Former Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist discusses his future plans

Ben Zobrist - Chicago Cubs (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Ben Zobrist - Chicago Cubs (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

Former Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist said that he does not plan to play in 2020, and may have confirmed his retirement

The Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist surprised his former teammates by accepting skipper David Ross’ invitation to spring training camp in Mesa last week. While this gave fans hope that Zobrist could be back with the team, Ross made it crystal clear that this was not the case.

Beginning his managerial career with the Cubs this season, Ross had lots of changes to make, including filling the hole Zobrist left at second. With options such as Jason Kipnis, Daniel Descalso and Robel Garcia ready to take on second base, the provided depth shows this isn’t a huge issue after all.

Interestingly enough, Zobrist did not retire after last season and the conclusion of his four-year deal with the team as many expected. Though the 38-year-old did not officially announce his retirement himself, according to WROK News Talk 440, there are reports that he did retire. Before this news was announced, Zobrist did confirm that he did not plan to play in 2020, and he wants to spend his time focused on his family.

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Zobrist’s attention to family was evident during the 2019 season. Zobrist spent four months of the 2019 season, which is a majority of the season on the restricted list to deal with issues pertaining to his divorce. Upon his return in September, Zobrist showed that he still has what it takes to keep playing. Zobrist, 38, ended the season slashing .260/.358/.313. Specifically, in September, Zobrist appeared in 21 games, batting .284 with a .377 OBP.

During his time at camp, Zobrist spent his time with the likes of John Lackey and the rest of Cubs’ pitching staff, including fellow 2016 World Series Champion Jon Lester. The addition of yet another World Series Champion at camp only boosts the morale of the clubhouse and brings immense leadership qualities that could only help this team looking forward.

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The fact that the utilityman did hangout at camp all week made it clear that he wants to be a part of the Chicago Cubs organization one way or another. It would not surprise me if Zobrist made appearances with the team at home in Chicago as well. I hope the Cubs’ see more of Zobrist this upcoming season.