Kyle Schwarber plans to be a full-time left fielder, not a DH


Kyle Schwarber’s 2018 defensive improvements were immediately forgotten last week when speculation surfaced about the National League eventually adopting the designated hitter and saddling the Cubs’ left-handed slugger with that role.

“I always take pride in my defense,” Schwarber said Monday after shagging flies in left field and hitting balls to all fields with authority — one week before the Cubs’ first full-squad workout.

“Last year I made good strides out there. A lot of valuable stuff was learned from (coach) Will Venable and all of our fielders, and I’ve got to transfer that over to this year and take in more information from them and learn as much as I can. The more I can pay attention and watch those guys, the better I can get.”

Improved mobility, the result of considerable weight loss, helped Schwarber record 11 outfield assists last year — tying him for…



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