Specifically, Maddon is not a fan of the three-batter minimum that will take effect beginning in 2020.
Chicago #Cubs manager Joe Maddon also is against the idea of three-batter minimum for pitchers: :"Strategy should not be impacted by rules.''— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 14, 2019
Maddon hates this rule because he doesn't want the strategy of the game to be impacted by a rule change. While this rule should speed things up in the latter innings, Maddon still wants to be able to have that lefty specialist he can deploy and then take out immediately, if he so chooses.
After all, why must a manager be neutered by the rule book?
Joe Maddon reiterated his stance on the 3 batter minimum. He doesn’t like it. Says anything that impacts strategy is a non-starter for him.— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 14, 2019
I guess what he doesn't want to come to terms with is there's still risk and strategy involved with this rule. I mean, now managers have to think about putting in a reliever who can get more than one hitter out, and it might take going through a batter you would otherwise not want him to face.
It also could force a manager to stick with his starting pitcher longer, which isn't a bad thing.
Let's get to 2020 before we crucify the rulebook, shall we?