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Cubs Talk Podcast: Society's issues through the lens of baseball

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Society's issues through the lens of baseball

David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, Maddie Lee and Eugene McIntosh, co-founder of "The Bigs" sports media, have an open and honest discussion about the murder of George Floyd, the many protests around the country and how we can all impact change through the lens of baseball.

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Cubs' Jon Lester jokes universal DH takes 'a pretty big force' out of lineup

Cubs' Jon Lester jokes universal DH takes 'a pretty big force' out of lineup

Cubs pitcher Jon Lester started his career 0-for-66 at the plate until getting his first hit in 2015. He’s since made strides offensively, wielding a pretty wicked swing and hitting a home run each of the past three seasons.

So, how does Lester feel about the National League adding a designated hitter for the 2020 season?

“I told [Cubs manager David Ross] that I'm hitting in the games I'm pitching, so I don't know what he wants to do there but you're taking a pretty big force out of the lineup if we're going to the DH every five days,” Lester said in Saturday’s Zoom session.

Lester quickly clarified he was joking but highlighted the pros and cons of having a full-time DH. He can solely focus on pitching but said having to bat keeps pitchers more tuned into a game as they can’t check out in between innings. For example, pitchers who bat need to know how opposing pitchers are attacking hitters.

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On the flip side, a universal DH adds 15 jobs to baseball and will allow the Cubs to give their stars semi-off days while keeping their bat in the lineup.

“You kind of give them that blow but you still keep their bat in the lineup, so that would be nice going forward,” Lester said. “I mean it’s a little disappointing. I liked doing it but at the same time, it is going to be a little bit easier for us.”

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Injury update: Anthony Rizzo participates in Cubs Summer Camp workout

Injury update: Anthony Rizzo participates in Cubs Summer Camp workout

For the first time in five days, Anthony Rizzo took up his post at first base during the Cubs’ Summer Camp workout Saturday.

The team only went through fielding drills and batting practice – no intrasquad scrimmage. But Rizzo’s participation, while dealing with lower back tightness this week, was another step “in the right direction,” as Cubs manager David Ross put it.

“Got some swings off and felt good,” Ross said after talking to Rizzo. “… It looked like the ground balls went well and everything’s continued to move in the right direction. And we’ll continue to build him up. He’s itching to see some live pitching here soon, so we’ll get that in the works.”

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Since Tuesday, Rizzo had sat out of team workouts and scrimmages while gradually working back to the field. When he wasn’t roaming the field and left field bleachers during Thursday’s intrasquad scrimmage, Rizzo was tracking pitches in the bullpen, according to Ross.

The Cubs are scheduled to open the season in two weeks.

 

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