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Friday, July 10, 2020

Articles tagged: Ian Happ

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 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.

Cubs writer promised to jump in Lake Michigan if Ian Happ led off season with HR

Fans of the long ball are going to love how Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ got the 2018 Major League Baseball season started for us on Thursday, but one person who covers the team may be staring hypothermia in the face before the day is over.

Happ, who was playing on an Opening Day roster for the first time in his young career, hit the first pitch he saw against Miami Marlins hurler Jose Urena into the upper deck in right field.

As luck would have it, Michael Cerami of Bleacher Nation said before the game that he would jump into Lake Michigan if Happ kicked off the season with a homer.

The water temperature in Lake Michigan is somewhere around 40 degrees this time of year, so that should be a lot of fun for Cerami. Of course, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson made an infamous promise about jumping in one of the Great Lakes last season, and fans are still waiting for him to follow through. Something tells us Cerami will beat him to it.

10 MLB players who are turning heads in spring training

Jason Kipnis

It’s hard to draw much of a conclusion from spring training. Players are all at different levels of fitness, some guys find hot streaks at the right time, and guys slug eight homers in two weeks and then are never heard from again.

Still, it’s worth taking a look at which players are off to a good spring start. As ever, small sample sizes are everywhere, and only so much should be drawn from these numbers. Still, it’s always best to get off to a good start, and that’s what these ten players have done.

1) Jason Kipnis, Indians

The Indians are still trying to figure out where Kipnis fits into their plans after Jose Ramirez displaced him as the team’s everyday second baseman. That’s not really Kipnis’ problem; his issue was convincing the team that he still has a part to play. He’s certainly done that so far. The two-time all-star has slugged six home runs in 17 spring at-bats, with 12 RBIs and a .529 average on top of it. The guy can still hit. Cleveland would be wise to find a spot on the diamond for him to do it.