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Kris Bryant makes a special kind of personal history with 100th homer

Kris Bryant makes a special kind of personal history with 100th homer

Kris Bryant is now a part of the 100 Home Run Club.

The Cubs superstar connected on a line shot into the left-field bleachers Wednesday afternoon off Wei-Yin Chen. What's even more special is it came on the three-year anniversary of his first MLB homer.

"Couldn't have scripted it any better — first home run three years ago and now 100," Bryant said. "I guess it made it even more special. It was pretty cool. I know it took me a while to hit my first one, but pretty cool story to do it on the same day.

Bryant had trouble putting the milestone into words and said he forgot it was his 100th dinger as he was rounding the bases.

"I just feel really dang happy that I got there and hopefully there's many more," he said.

After a slow start at the plate in the power department (just 2 homers on May 1), Bryant has turned it on of late, sending balls into the stands four times over the last week.

He now has 6 homers, 16 RBI and a 1.001 OPS on the 2018 season. He also has 6 career postseason homers.

Bryant is the fastest Cubs player to 100 homers in franchise history, doing so in his 487th career game. Ernie Banks held the previous record (500 games).

"The sky is the limit," Joe Maddon said of Bryant. "The guy is dedicated, motivated, athletic, he's good, takes care of himself, [plays] multiple positions, MVP winner who does not care where you put him in the lineup, whether it's offensively or defensively. He's kind of the manager's dream."

As cool as it was for his own personal resume, Bryant did miss out on a special part of Cubs history, as he homered off Chen and not Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan:

Maybe the tickling helped Tuesday night?

Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Baseball Prospectus takes shot at Addison Russell in their latest annual

Addison Russell is no longer with the Cubs and he hasn’t yet found a new home in baseball, but he hasn’t escaped being on the receiving end of some tough shots.

Baseball Prospectus, which produces a book each year with team and player capsules, breakdowns and projections, took such a shot. Their blurb for Russell is short and direct.


“The 24-hour national domestic violence hotline number is 800-799-7233.”

Russell was infamously suspended for domestic abuse late in 2018. He returned to the Cubs in 2019, but was not tendered a contract after the season, making him a free agent.

Russell hasn’t found a new landing place with spring training already underway. With this still hanging over his head, it’s no secret as to why.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What will David Ross' impact on the Cubs be like in 2020?

As new manager David Ross takes over for Joe Maddon, he intends to tweak the culture of the Cubs and set his own mark on the team. Jeff Nelson is joined by Outside the Ivy and Bleacher Nation's Michael Cerami to discuss what kind of impact David Ross will have on the 2020 Cubs, what should be expected from the pitching staff and bullpen, and the uncertainty of who plays in the outfield.

(1:36) - What does Ross' impact look like?

(8:28) - Concerns with the pitching staff

(16:00) - Will Craig Kimbrel be better this year?

(20:00) - Will Kris Bryant have enough rope to get used to leading off?

(25:05) - Who do you trust to play the outfield every day?

Listen here or in the embedded player below.

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