Joe Maddon reveals chocolate milk, classified ads among learning tools in David Axelrod interview – Chicago Tribune

Part of Joe Maddon’s education involved cleaning blackboards and distributing chocolate milk to fellow parochial school students as part of his lesson in accountability.

Maddon shared his upbringing in Hazleton, Penn., and management style with the Chicago Cubs in a podcast with David Axelrod on the “Axe Files.”

The interview was conducted last week in Mesa, Ariz., and Maddon also disclosed a lesson on how not to handle a situation in which he was upset with his players at Double-A Midland in the mid-1980s.

Maddon revealed his emotions took over instead of trying to fix the problem. Maddon bought several newspapers from around the countries, took the classified ad section and placed them all over the clubhouse — even in the bathrooms.

Maddon told his players that they should read the ads for potential employment if they didn’t start playing better.

The move, according to Maddon, was probably the worst thing anyone has done.

Listen to the full interview below.

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