Former Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler returned to Chicago, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field with a two-game interleague series with the Sox.
Last week, Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak questioned Fowler’s lack of effort and energy, that was posted on Twitter.
Fowler is in his second year of his five-year, $82.5 million dollar contract he signed with the Cardinals after the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.
Fowler had a great first season with the Cardinals setting career highs in homeruns with (18) RBI (64) and OPS (.851).
But this year it’s been a roller coaster for him. Fowler is slashing a mere .167/ .270/.271 with five homeruns, and 21 RBI’s.
Fowler spoke with the media earlier today about his recent struggles, and to this point he’s moved on. “You shake things off, you forgive people.” Fowler said. “Put it into perspective, it’s a baseball game and it could be a lot worse.”
"Take it day by day, hour by hour....I'm just ready to get back onto the field and into my rhythm."
Now with Fowler signing that big contract a couple years ago, Fowler reiterated that the money isn’t the factor.
“People make it about the contract, you’re going to struggle in this game, when I didn’t have a contract I struggled. Its baseball you’re going to struggle. You’re going to have your ups and downs. You’re human. When you think about stuff like that, it messes things up.”
Even Fowler’s former manager Joe Maddon, commented on Fowler, saying he loves him, and Maddon has a great relationship with Fowler.
“Anytime that somebody reflects, and remembers and have been around you, been with you through the trenches, and when they have good things to say, that’s always a plus.”
But reflecting on his time in Chicago, Fowler had nothing but praise.
“Joe and Davey (Martinez old Cubs bench coach who’s now with the Nationals) are much different than any other coaches I’ve dealt with.” Fowler said with smile. “It’s a ton more laid back, but at the end of the day you have to adapt to every situation.”