“I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Maddon said. “I’ll say that.”
According to a rough draft of the 2018 schedule, the Cubs will host the Cardinals in a game that replaces the Sunday night baseball game prior to the All-Star break. The game will be the only one scheduled for the Thursday after the All-Star Game, and teams can appear only once in the “spotlight” game during the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which runs through 2021.
“I think it’s brutal,” Anthony Rizzo told the Tribune on Friday. “I think it’s awful.”
Ben Zobrist, Maddon and Rizzo said the Cubs benefited from the four-day break in July after four Sunday night games in the first half and a short offseason caused by their postseason run.
Travel demands are another consideration. The Cubs wouldn’t reveal where they finish the first half, but a National League source confirmed they will finish the first half at San Diego. So those Cubs chosen to play in the All-Star Game in Washington would fly cross-country to take part in the festivities, then quickly return to Chicago.
“I just like the idea of four consecutive days off,” Maddon said. “You saw what it did for us this year.”
Grateful Godley: Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Godley played with Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr. and Carl Edwards Jr. in the Cubs’ minor-league system in 2013-14.
Godley, who faces the Cubs on Sunday, is grateful for his experiences with his former organization and the Diamondbacks. He is 5-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 16 starts this season.
“You can’t look at a team any differently,” said Godley, 27, who pitched six scoreless innings to beat the Cubs and Jake Arrieta on Aug. 2. “I thought once (President) Theo Epstein took over there, they would be…