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Addison Russell and the Perils of Improvement

Getting better at something can open you up to new risks. Or maybe it’s more correct to say that getting better at something can make you realize that you have to get even better at it. Addison Russell has worked hard to become a decent breaking-ball hitter. He’s made strides. Pitchers have responded, though — and used his confidence against him. So he’ll have to take another...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

CI Recap – Cubs 2, Royals 6: Addison Russell Hits Fifth Spring Home Run

The Cubs offense was largely held at bay Sunday night by the Royals. The lone exception was Addison Russell, who popped his fifth home run of the spring, a line drive that may or may not have ripped someone’s arm off as it zipped onto the grass berm in left field. David Bote doubled in the bottom of the 9th to drive in a run and that was all for the Cubs scoring. On the pitching...
Via Cubs Insider
6 days ago

Watch: Addison Russell’s Fifth Spring Training Home Run

The Cubs’ young shortstop continued his spring power demonstration Sunday night, ripping a laser over the left-field fence for his fifth homer of Cactus League play. The post Watch: Addison Russell’s Fifth Spring Training Home Run appeared first on Cubs Insider.
Via Cubs Insider
6 days ago

Russell launches fifth spring homer

Ian Kennedy struck out seven and held the Cubs to three hits over six innings in a 6-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 15,497 at Sloan Park. Addison Russell led off the Chicago eighth with a home run, his fifth this spring, to avoid a shutout.
6 days ago

Addison Russell Should’ve Hit 4 More Dingers in 2016, Plus Rest of Cubs Expected HR

Nothing is more frustrating than hearing the crack of the bat and knowing the ball is gone, only to see an outfielder leaping to snag the ball before it clears the outfield fence. Then you’ve got those hard-hit balls in places like San Diego’s Petco Park that just die on the warning track. Thanks to the data we have from sources like Statcast, though, we can actually quantify...
Via Cubs Insider
6 days ago

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

There is no more exciting and rapidly developing position in the game today than shortstop. It has become a new beast over the past few years across MLB. By all indications, it's a wave that is just getting underway. In each of the past two seasons, a Rookie of the Year selection has been a shortstop, and in last year’s All-Star Game, of the six shortstops selected, each made his...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Russell tears up thinking about 2016 accomplishments

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Addison Russell was laying on his mom's bed in the house he bought the family in Pensacola, Florida, with his signing bonus. His Shih Tzu-poodle mix puppy, Oakley, started licking his face. Tears started flowing. ''That's when all the memories from this past year, from spring training to the middle of the season, then the World Series run,'' the Chicago Cubs...
Via Associated Press
February 22, 2017  |  Discuss

Did Addison Russell Solve His Problem?

As a pitcher, when you look up and down that Cubs lineup from the mound, you probably get that sick feeling in your stomach. The National League team in the World Series has some scary bats in the top half of it lineup; with Willson Contreras and now Kyle Schwarber in the bottom half, you could have games featuring sluggers one through seven. Imagine if they added a patient slugger...
Via Fangraphs
October 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Here Is a Powered-Up Addison Russell

My hunch is that it’s easier for pitchers to make adjustments on the fly than hitters. In part this is because pitchers are simply more in control — they can aim for different areas, while hitters simply have to respond. Pitchers also get more and longer breaks between appearances, and sometimes a pitch can just click. Everybody everywhere is always tweaking something, and I’m...
Via Fangraphs
August 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Cubs fans go dumpster diving for Addison Russell’s home-run ball

Catching a baseball at any major league ballpark is valuable, no matter who hits it or where it ends up. Chicago Cubs fans exemplified this aspect Sunday afternoon during their game against the Colorado Rockies, as shortstop Addison Russell hit a home run in the fifth inning that happened to land in a very convenient location: a trash can. But in baseball, every hit over the...
Via The Comeback
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

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