Chicago Cubs: Top 3 excuses that won’t work in 60-games

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Chicago Cubs: It’s a different kind of season

Every team playing this 60-game season has the same opportunity to win or lose. While MLB has added a couple of little flares to the game to keep it moving and exciting, on the whole – it’s still the same baseball game we’ve enjoyed for years.

I like to say, the cake is the same with a few extra ingredients and comes in a new box or package. That’s how I see this upcoming season, the box is the 60-game short season, and everything else is essentially the same.

If the game hasn’t changed significantly (with new rules), then that doesn’t leave a lot of room for complaining by players or coaches or anyone that this season is too different.  We expect our Cubs players to go out and perform as they always have, and Cubs fans still hope their players to bring their ‘A’ game to the field.

If there is any truth to 2020 being classified as a different kind of season, it’s the fact that MLB has had at least 100 days off, and that could affect the conditioning of the players and their performances. Throughout this time off, many have been good about letting the media take a peek at how they were staying in shape.

Cubs pitchers created artificial mobile mounds that they could take anywhere to practice. Other Cubs players just polished off the home workout space and got their workouts right in their backyards. Still, others took their skills to a digital platform and indulged in competition with other MLB players in the video game, The Show. Cubs outfielder Ian Happ gave fans a treat as his game on the show was televised so fans could watch the whole game.

MLB players are not making excuses for this season yet, but once games start rolling and that 60-game season starts producing precise numbers of who is ready and who is not – expect this excuse to be on the lips of everyone from the President of Chicago Cubs baseball operations to the coaches and players.

There’s one excuse that just won’t get any sympathy from players or fans when baseball resumes, but I’m sure someone will use it.