Chicago Cubs need Nico Hoerner as everyday second baseman
While the Chicago Cubs have several veteran options at second base, Nico Hoerner needs to be the guy slotted there every day.
As a parent, it’s hard to hand the keys to a young, inexperienced kid. You’re wondering if they’re ready if they’ll obey traffic laws if they are safe. On the one hand, you’ve raised them well, you know they’re ready, and there will always be the first day no matter how long you put it off- but it still doesn’t make it any easier to do.
Now, just imagine handing over the keys to a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or even a Shelby Mustang. Heck, maybe it’s also the keys to Eleanor you have to hand over if you’re talking about Nick Cage’s offspring.
That’s the spot new Chicago Cubs skipper David Ross is in with Nico Hoerner. Ross has to try his best to run a big-league club amid a world pandemic and make decisions that are best for the club- not just the development of one guy. Everyone knows that Hoerner is the guy going forward and will probably be a pretty decent ballplayer at the very least, if not something more than suitable down the road.
The thing is, skip/dad- he’s the guy now. Give him the keys.
With a short season where every game matters that much more, Hoerner’s mere presence on the big league squad (not to mention the fact that he made the Opening Day start at the keystone for the Cubs) should be enough of an indication that the guy needs to play as much as possible.