Early in the 2018-19 offseason, I wrote an article headlined ‘The Cubs should part ways with Addison Russell.’
I wrote another similar article headlined ‘The Cubs need to cut ties with Addison Russell’ a month later, after the Cubs had tendered him a 2019 contract, when there were new revelations in his domestic violence case.
The first link above contains this quote from an article in The Athletic:
The Cubs understand that a conditional return would be controversial and unpopular and could backfire in a way that alienates fans and again embarrasses the franchise.
That did, unfortunately, wind up happening when manager Joe Maddon handled questions about the situation poorly and Russell stammered his way through a news conference at spring training. It just wasn’t a good look and it was so unnecessary.
The Cubs kept Russell in the minor leagues until his suspension ended in early May. He hit reasonably well in his first 21 games after he returned to the majors, .288/.344/.508 (17-for-59) with four home runs. Then his hitting fell off the table and he went through a 5-for-39 slump. He was sent back to Iowa in mid-July after having made some bad defensive choices that…