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Friday, March 01, 2019

Cubs have found a winning formula for Ben Zobrist

The Cubs believe they’ve found the right mix to getting the most bang for their buck out of Ben Zobrist.

The aging veteran is extremely valuable to the team given his positional flexibility, switch-hitting ability and polished plate approach, but the Cubs learned the hard way in 2017 that Zobrist needs rest to keep him healthy and spry throughout the long, grueling season.

Zobrist played in 128 games in 2017 but was plagued by a wrist injury for most of the year, hitting only .232 with a .693 OPS. But he returned to finish second on the 2018 Cubs in position-player WAR (Baseball Reference) behind only MVP runner-up Javy Baez.

*Considers going with either a Panama Lewis or a David Ortiz reference; realizes that either one could get him in a world of trouble here*

 

QLE Posted: March 01, 2019 at 06:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs

Monday, January 21, 2019

Cubs have considered trading Ben Zobrist

The things folk do to duck the luxury tax….

QLE Posted: January 21, 2019 at 06:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, cubs, luxury tax

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ben Zobrist, start designing your customized cleats. MLB grants players more shoe freedom.

ATLANTA—Baseball’s shoe police can go home.

Major League Baseball and its owners approved an amendment to the basic agreement that finally loosens restrictions on the design and colors of players’ footwear in games.

Players, such as Ben Zobrist of the Chicago Cubs and Mike Clevinger of the Cleveland Indians, were furious last season that they were being warned and fined by Major League Baseball if their footwear did not adhere to league-mandated rules.

Beats actually doing something about the pace of play, I guess….

QLE Posted: November 15, 2018 at 11:40 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ben zobrist, footwear, mike clevinger, mlb

 

 

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