Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
news

MLB News

Maddon has method to his message for Cubs

MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon will deliver his "embrace the target" message to the full squad on Wednesday when the team has its first workout together.

Maddon said he'll emphasize that "expectations" and "pressure" can be positive words, and hopes the players develop a routine that they stick to. He then described part of his daily pregame drill, which included a stop at Starbucks for coffee, writing his lineup, studying notes and talking to coaches. If you focus on the process, and not the outcome, you'll have better results, he said.

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon will deliver his "embrace the target" message to the full squad on Wednesday when the team has its first workout together.

Maddon said he'll emphasize that "expectations" and "pressure" can be positive words, and hopes the players develop a routine that they stick to. He then described part of his daily pregame drill, which included a stop at Starbucks for coffee, writing his lineup, studying notes and talking to coaches. If you focus on the process, and not the outcome, you'll have better results, he said.

Russell to strike Gold on defense?

When Maddon was finished with the monologue to the media, he paused.

"I wish the players could've heard that," Maddon said.

Spring Training: Schedule | Tickets | Information

• The only player on the Cubs' spring roster who had not reported was infielder Jesus Guzman, 31, a non-roster invitee from Venezuela, who was delayed because of visa problems.

Kyle Schwarber launched another batting practice home run over the right-field fence on Field 1 on Tuesday and didn't break a windshield. But the ball did leave a nice dent in the roof of a BMW parked there. Schwarber, by the way, has used the same size bat since he was selected in the first round of the 2014 Draft, a 34-inch, 31-ounce model.

• Both Javier Baez and Tommy La Stella are projected to be key parts of the bench. Maddon said he'll keep them busy in games depending on matchups. Baez can be used as both a pinch-hitter and pinch-runner.

La Stella, who has a career .327 on-base percentage, will be used more as a pinch-hitter.

"[La Stella] is one of those dudes who could get up at 3 o'clock in the morning and hit anything, he's that good of a hitter," Maddon said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Chicago Cubs