CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A mental reset button was what it took for 25-year-old Chicago Cubs’ infielder Filipino American, Addison Russell, to convince team officials to promote him back to the big leagues, three weeks after being demoted to the minors.
Prior to sending Russell to Triple-A Iowa due to focus-related issues on the field, Russell just came back from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
“I felt like I got back to the original me. Playing on a consistent basis, I think, had a lot to do with it. I was able to hone in on my approach and just play the type of baseball that I know how to play.”
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said he does not like delivering bad news, such as a demotion, but it has to be done.
“Whenever you do it, nobody’s liking that. The player doesn’t like it. I don’t like having to deliver the message. But I’ve been through it enough to know that at the other side of it, when they come back, they almost always will concede that it was the right thing to do. I feel good about it.”
Leah Famular has been a fan of Russell since his Oakland Athletics’ days, Russell’s first MLB team. She remains hopeful and positive that Russell will improve from here on.
After all, Russell, the Cub’s second baseman and shortstop was an All-Star who helped the team win the World Series back in 2016.
“Naniniwala ako na puwede siya uli gumaling as long as binigyan siya ng second chance ng Cubs organization, anyone can come back. Lalo na ‘yung kakayahan niya from winning the World Series few years ago.”
Cubs is currently in second place in the National League Central Division, half a game behind St. Louis Cardinals with only 37 games left in the regular season.