Chicago Cubs: Ross says Ian Happ has earned CF job: "He's the real deal"


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It's finally happening for Ian Happ (Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports)
It's finally happening for Ian Happ (Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports)

The Chicago Cubs are having their own mini-break after their rivalry series with Cardinals was canceled due to COVID-19.

David Ross spoke to the media via Zoom Sunday and talked about the maturation of young slugging outfielder Ian Happ.

"Right now, it's hard to take Ian Happ out of the lineup," he told Cubs.com. "He's the real deal, in my opinion."

Almora will continue to get reps and be used as a late-inning replacement.

"The times Happ has got to get some days off, we'll look at that," he said. "We've got Al, who just continues to wow on defense. But, right now, the job's Ian Happ's."

For the season, Happ is batting .297 with three homers, three doubles, seven walks, an OPS of 1.031, and six RBI in 44 plate appearances.

It has taken some time (he's still only 25 years old) but Happ is on his way to become one of the cornerstones of the Cubs lineup for years to come.

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