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Dexter Fowler discusses recent criticism ahead of series with White Sox

Dexter Fowler discusses recent criticism ahead of series with White Sox

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.”

Cubs Talk Podcast: Covering the MLB All-Star Game from the media’s perspective

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Covering the MLB All-Star Game from the media’s perspective

NBC Sports Chicago’s own Kelly Crull and videographer Scott Changnon recalled what All-Star week in the nations capitol was like from their point of view.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

 

Cubs, Bears, Bulls among the top 25 wealthiest sports teams in the world

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Cubs, Bears, Bulls among the top 25 wealthiest sports teams in the world

What Chicago sports team is worth the most money in 2018?

As reported by Kurt Badenhausen in a Forbes article about the 50 richest teams around the globe, the Cubs are the most valuable organization in the Windy City.

Chicago’s North Side baseball team ranks as the 16th wealthiest team in the world, valued at $2.9 billion, an 8 percent increase from 2017. The Cubs are the third-most affluent franchise in Major League Baseball, behind the New York Yankees ($4 billion) and the Los Angeles Dodgers ($3 billion).

This year, the baseball club owned by the Ricketts family surpassed the wealth of the Boston Red Sox ($2.8 billion), who the Cubs were ranked behind last season at $2.68 billion. In the span of a year, the North Siders gained two spots in the top 50 from 18 to 16 on the list.

What could be the reason for this increase?

Could it be that the Cubs are in first place in the NL Central? Or could it be the incredible performances from players like Jon Lester and Javy Baez?

Whatever the reason is for the Cubs’ prosperity, the team is doing something right.

The club also surpassed the Bears on the list this year. In 2017 the Bears (worth $2.7 billion last year) were tied with the Red Sox as the 16th most valuable sports team on Earth. The McCaskey-owned football team has fallen to a tie at 17 with the San Francisco Giants, both valued at $2.85 billion in 2018. The Bears even increased by 6 percent in the last year, making the Cubs’ jump seem greater.

The Bulls, owned by Jerry Reinsdorf, are the last team from Chicago to make the cut. They stand at 23 in the top 50, tied with the Denver Broncos. Both franchises are worth $2.6 billion. Chicago’s NBA team even fell a spot from 2017, but they still increased their value by 4 percent (worth $2.5 billion last year).

The Bears are the seventh richest team in the NFL, while the Bulls are fourth wealthiest in the NBA.