Monday, January 9, 2023

Newsletter Excerpt, January 9, 2023 -- "Random Player Comments"

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"The risk is that Hosmer will once again hit for a high batting average for a while, play his usual low-range, low-error game at first base, be a good citizen, and push the Cubs away from contention. Matt Mervis may not be a star and there’s a chance he’s not a player at all, but he has an upside Hosmer can’t possibly reach. I can see the quotes now, after Mervis is demoted after hitting .154 in 31 well-scattered PAs on April 22...'We just like what Eric brings as far as leadership, giving us professional at-bats, and making the plays at first base. Matt is going to be a big part of this team, just not now.'”