There are many reasons I like Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon and think he's one of the absolute best managers in the game -- but two of the biggest are his original thinking and his willingness to speak his mind, even if it's a little controversial.
"I'm all for stealing a third-base coach's signs or if a manager is not hiding his signs to whomever or if a catcher goes out, whatever, those signs are there to be stolen," Maddon said. "That's part of the game. Utiliziing technology to do that I think is inappropriate. … That's bad form, I don't agree with that. I love a good sign-stealer, that's my kind of guy. … The other stuff is purely cheating and definitely does not have a part in the game."
One of the many beauties of baseball is the fine line between gamesmanship and cheating -- and Maddon's right, sign stealing can be on either side. For the record, Maddon said he didn't think the Jays were using binoculars or electronic devices to steal signs -- "We have not thought [that] this year," Maddon said.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.