Chicago Cubs News: Cody Bellinger talks up vibe surrounding team
Part of the goal for the Chicago Cubs this offseason was to restore respectability to the organization's Major League product and that led to the team spending over $300 in Major league Baseball free agency.
The Cubs have brought in veterans such as center fielder Cody Bellinger, first baseman Eric Hosmer, designated hitter Trey Mancini, and catcher Tucker Barnhart this offseason in an effort to raise the team's floor of expectations.
Bellinger was a guest on 670 The Score's "Inside The Clubhouse" this weekend and spoke to the vibes emanating from the team in Spring Training.
"“I couldn’t be more excited,” Bellinger said on Inside the Clubhouse on 670 The Score on Saturday. “I know that’s what everybody says and it’s kind of the cliché thing, but I really mean it, man. I think that the energy and the vibe in here is amazing. And I think as the days go on, we’re all playing together more and we’re practicing together more and we’re just hanging out and bantering. I think we have such a solid group of guys in this locker room that there’s just going to be good baseball. In my opinion, I just think there’s going to be great baseball played. And that’s fun, just going out there every single day with your guys and your brothers and having each other’s backs and just playing the game of baseball. And I think that’s what we’re going to be doing really well this year.”"- Cody Bellinger via 670 The Score
Bellinger has 3 hits through his first 11 at-bats in Spring Training this year and has expressed confidence in his ability to regain the form that allowed him to win National League MVP honors in 2019. Perhaps, most encouraging, is that Bellinger appears to have an approach that is similar to the one he had during his MVP season.
Whether or not Bellinger finds the success that he had in 2019 again, there is no doubt that he appears to benefiting from the change of scenery. For the first time in his career, Bellinger is playing for an organization other than the Los Angeles Dodgers and he appears to have found comfortability with the Cubs having other players on the team that had success in the past during their respective careers but are looking for a fresh start.
There is definitely a new vibe to the Cubs as they head into 2023 and that should, at the very least, make them relevant this season. That could not be said for the Major League team last season as they fielded an Opening Day roster of mostly minor-league journeymen.