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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jason Heyward swinging hot bat early for Cubs | MLB.com

“It’s tough when you are worried about other things,” Heyward said of his struggles last April. “I had a wrist injury early, which is not an excuse. This year, coming in, I had put in my work in the offseason. I was able to have a consistency in my routine that allowed me to relax and have the good timing and rhythm that allows me to focus on just myself and the pitcher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 10:51 AM | 22 comment(s)
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Will Jason Heyward bounce back from abysmal 2016 season? - Chicago Cubs Blog- ESPN

I haven’t been able to watch him hit this spring. What do are Cubs fans think?

Joe Maddon is steadfast regarding his opinion of outfielder Jason Heyward’s swing makeover. The Chicago Cubs’ third-year manager insists he’s seeing improvement after a lackluster 2016 campaign, although rival scouts who have followed the Cubs this spring don’t necessarily agree.

Many showed no hesitation in stating the swing—and subsequent results—are very much like last year’s. Maddon, meanwhile, says it depends on whom you talk to.

“I had a scout sit in my office two days ago and say the opposite,” Maddon said over the weekend. “He thinks it’s entirely different. He kind of liked it. Regardless of what a scout says in the stands, it doesn’t really impact my feelings at all. I know what I’m seeing—a totally different swing. The guy that says it’s the same, I’m totally disappointed in the scout, actually.”oe Maddon is steadfast regarding his opinion of outfielder Jason Heyward’s swing makeover. The Chicago Cubs’ third-year manager insists he’s seeing improvement after a lackluster 2016 campaign, although rival scouts who have followed the Cubs this spring don’t necessarily agree.

Many showed no hesitation in stating the swing—and subsequent results—are very much like last year’s. Maddon, meanwhile, says it depends on whom you talk to.

“I had a scout sit in my office two days ago and say the opposite,” Maddon said over the weekend. “He thinks it’s entirely different. He kind of liked it. Regardless of what a scout says in the stands, it doesn’t really impact my feelings at all. I know what I’m seeing—a totally different swing. The guy that says it’s the same, I’m totally disappointed in the scout, actually.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2017 at 06:28 AM | 36 comment(s)
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Inside the complete overhaul of Jason Heyward’s struggling swing | FOX Sports

“He may be better than (he ever) was,” Mallee said. “I’m very happy for him. His mind is in the right place. He has done a lot of mental stuff. It’s really special what he has put into this.”

Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, agreed.

“I’ve never seen a veteran player work as much as Jason did this winter, let alone right after winning a World Series and having already signed a long-term deal,” Epstein said. “It shows how much he cares, his dedication, his pride and his character. He’s the ultimate pro.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 02, 2017 at 09:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

How the Cubs’ $184 million man Jason Heyward is fixing himself

With the offseason underway, Heyward is looking to get his swing back on track. The 27-year-old showed off some of the changes he’s been working on thus far, and it looks like Heyward could feature a much different stance next year.
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Will it work? We have no idea. The offseason is a time for optimism. You always want to believe a player is in the best shape of their life, or that a new pitch will help that questionable starter turn into an ace.

It’s the same thing here. We won’t know whether these changes are effective until Heyward uses them against legitimate competition. With that said, this is a good thing. Heyward is working hard to put 2016 behind him and get back to being an effective player at the plate. Even if it doesn’t fully work out, it’s not like things can get any worse, right?

Video in the linked article. No word on whether he’s working with a coach or on his own.

Greg Pope Posted: December 21, 2016 at 06:34 PM | 19 comment(s)
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Friday, November 11, 2016

Theo Epstein has ‘no doubt’ Jason Heyward will fix offense in offseason - Chicago Tribune

Epstein said at the general managers meetings this week he has “no doubt (Heyward) will address it” and praised the way he handled the season-long slump.

“He never backed down from his struggles, and a lot of players with the performance he had after signing a big contract would have found their way to the disabled list or found their way to avoid the big moment,” Epstein said. “Instead, he was fully engaged with his teammates and even assumed the leadership position at the very end. So that bodes extremely well for the future.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2016 at 08:02 PM | 69 comment(s)
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