MIAMI Theo Epstein scoffed at the possibility of sending a World Series hero down to the minors on May 16, writing the headline with this money quote: If anyone wants to sell their Kyle Schwarber stock, were buying. If the Cubs arent dumping their Schwarber stock, theyre definitely reassessing their investment strategy, trying to figure out how such a dangerous postseason hitter had become one of the least productive players in the majors. The overall portfolio hasnt changed that much since the team presidents vote of confidence, Schwarber batting .179 for the defending champs then and .171 when the Cubs finally made the decision to demote him to Triple-A Iowa.
Cubs outfielder Albert Almora and his wife Krystal grace the spring/summer issue of PAWS Chicago magazine, but their work to bring awareness about shelter dogs isn't done. The couple have joined the adoption group's Intentional Walk campaign, which encourages people to walk and interact with a shelter dog, and if they're able, adopt one. The Almoras and several Cubs staff members volunteered at the group's adoption center in Lincoln Park and took several dogs around the neighborhood. "We want to increase the odds of winning for shelter dogs by encouraging people to volunteer at local shelters to walk and interact with dogs," Albert said via PAWS Chicago's website. "We understand many people want
MIAMI – The Cubs factored Ian Happ into their preseason plans, hoping he could give the team a shot of adrenaline at some point and play well enough to be marketed as a trade chip in a blockbuster deal for pitching. But the Cubs couldn’t have projected this for late June: Happ batting third behind Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, the switch-hitting presence and middle-of-the-order force needed with Ben Zobrist on the disabled list and Kyle Schwarber about to get a mental reset at Triple-A Iowa. “Pound for pound, man, he’s got as good a power as I’ve seen, when you look at the size and how far the ball goes,” manager Joe Maddon said Friday at Marlins Park. “It’s a unique combination of size and