Javy Baez wants more discipline, leadership from Cubs

by - Senior Editor -
Bill Streicher - USA Today Sports
Bill Streicher - USA Today Sports

Something wasn't right even with the Cubs' 95 wins last season. It was partly the horrid hitting in the second half combined with the myriad of injuries to important players.

However, one issue that is now being brought to the forefront is team leadership and accountability.

Cubs shortstop Javier Baez told reporters Tuesday that he wants more disciple and wants to be called out if he doesn't run to first base, etc.

"I think it's the little things," he said. "Last year, I didn't run full speed to first base and I would get back to the dugout and no one would say anything. This year, if I don't do it, someone will hopefully say something and it's not to show you up, it's to make our team better."

This is interesting news as Cubs manager Joe Maddon has already said that he will be more hands-on this season. It appears at least Baez embraces more discipline and leadership from his teammates and coaching staff.

El Mago asking to be pushed harder could spell great things in 2019.

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