Inside Joe Maddon’s infamous World Series bullpen decision

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from the book “Try Not to Suck: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon” by Jesse Rogers and Bill Chastain.

“Yeah, it was all me,” Maddon said. “I had it in my head. When I put Chappy [Chapman] in the game to begin with, first of all, it was against Lindor, and I thought there’s no other way to do this because if they get back in it — I’ve had bad games in Cleveland before — we had to put him in there.

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The Mariners announced earlier Monday that outfielder Ben Gamel will miss four to six weeks with an oblique injury, jeopardizing his availability for Opening Day and opening a potential roster spot for the 44-year-old Ichiro.

Ichiro’s deal with Seattle could be completed as early as Monday, the source told Crasnick.

Gamel is added to a growing list of ailments for the Mariners, who already have seen first baseman Ryon Healy (hand), outfielder Mitch Haniger (hand) and pitcher Felix Hernandez (bruised forearm) slowed by injuries during spring training. Outfielder Guillermo Heredia is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, leaving Seattle thin at the position.

Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star during his 11-plus years with the Mariners from 2001 to 2012. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in batting average (.322) and hits (2,533).

The Mariners have not reached the postseason since Ichiro’s historic rookie season in 2001, when he was both the American League MVP and Rookie of the Year while leading Seattle to a league-record 116 wins in the regular season.

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