Javier Baez admits he was one of several Cubs who weren't totally ready before games: 'You can lose in the first inning'

MESA, Ariz. — Javier Baez has emerged as one of the most dominant forces in the National League during the last three seasons, and the dazzling shortstop is adamant about helping set a tone to prevent more lapses that led to the Cubs’ disappointing 2019 season and Joe Maddon’s departure.Baez admitted Sunday he was part of a group that took advantage of individual pregame work that led to sluggish starts and uncharacteristic errors that were common in the 2019 season.And after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014, Baez has completely bought into President Theo Epstein’s mission fo…

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