Joe Maddon admits Ian Happ was not happy after surprising demotion
The Chicago Cubs made the decision to send outfielder Ian Happ to the minor leagues on Saturday, a move that surprised even the player himself.
Happ, who hit 15 home runs for the Cubs last season, will start the year in AAA, and manager Joe Maddon admitted the player was very upset by the move.
Happ apparently quite unhappy w decision. From Maddon: He's not happy & he shouldn't be happy. He was surprised. Asked if he calmed down by end of convo: That's pretty personal, I don't want to share that. He wasn't happy. We didn't want it to be that and we did not expect that
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) March 24, 2019
Happ has been more or less a regular for two years, and has provided some memorable moments, even if inadvertently. It comes as a shock to see him sent down even if he did hit just .135 in spring.