Chicago Cubs: Nothing but appreciation for the veteran
Though he hasn’t hit for much power lately, he still could have some value as a high average hitter with versatility on defense. And as we’ve seen, his veteran presence provides a positive impact in the clubhouse. All this being said, given the team’s situation and how much salary it would likely take to keep Zobrist, he simply might not be a good fit on this roster in 2020 and beyond.
But this is no time to mope when we reflect on Zobrist’s four-year tenure with the Cubs. Overall, it was an amazing time, as he was a big part of the Cubs’ 2016 championship season as well as their two other playoff teams in 2017 and 2018.
I’ll remember all his big at-bats, and I’ll especially remember watching him cheering from the dugout as the Cubs rallied in big situations. He was always among the most visible and vocal supporters of his teammates.
There’s a small chance that this isn’t the end, but if indeed it is, we Cubs fans have a lot to be grateful for regarding Ben Zobrist. I hope that his tenure is remembered for all the good that happened instead of how it is ending. Given his status with Cubs fans everywhere, I am optimistic that it will be.