Former free agent bust takes a shot at the Chicago Cubs starting lineup

Eric Hosmer has 420 jokes about the Chicago Cubs starting lineup.
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The Chicago Cubs play two games against the Miami Marlins on Saturday as part of a day-night doubleheader and the Cubs' starting lineup for Game 1 is a reflection of Craig Counsell wanting to ensure some of the team's regular starters are fresh for the nightcap.

Notably, Cody Bellinger is not in the team's starting lineup for the day game. Considering the Cubs are facing a left-hander, there was some surprise over not seeing Bellinger's name penciled into the starting nine but that likely won't be the case for the night game.

That did not stop former Chicago Cubs free agent bust Eric Hosmer from poking fun at the team's starting lineup.

Of course, April 20 is a recreational holiday across the country for many who choose to partake, and Hosmer was making light of the fact that Bellinger, given the reputation that surrounds his personality, is not in the lineup.

Eric Hosmer has jokes about the Chicago Cubs' starting lineup.

One thing that Cubs fans certainly don't like is a starting first baseman with a wRC+ of 67. That was the case for Hosmer last season after he signed a one-year deal with the Cubs prior to the start of the 2023 season. Hosmer slashed .234/.280/.330 in 100 plate appearances with the Cubs before he was designated for assignment.

Hosmer could prove to be the last flier that the Cubs have taken at the first base position before finding a long-term answer. Michael Busch, acquired in an offseason trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is off to an excellent start to the season by already being recognized as one of the most impactful rookies playing this season. Busch's arrival could put an end to the misery that Cubs fans had in watching washed-up veterans such as Hosmer take meaningful plate appearances while playing first base.