Chicago Cubs News: Davis working with Heyward; Cubs need Lester
The Chicago Cubs new hitting coach Chili Davis is already hard at work with Jason Heyward, trying to change his approach, more so than his swing. And the Cubs need an improved Jon Lester this season to compete for more than the division.
When the Chicago Cubs hired Chili Davis, they brought in a hitter with a successful track record to guide the team. No surprise, but Davis has already started working with a few of the guys. Most notably, Jason Heyward. For Davis, the goal will be to change Heyward’s approach at the plate, not his swing. He’s not looking to start from the ground up, but to build on the improvement Heyward made last year.
The Cubs’ Jon Lester‘s return to form would be an added plus for this team in 2018. Lester had a down year but still managed to win 13 games last season. If he can bounceback and put up numbers closer to his career figures, it would be as if the Cubs got another big signing this winter. Lester is somewhat of the “forgotten man” in the rotation, as his days of being an ace might be behind him. But then again, don’t tell Lester that.
At the Cubs Convention this weekend, Tom Ricketts spoke about players from the Sammy Sosa era needing to come clean and put it all on the table. While he didn’t specifically mention Sosa by name, it wasn’t hard to draw conclusions that he was referring to him. It appears that until Sosa is able to admit to what he did, the team isn’t going to fully welcome him back into the organization.
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‘Davis and Heyward already putting in work together’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Lester’s impact an added push for 2018’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Ricketts wants Sosa to come clean’– Cubbies Crib
‘Confident Pham targets a 30-30 season in ’18’ – MLB.com
‘How is leadership valued in FA? It’s not’ – ESPN
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