It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Jason Heyward has struggled in Chicago. You’d have trouble swinging a bat too if you’d carried the same weight of expectation Heyward has for the last decade. Before he was trying to live up to a $184 million contract in Chicago, he was laboring in the shadow of one of the game’s giants. Hank Aaron comps? It’s a wonder the guy’s spinal column is still intact.
Be that as it may, there’s a point at which empathy can no longer help to shoulder the load from even the most reasonable expectations. And we’re well past that point for Heyward. Then question, then, is whether or not he can turn it around.
Hank Aaron comps? It’s a wonder the guy’s spinal column is still intact.
I should be clear here that I fully recognize the value Heyward brings to the table when it comes to his superior glove and his veteran leadership. But all that’s gold doesn’t necessarily glitter and you can’t stop every single game for a rain-delay pep talk. Heyward’s got to get better.
When the Cubs signed that offseason’s most coveted free agent position player to a massive deal, they did so assuming …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider