“They make it clear that they are completely open-minded,” Hahn says.
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“The fans staying with the team through some pretty lean years deserve all the credit,” Ricketts says.
Chapman prefers to be called upon for three-out saves but is up for anything in the playoffs.
Ross believes Jon Lester is pitching as well as he ever has.
“Miggy’s one of the best framers in the game,” Bosio says.
“Everybody brings something different to the table,” Ross says.
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Bosio hinted at the Cubs carrying 12 pitchers — and maybe three catchers, if it makes the starters happy — on their postseason roster.
“He’s as consistent as a worker as you’ll find,” Ross says of Russell.
Hendricks sports an MLB-best 2.09 ERA.
In spring training, the Cubs conduct defensive drills with a wealth of odd twists.
“There has to be some level of discretion,” Cubs VP of communications Julian Green says.
“It’s controlling the moment, it’s controlling the head,” Cooper says of the keys for Sale.
“He’s respected the process, he’s said and done the right things,” Ricketts says of Chapman.
Bosio is enthused by the Cubs’ acquisition of left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Mariners.
“The end goal is to be as good as you can be come September, come October,” Cubs catcher David Ross says.
“These 162 games, it’s a grind, it’s a roller coaster,” Ross says.
Ross believed that the Reds’ hitting Kris Bryant was intentional.
“That’s not acceptable for Jake,” pitching coach Chris Bosio says of ho-hum results recently for Arrieta. “That’s not acceptable for us.”
“You got to let these guys learn,” Ross says. “They’ve got great swings.”
Millar regaled the boys with stories about friends Jon Lester and John Lackey.