Chicago Cubs: For Kris Bryant, leadership is key in 2019

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs warms up on deck during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 18, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs warms up on deck during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 18, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Cubs: Leading with intention

It is no secret that the club was challenged throughout the entirety of the 2018 season. From the off-field struggles to the loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on the final day of the season, culminating with the extra-inning Wild Card loss, it was not a fun way to finish. However, the team did still win 95 games and ended with a fourth straight playoff appearance.

While the struggles Bryant sustained were by no means his fault, as injuries happen, how the response is tailored will speak volumes of how both Bryant and the Cubs can rebind in a significant way for 2019. Just a couple days ago, the MLB.com Cubs reporter Jordan Bastian reported on Kris Bryant and the connection to Harper and the ongoing free agency saga plaguing the offseason.

Breaking this down, it is easy to understand where Bryant is coming from. Bryant stating the Cubs have a “killer team” without major additions is true, when the team is firing on all cylinders. It has not been the case. However, despite the success, the team found last year. Inner turmoil with both off-field issues and first office quarrels have created a strange feeling in the clubhouse. Now, however, Bryant has the opportunity to back his word up, and we should stake that belief wholeheartedly on his return to prominence.

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