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Cobb Loves Him Some Maddon and Hickey, Will ‘Hopefully Come to a Deal’

Is there a more obvious connection this winter than Alex Cub, er, Cobb and the defending NL Central champs? Cobb has spent his entire career in Tampa, where he played for both Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey to varying degrees over the past several years. And he hasn’t been shy about the idea of doing so for several more years.

“I don’t hide the fact that I’ve got the most respect for Joe Maddon and what he did for me coming up as a player,” Cobb told MLB Network Radio on Friday. “Not so much as a pitcher on the mound, but as a professional athlete and a professional baseball player, and how to deal with the mental side of the game. And how to deal with the stresses that come with a big-league lifestyle.”

Okay, that’s cool, but it could just be professional courtesy. Unless there was some kind of highly public fallout, and maybe even in that case, a player is almost always going to speak well of a former manager. Once Cobb began to discuss Hickey and a potential reunion, though, he eschewed all innuendo and any trace of doubt as to his intentions.

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Source:: Cubs Insider

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