Cubs manager Joe Maddon: Specialization of youth sports ‘obnoxious’ – Chicago Tribune

Joe Maddon expressed his displeasure with travel ball during his first spring training as Cubs manager in 2015.

And Maddon wasn’t shy Tuesday about expressing his thoughts on children directed toward concentrating on one sport.

“Specialization, especially at an early age, is obnoxious to me,” Maddon said.

As a youngster in Hazleton, Penn., Maddon played three sports in high school but gave up on basketball because of shin splints during his junior season. Maddon was talented enough to play football and baseball at Lafayette College before concentrating solely on baseball.