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Cubs embracing Joe Maddon's not-so-subtle motto: 'Try not to suck'

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Cubs embracing Joe Maddon's not-so-subtle motto: 'Try not to suck'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Joe Maddon seemingly has an endless stream of mottos and slogans at his disposal.

Sunday's iteration came in the form of T-shirts Cubs players and personnel wore for their workout at Sloan Park, though the exact slogan, "try not to suck" is actually from last season: Javy Baez first made the public aware of it back in Cubs Convention in January when he told fans the story of how Maddon used that phrase as advice for Baez's reintroduction to the big leagues.

But "try not to suck" was a popular motto in the Cubs' dugout last year, as guys like David Ross would shout it out a few times a game in an effort to have some fun and alleviate some of the pressure that comes with the game of baseball.

"It's the most positive negative you've ever heard in your life," Maddon joked with reporters Sunday morning.

Maddon and the Cubs are selling the shirts through Korked Baseball and all proceeds will go to Maddon's Respect 90 foundation. 

He said he appreciates the authenticity of the phrase and hopes it's just the beginning of raising money for his foundation through selling T-shirts.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.