MESA, Ariz. — Monday marked the to start with entire working day of exercises for Chicago Cubs situation players.
How did it go?
“Wet,” claimed supervisor Joe Maddon, referring to persistent rain and interesting weather in the Valley of the Sunlight. “Outside of that, I assumed we did seriously very well of adapting simply because it was uncomfortable. We got the baserunning in. We retained hunting at the weather map. It was meant to prevent raining. It retained raining. It stopped raining, and moreover, it was kind of chilly. Plus, the dampness of the subject issues. So we finally just claimed which is it. Let’s simplify this entire matter, remain inside.”
The Cubs did significantly of their perform in the batting cages or less than go over.
“We basically did a lot for the working day in spite of the weather,” Maddon claimed.
No damage intended:
3rd baseman Kris Bryant told reporters Monday early morning that his reviews about St. Louis remaining “tedious” have been taken out of context and that he intended no damage. Bryant manufactured the “tedious” comment through previous month’s Cubs convention through previous Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster’s comedy show.
“It was taken completely out of context,” Bryant told the media. “I consider we all know that. It was a comedy show with Ryan Dempster at a Cubs convention, seeking to get the supporters psyched for the period. I consider it surely did do that.
“You can find nothing at all seriously going on at that time of the year. It is quick to seize on to it and operate with it … You never ever want to say the erroneous matter. I consider I’ve finished a excellent task on the subject to make the regard of the players around the league. I do issues the proper way. I address supporters the proper way. And at the conclusion of the working day, I know who I am as a person. And I know I’m a excellent person.”
Notify your stats …
The Cubs never seem to be to be placing a entire lot of inventory into Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA process, which has downgraded them from a projection of 82 wins this period to 80 and a previous-put end in the Countrywide League Central.
“You are normally hunting for enthusiasm, the bulletin-board (substance),” Joe Maddon claimed. “Yet again, it is really seriously entertaining things. You can find so significantly material important to fill all the hours in the working day anymore so folks commence creating issues like that. If any individual enjoys it, which is wonderful.
“I promise you, I will forget about about it in two days, so I will not even keep in mind that. When it will come to enthusiasm, it does not seriously stick with me, a little something like that. Inspiration is that you got removed early previous year. Inspiration is that you seriously want to establish a little something this year. You want to engage in the video game superior than you did previous year.”
No go for Zo:
Veteran infielder-outfielder Ben Zobrist was not in camp Monday. Joe Maddon claimed Zobrist had an excused absence. The Cubs claimed Zobrist had a “private reason” for not remaining in camp.