Soon after the Cubs lost two straight games at Wrigley Area to give up the NL Central Division title and slide in the wild card activity to end the 2018 period, motives as to why a 95-earn period finished limited of equaling expectations commenced to floor.
Just one that was echoed by the entrance workplace and the gamers was the degree of management that appeared to walk out of the clubhouse with David Ross’ retirement after the 2016 Planet Collection.
“I feel they designed it clear to most people,” beginning pitcher Jon Lester stated Wednesday about the entrance office’s perception there was a deficiency of management. “I feel they hit the nail on the head.”
Clearly it was one thing that experienced to be dealt with by the gamers currently in the clubhouse but the entrance workplace did its component by bringing in a veteran like Daniel Descalso.
The 32-12 months previous arrived up in the Cardinals technique and has earned the name as really hard-nosed, clutch, basically sturdy player who also plays the activity really hard although at various positions.
It’s that form of pedigree that is highly regarded in the activity, and it provides him leeway to have a voice in the clubhouse in the course of the latter many years with the Cardinals (2011-14), and then with the Rockies (2015-16) and Diamondbacks (2017-18).
Cubs supervisor Joe Maddon stated he experienced a discussion with Descalso, who has performed each posture other than catcher and center discipline in his job, at the Cubs Convention about stepping into a management function when the timing is appropriate.
Descalso, who will get a glance at second base specially towards appropriate-handed starters, stated he understands he has to uncover a convenience degree right before remaining also boisterous.
“I have been the new dude in the clubhouse a few of times,” he stated. “If you appear in and you are the loud dude and begin ruffling feathers appropriate absent then you can place some men off. You have to feel your way out the early parts of spring teaching and into the period and then you can really get a feel for the group and the clubhouse.
“There are a good deal of accomplished gamers in in this article. It’s why they have been prosperous the previous few many years and why the expectations are superior. Its’s not like I’m coming to a group entire of rookies.”
Veterans like Jason Heyward, Anthony Rizzo and Lester have their put but a new voice can go a lengthy way in achieving an proven group.
“I am so thrilled we bought him,” Maddon stated. “He is a great baseball player. This is previous college scouting to fully grasp how great Daniel is.”
Descalso, who hit .238 with 13 dwelling runs, 57 RBIs and a job-superior OPS of .789 in 138 games in 2018, stated he is ready to see where he suits in and then go from there.
“I’ll be myself and get to know the men and get to know my way about the team,” stated Descalso, who signed a two-12 months, $5-million deal in December. “I have to go out and make plays and direct by example at initially. It is about setting up that trust. A good deal of these men really don’t know me incredibly effectively. You try out to get know all those men on a individual degree and then you build that trust.
“When you do converse or pull them apart you have currently designed that trust so it is less difficult to get by to them.”
Even though Maddon is content to have Descalso in the clubhouse, obtaining a new toy for his at any time-switching lineup might be an even bigger attract.
Maddon has embraced multi-positional gamers like Tony Phillips, Mark McLemore, Sean Figgins and Ben Zobrist around the many years and assisted split the detrimental connotation that used to appear with someone remaining labeled a utility player.
“I normally considered when you bought a dude like that it lengthens your bench in the course of the activity,” Maddon stated. “He also presents an chance to relaxation folks for the reason that you really don’t feel like you are shedding something by putting this dude in the lineup.”
Descalso normally takes pleasure in remaining able to be counted in just about anyplace in the discipline and up and down the lineup.
“My career for a good deal of many years now is to blend and match, be a puzzle piece and just in good shape in and do one thing to enable us earn that evening where it is off the bench or beginning,” he stated. “That is not new to me and it is one thing I am used to and comfortable with.
“I take pleasure in the truth that I could do that.”