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Strikeouts Be Damned, Schwarber Made First Step Toward Finding Himself Monday Night

Kyle Schwarber was hitting angry prior to his first game with the Iowa Cubs. Swinging with enough force to hit home runs off the tee at Principal Park, the demoted slugger looked like he had something to prove.

“[A demotion is] obviously something that you don’t want to have, and it ticks you off a little bit,” Schwarber told reporters prior the game. “You can’t press, you can’t do anything like that. But you try to make things happen. You’ve got to go back to what made you successful in the first place.”

It was the first he’d spoken publicly about the trip to Iowa that was announced and his words echoed those of Theo Epstein, who explained the team’s decision last Thursday.

“The answer is not home runs,” the Cubs’ baseball boss explained. “It’s more how consistent his approach [is], how hitterish he is, his ability to handle different parts of the zone, hit the ball to all fields, hit line drives, be a tough out. Just start to resemble the hitter he’s been his entire life.”

In keeping with that plan, the humbled slugger went out and promptly…struck out looking on a curveball. Unwilling to allow …Read the Rest

Source:: Cubs Insider

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