CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Social media comments spiked for baseball fans yesterday as news broke that Chicago Cubs’ infielder Fil-Am Addison Russell was officially being sent to the minor leagues, with Triple-A Iowa.
After coming back from a 40-game suspension issued last season by the MLB, due to a domestic violence case against him, the 25-year old Fil-Am has been struggling on the field — making errors on the bases, in fielding, and in catching.
Russell, who helped the Cubs win the World Series in 2016, was known for his infield defense.
Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, believes that this demotion will benefit Russell in the long run.
“We just need him to get back to the player that he had been. I talked to him inside there and just go back to mental clock, ’15…. ’16 what he did for this organization. How important he was to the ’15 success and what he did in ’16, into the playoffs. He had great playoffs and World Series so that’s the Addison we’re used to seeing.”
Die-hard Cubs fans were vocal about how they feel towards this issue.
“Huwag natin kalimutan kung ano ang nai-ambag ni Addison Russell sa World Series nung 2016.”
“When a door closes, another one opens.”
“Alam mo naman sa sports, importante ang performance.”
BA has reached out to Russell and his family for a comment, which has not been returned.