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Ian Happ on his versatility, preparation as a switch hitter

4 years agoStaff Report

Cubs utility man Ian Happ joined Len Kasper and host Cole Wright on Cubs 360 Daily to discuss Happ’s versatility and how he prepares as a switch hitter for the season. 

During this time of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, the versatile Ian Happ is trying to stay prepared for anything on the diamond.  Happ believes that it is a big factor for the team to have options. Even with the possibility of a shortened season, it’s unclear how many players will be added to the roster. 

“It was definitely going to be different with a 26-man roster,” Happ said. “Now, we’re looking at somewhere between 28 and 30 probably. Just to be able to give guys a break if the universal DH is in play, that opens up some different spots. Just trying to let (manager David Ross) be as creative as possible and hopefully keep guys fresh during the kind of sprint instead of a marathon this year.”

Happ also discussed how he prepared as a switch hitter from both sides of the plate. 

“I try to take the same number of swings in my preparation and in batting practice,” Happ added. “It definitely is tough when you’re only getting a couple of right-handed at bats for a week or two weeks because you just see so many right-handed pitchers. Making sure that you’re getting enough practice, enough at bats that even if I’m not getting a right handed at bat, then I’m cranking the machine up or I’m getting a left-handed BP throwing in there. Visually, it is quite a change.”

Catch Cubs 360 Daily, presented by Miller Lite weeknights at 7:30 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network.

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