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What CF will look like in aftermath of Byrd trade

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What CF will look like in aftermath of Byrd trade

With Marlon Byrd shipped to Boston, the Cubs now have a bit of a void left in center field.

Most fans are clamoring for the organization to bring up top prospect Brett Jackson and let him start everyday. Just judging by the Cubs' 4-11 record, that would seem to make sense.

But it doesn't for a lot of other reasons, including financially and Jackson's development, as David Kaplan points out.

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer won't rush Jackson up, so don't count on him patrolling center field at Wrigley Field until sometime this summer. The Byrd trade does ensure there will be room for Jackson in June and July, if they choose to go that route, however. With Byrd on the roster, there wasn't an opportunity for Jackson to play everyday in the majors.

While the Cubs wait for Jackson to be ready, they will go with a platoon of Tony Campana, Reed Johnson and Joe Mather in center field. All three are capable defenders out there, and Campana's speed should make the Cubs even better defensively in the outfield. Byrd was playing some great defense so far, but Campana can cover more ground.

Offensively, the Cubs will seemingly be better, given Byrd's 3-for-43 start at the plate. The crazy thing is he had an RBI single in the first game of the season, and then had just two hits the rest of the way in a Cubs uniform.

Campana won't slug the ball or draw many walks, but his speed is a huge asset both in the batter's box and on the basepaths, as his two infield singles Sunday showed.

Mather is very fundamentally sound and while he's not particularly great in any one area, he is decent across the board. He can hit for some power, show some speed in the outfield and on the bases and can work the count with some good at-bats.

Johnson's role probably won't change a whole lot. He will still likely be the fourth outfielder and spend a lot of time as a defensive replacement in left field for Alfonso Soriano late in games. He will still probably start in place of David DeJesus in right against lefties more often than not. With Byrd gone, Johnson just has more opportunity to get some at-bats.

All three guys can play all three positions in the outfield, something that will be very valuable to manager Dale Sveum.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: It's time to be active in the change

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: It's time to be active in the change

Pat Boyle is joined by Charlie Roumeliotis, Scott King, Nick Gismondi, Slavko Bekovic and Tony Gill to discuss the George Floyd murder, the protests around the country and how to be an active participant in the change for equality for all.

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Dexter Fowler was racially profiled by nightclub while with Cubs teammates

Dexter Fowler was racially profiled by nightclub while with Cubs teammates

Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler shared a story on his Instagram Tuesday of a time he was racially profiled while at a club with his then-Cubs teammates.

Fowler, who played on the North Side from 2015-16, explained how he wasn't allowed into a club in Arizona with other members of the Cubs because he was wearing a gold chain. He said he was dressed nice and added the profiling of his attire didn't apply to his teammates, some who were dressed more casually.

When the club turned Fowler away, the group, which included first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left to show their support for him.

'What can I do'

Let me tell you a little story

A club in AZ turned me away because I had a gold chain on. While my friends had on shorts & vans & flip flops.

I was dressed nicely.

[Anthony Rizzo] and my friends with the [Cubs] left the club for me.

That's what you can do. Every day. It happens. EVERY DAY. There are opportunities EVERY DAY to help enforce change.

Fowler has been outspoken on social media regarding racial profiling amid nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He described the hardships black people endure due to racism in a heartfelt Instagram post on Thursday.

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Here’s the thing. I know it’s hard to fully grasp why black people are outraged. It’s hard to grasp unless you’ve seen people hold their purses tighter when you walk by, when you have people refer to you as “not black” when you’re not “ghetto”. When your parents have to give you a talk when you’re just a kid. “you can’t act like your white friends. you’ll get killed. they won’t” This is a generational discussion EVERY black family has. It terrifies you as a kid, and as an adult. You don’t understand why we know, those officers didn’t flinch at murdering that man, because he is black. The race card. We hold it. You tell us “it’s not about race” if we ever hold you to it. You don’t want us to have even that 1 bone chilling “privilege” of defense. You don’t want us to hold any privilege. We don’t hold the privilege of being a criminal, making a mistake, or simply taking a jog, the same as a white man, and being treated the same. He couldn’t breathe. He was murdered. They were gently fired from their jobs. This isn’t right. This can’t go on. (if you assume “you”, is you, and you’re upset about the generalization...... just think about that for a second)

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