Will Russell Return to Clark and Addison?

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune recently wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune, breaking news that the Cubs plan on assigning Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa before reinstating him to the Major League Roster. Russell was suspended 40 games by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.

Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, said that the decision was, “clearly a baseball decision,” before adding, “I don’t want to be misconstrued. Of course, there are other considerations.” Those ‘other considerations,’ are, presumably, the guidelines that the Cubs set out for Russell to follow to be reinstated to the team following the disturbing account of how he abused now ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

Currently in Triple-A Iowa, there is no way Addison Russell should find himself on the major league roster/Charlie Neibergall / AP

The problem with the Cubs is not that they are not allowing Addison Russell to return to the major league team right now. It is that they are even still considering it as an option in the future. Not only was Addison Russell a poor contributor to the offense for the past two seasons, hitting .245 with only 17 homeruns, but he is also not the type of person that should be allowed to wear the sacred blue and white pinstripes of the Chicago Cubs. This offseason, the Cubs signed Addison Russell to a one-year, 3.4 million-dollar deal. Theo Epstein and owner, Tom Ricketts, have long stressed the importance of having good ‘clubhouse guys’ on their team. That holds true with players like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward, etc., who have no off the field issues and contribute heavily in the Cubs Charities program or through charities of their own. However, Russell clearly is not a good person. He abused his ex-wife, and during press conferences, he seemed robotic and it seemed as if he were reading off of a script.

There should be absolutely no way that Addison Russell works his way back to the Chicago Cubs major league roster. Epstein has gone on the record saying that it is the team’s responsibility to help him through this situation because the abuse happened while he was a member of the Cubs. While that is true to an extent, it should not be the case where he gets rewarded by playing Major League Baseball as a job. Not only has he not contributed in a meaningful way in almost 2 years, but he has been nothing but a distraction to the team, and that will only continue if he gets reinstated. If he is present in the locker room of the Chicago Cubs ever again, Theo and Tom will have plenty of questions to answer, and it won’t just be from reporters. The fans will all have a very strong position as well.

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