The Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon has a knack for the catchy slogans he comes up with. But while they’re great on a t-shirt, they go much deeper for his players. This year’s new ones are no exception.
The Chicago Cubs took their “Try not to suck” and “Embrace the target” all the way to the 2016 World Series. With a shorter offseason, Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon had less time to come up with some new ones for this season. But using his team as the inspiration made things a whole lot simpler. With “Be uncomfortable” as one of the slogans, the Cubs are aware they can’t rest as the 2017 season gets underway.
Javier Baez seemed to be the odd man out when the Cubs acquired Ben Zobrist prior to the 2016 season. But his bat–and more so his defense–helped him find regular time in the lineup. He parlayed that into a co-NLCS MVP with Jon Lester. So avoiding the word “breakout” for this season, what can we expect from the Cubs’ confident young infielder?
Cubs skipper Joe Maddon hinted that Kyle Schwarber could see some time behind the plate this spring. But then again, most of his at-bats would come in the outfield. It appears the Cubs will continue to get Schwarber time behind the plate as long as he is cleared by doctors to do so. His ability to catch will allow the Cubs more versatility late in games.
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