"Listen, I always want us to beat the other team with their best team on the field," Maddon said. "I mean that sincerely. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer whenever that opportunity arises. I really love the way he plays the game. Here's one of the superstars that really, for me, has always run hard to first base. And that's been my No. 1 sticking point among our guys.
"He plays the game properly; he always has. I know they're doing OK right now, but I know they're going to miss him long-term because of what he brings beyond what he does on the field."
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.