How the Golf Course Helps the Chicago Cubs Pitching Staff

Thursday May 19th, 2016
Cubs Manager Joe Maddon thinks it is good for his pitching staff to find competitive arenas outside of baseball during their off days, like the golf course.
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The Chicago Cubs have the best record in baseball, and some of the most avid golfers in the sport are behind it.

The Cubs pitching staff, which has led the team to a 28-10 record so far this year, makes plenty of room for golf in their off days, according to an article from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune. Greenstein details how the likes of Jake Arrietta, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel take to the fairways as a competitive release from the pitching mound.

"It's a stress reliever," Arrieta told Greenstein, "and it's something fun to do with a group of guys--get out early on the road and whack it around a bit and try to shoot under 90."

As long as no one gets hurt and the wins keep steadily rolling in, manager Joe Maddon seems fully on board.

"To play every five days is kind of boring," Maddon told Greenstein. "You have to fill in the blank spaces somehow. There's a form of competition involved, a form of focus. There's the relaxation component. And just pure enjoyment."

Check out the full report from the Chicago Tribune here.

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