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Nats closer Sean Doolittle takes jab at Cubs manager Joe Maddon over protest

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle jabbed Joe Maddon after the Cubs manager filed a protest following Saturday’s game.

Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save in Washington's 5-2 victory over. Maddon came out twice during the ninth inning to complain about a toe tap the closer does during his delivery.

Maddon justified his protest, saying his reliever, Carl Edwards Jr., was told during spring training that he couldn’t do a similar toe tap. His argument is that if his guy can’t do it, why should another pitcher?

Doolittle thought something else was up. He thought Maddon was trying to throw him off and prove “how smart he is.”

Maddon has long been viewed as an outside-the-box thinker, which is why Doolittle was taking a shot at him over his intellectual ability. Maybe the protest wasn’t so much about Doolittle as pointing out hypocrisy in the rules.


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