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Discussion in 'Pro Sports' started by ISUCubswin, Sep 29, 2019.
Jesus. No wonder why most of the young corps has regressed
This legit pisses me off and it’s a worse look on the players than the manager that allowed it, because most of those players are still Cubs. Where is the leadership from a locker room supposedly full of veterans? Rizzo and Lester now need to be asked some tough questions.
I think it's kind of premature to assume Ross is going to hold his buddies any more accountable but we will see. Maybe this means the front office might be more hands on and Ross is more of a yes man than maddon.
Maddon was anti-practice, pro-do whatever you want, live your life, brother. Sure, our veteran leaders could've stepped in, but keep in mind Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Contreras, Baez all became winners under Maddon, so they weren't really trained to become guys who hold teammates accountable.
Rizzo and Bryant are both on record in 2016 saying they loved Ross but were afraid of doing something wrong because he'd jump on their asses.
I'm not worried about accountability being an issue with Ross; I'm confident guys will play hard for him.
I can't find the video or link anymore but someone did a feature on Ross that he was the silent ******* in the dugout. Guys loved him but when they messed up they did everything to avoid him because he would tell them like it was.
I hope Ross holds guys accountable and pushes them to be the best they can be. They didn't add much to the roster in the offseason so any chance to compete will be to overachieve and develop the talent they have.
I do think it's interesting that if you are wanting to go away from the laid back atmosphere you hire David Ross, who has played with half the guys on this roster. Doesn't exactly strike me as a real task-master.
I'm hopeful this is the case. I saw something the other day about him telling KB not to call him Coach which I thought was a little odd.
And yet the one who actually said the quote developed into an MVP candidate.
My fear is that Ross tries overly hard to prove that he’s not their friend and that he will hold them accountable no matter what that we only get to about the middle of June before we start getting the anonymous quotes that the players are getting sick of Ross’ hard ass managerial style.
Here comes Maddon's White Knight
Interesting. Not like they really have anyone on the roster perfect for the spot regardless. Rizzo and Bryant have basically had to bat in less than ideal spots either at leadoff or 2nd because the Cubs can't seem to get people on base ahead of them consistently which has forced Rizzo to hit there at times too. Curious who bats 2nd then because I would assume Rizzo and Javy are your 3 and 4 hitters with Contreras and Schwarber hitting 5th or 6th. To me Heyward has been at his best when hit bats in that 5-7 range and his splits show he is much better hitter there although over the past 3 years he has hit .313 with OBP of .349 and OPS of .809 in the 2 spot. He's had way more AB in the 6/7 spot with probably best sample size of consistency coming batting 6th.
Here's a good read on it too:
So let's spitball with the batting order given this idea:
2. ? whoever plays 2B or Contreras maybe?
Gotta figure Happ, Almora, and Souza will be platooning the 3rd OF spot so the days Happ plays he probably bats 2nd. 2B is a big ? because I would guess Hoerner possibly starts the season in AAA and you have a glut of players battling it out for a roster spot that can play 2B too so that is another likely platoon position without a major signing or trade just like the 3rd OF spot currently is too.
KB - 3B
Rizzo - 1B
Javy - SS
Schwarber - LF
Contreas - C
Heyward - RF
Happ - CF
Bote - 2B
If the Cubs refuse to spend money, KB is the best option at lead off. Still a lot of potential holes at RF, CF, and 2B though
Can't wait to watch KB hit 30 homers with no one on base... Alfonso Soriano 2.0... Until this team finds a high on-base guy to leadoff, we have a very low ceiling on offense.
PSA: For those of you who have mediacom and were wondering about the Marquee Sports Network, I called mediacom and they said no additional purchase is required and that the channel should appear on your cable listings this weekend. Probably channel 668 or 768.
I also saw that they just signed a deal with Hulu so you will be able to watch with Hulu LIve.
Still no deal with Dish Network as far as I know so guess I'm out of luck for now. I didn't watch as much as I did in 2016 the past couple seasons so may not miss it too much anyways. Eventually I think Dish will have no choice but to carry it because a lot of their competitors are.