

"And certainly he'll be remembered forever in Chicago if he doesn't win another game. But it bothered me that he over-managed it."

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