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David Ross isn't the only Cub Joe Maddon wants to see on 'Dancing with the Stars'

David Ross isn't the only Cub Joe Maddon wants to see on 'Dancing with the Stars'

MESA, Ariz. – Joe Maddon isn't satisfied with just David Ross on "Dancing with the Stars."

The Cubs manager doesn't want to stop with just "Grandpa Rossy," the former catcher turned front office executive. 

Maddon also wants to see charismatic infielder Munenori Kawasaki and young shortstop Addison Russell make an appearance on the ABC show.

"He's got talent," Maddon said of Kawasaki, the 35-year-old Japanese infielder who dazzled teammates, coaches and the media with a stirring rendition of "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" in karaoke in his first Cubs camp last year.

Kawasaki also starred in a recently-released commercial for Japanese beer and he's one of the best interviews around.

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Russell, meanwhile, is the 23-year-old shortstop with all-world athleticism and dance moves reminiscent of Michael Jackson.

Case in point:

"He's got the best feet, he can do the backward flip standsill; there's so many things," Maddon said. "He loves to dance. He's the guy I'd like to see eventually. They'd just have to film it maybe in January [when it would work with Russell's schedule.]"

Maddon admitted Russell would have to be his own choreographer and wouldn't need much help from the professionals on "Dancing with the Stars."

Russell said he has not yet had a conversation with Ross before "Dancing with the Stars" starts filming, but joked he does have high expectations for the former catcher.

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo sits out of intrasquad scrimmage

Cubs injury update: Anthony Rizzo sits out of intrasquad scrimmage

Anthony Rizzo sat out of in the Cubs’ intrasquad scrimmage Thursday, after missing the two previous days of team workouts with lower back tightness.

“I spoke to him yesterday and he felt much better,” Cubs manager David Ross said, “so he’s moving the right direction.”

David Bote filled in for Rizzo at first base. Rizzo remains day-to-day. The first baseman has a history of back injury, and Ross said the Cubs are taking a cautious approach to Rizzo's health during Summer Camp.

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But he was still a presence in Thursday's intrasquad game. Rizzo, in uniform, spent the first few innings of the scrimmage next to the on-deck circle. He chatted with several players, including Ian Happ and Javy Baez, before they headed to the batter’s box. Rizzo then moved to the left field bleachers, bat in hand.

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Anthony Rizzo takes in Cubs intrasquad game in Wrigley Field bleachers

Anthony Rizzo takes in Cubs intrasquad game in Wrigley Field bleachers

Anthony Rizzo missed Summer Camp on Thursday as he remains day-to-day with lower back tightness. However, the Cubs first baseman still found a way to take in the action.

Rizzo posted up in the left field bleachers during Thursday's game, which pitted Yu Darvish vs. Kyle Hendricks. He later moved to sit by the on-deck circle.

With no fans in attendance this season, MLB players will likely be stationed throughout ballpark seating throughout games to social distance. The Cubs obviously want to see Rizzo stationed at first base come the regular season, but it would be quite the sight if he or any Cubs get to sit out in the bleachers this year.

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