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 Posted: Mon May 15th, 2017 04:18 am
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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon established pretty clearly that he's not a fan of Major League Baseball's slide rules after Saturday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, insisting the rules don't actually protect fielders and don't belong in the game.

Ever the jokester, Maddon took things further and came up with a few sarcastic proposals to further baseball's safety precautions, according to the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales.

"I think we should consider now eliminating the head-first slide to protect baserunners," Maddon said. "That is really a dangerous slide. To head-first slide you can hurt your hand, and your eye can be poked out. All different things can occur on a head-first slide.

"I also believe, you saw (Chris) Iannetta get hit in the mouth the other day on a pitch. I think the facemask should be mandatory for all hitters, and pitchers have been hit in head with line drives several times. Pitchers should be forced now to wear helmets."

Maddon didn't stop there. He said cages should be installed to protect batters in the on-deck circle, and landed on a novel idea to ensure future generations aren't put at risk:

"Finally, when I coached third in the minor leagues, I always wore a cup. I always was concerned. So I think there needs to be a cup check for players around the field in order to prevent the loss of future families."

Maddon didn't go so far as to suggest players be issued full-body bubble wrap, or to switch out baseballs for tennis balls, but should the Cubs be on the losing end of another interference call, who knows what extreme measures he'll come up with.