Chicago Cubs News: Nico Hoerner snubbed, Bellinger on shift, and more
MLB Network's weekly television show, MLB Now, has been running a feature this month where they rank the top players at each position as they head into the 2023 season and the latest installment featured the league's best second baseman.
The list is missing one Nico Hoerner of the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps, the thinking in regard to Hoerner was that he was a shortstop last season so they want to see him have an entire season at second base before he appears on the list. However, the thinking would be flawed, considering that Hoerner was a Gold Glove finalist at the second base position in 2019. There is no question that Hoerner, entering the 2023 season, should be ranked higher at the second base position than the likes of Kolten Wong or Brendan Donovan. Assuming Hoerner has another season where he remains healthy, then there is no question that he will appear on this list next off-season.
Cody Bellinger speaks on the Major League Baseball shift restrictions.
There is no question that shift restrictions should lead to an increase in batting average for most left-handed pull hitters but the shortstop will be able to play closer to the middle of the field as long as he remains to the left of second base. When Bellinger was successful in 2019, it was due to his ability to place the ball in all areas of the field. If he can find those mechanics again, there is no question that he should see some improvement in 2023.
Chicago Cubs' players name their favorite baseball movies.
Of course, this list is subjective but just know that the correct answer is either "Major League" or "The Sandlot".
Eric Hosmer on what he brings to the Chicago Cubs.
The Hosmer signing has been met with mixed reviews but by all accounts, he is a good presence within a Major League clubhouse. As the Cubs shift the focus from rebuilding toward winning at the Major League level, Hosmer may be an important voice to have on the team.