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Zobrist, Heyward working hard to end slumps

The Cubs knew Ben Zobrist wasn't going to bat .406 the entire year, as he did in May. They also know Jason Heyward is better than his .231 average would indicate. Both players took early batting practice Saturday, but their efforts weren't enough to beat the Brewers.
Via Cubs.com
1 day ago

Bases Loaded: Ben Zobrist recalls his All-Star break

Ben Zobrist joins the first episode of Bases Loaded to discuss the All-Star break and how the Cubs dealt with a difficult schedule down the stretch.
Via CSN Chicago
5 days ago

Maddon gives Zobrist his own All-Star break

Ben Zobrist was not in the Cubs' starting lineup on Sunday and got a surprise day off on Monday against the Mets. The All-Star second baseman started last Tuesday's game in San Diego, and thought he'd be OK once the second half resumed. Cubs manager Joe Maddon could tell otherwise.
Via Cubs.com
6 days ago

Zobrist: 'Got to start off on the right foot in second half'

Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist talks about the All-Star Game and looking forward to the second half of the season.
Via CSN Chicago
11 days ago

The Only Direction Ben Zobrist Sees is Up

Is that blistering heat coming from Ben Zobrist’s bat or the imposing collection of candles atop his birthday cake? This week, it’s definitely both. He is officially thirty-five, and in the abbreviated life span of a professional athlete, he has supposedly arrived at the waning. Well beyond his commonly understood peak, Zobrist has just transitioned, in […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
May 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Ben Zobrist Superman?

No. (He doesn’t wear glasses.) But, I must say, Ben Zobrist is a pretty awesome dude. Going into the Winter Meetings this past December, I wanted nothing more than for the rumors of Zobrist’s possible signing with the Cubs to become a reality—even more so than I wanted the Jason Heyward rumors to come true (which for […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
May 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist on Being in Sync

Better not throw a ball to Ben Zobrist right now. Better throw it in the zone. He’s got the lowest swing rate in baseball this year, and a bottom-nine number since we started tracking that stat. He’s always swung less often than most, but this is extreme, even for him. “I’m just seeing the ball really well,” he said before a game against the Giants, reducing the answer...
Via Fangraphs
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ben Zobrist blocks Fernando Rodney arrow

It was a rough day for the suddenly mortal Chicago Cubs. With the bottom-feeding San Diego Padres in town for a Wednesday doubleheader, it seemed a forgone conclusion the best team in baseball would be adding to its division lead. However, the Padres had other ideas. San Diego took the early game 7-4, and the nightcap 1-0. It was a particularly big day for Padres closer Fernando...
Via The Comeback
May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist to the Cubs on Four-Year Deal

The Cubs have reportedly signed Ben Zobrist to a four-year deal worth $56 million. That’s definitively not an $80 million deal, but at the behest of agents, all sorts of silly numbers get thrown around in the rumor mill. This number makes a lot more sense. In fact, the deal seems to be paying for floor. Take all the worst assumptions for the Zobrist deal — assume that wins are...
Via Fangraphs
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Ben Zobrist is baseball’s hottest free agent

Don’t look now, but Ben Zobrist has rapidly turned into the most sought-after free agent in baseball. Despite the fact that he doesn’t have a natural position and is about to turn 35, the World Series-winning super-utility man is set for a massive payday. And his price tag continues to rise. As of now, roughly half the teams in baseball are interested in Zobrist, and he is...
Via Rumors and Rants
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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