Joe Maddon no fan of Cubs losing day off during 2018 All-Star break

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Add manager Joe Maddon to the list of Cubs disgruntled over their selection to participate in the 'spotlight' game just

Add manager to the list of disgruntled over their selection to participate in the "spotlight" game on Thursday, July 19, 2018 — two days after the .

"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 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," 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 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: 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 headed to do some big things over there. Last year, watching that World Series was very exciting.

"All three (minor league) teams I was with — Boise, Kane County and Daytona — all helped get me to where I am now. I thank them for that.

"It's a great opportunity I was given here, and they gave me the chance to do something in the big leagues."

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