MESA, Ariz. (AP) - There is one distinct message new manager Rick Renteria plans to deliver when the Chicago Cubs gather for their first full squad workout on Wednesday.
It has to do with high expectations - and embracing them.
Renteria says players ''shouldn't fear'' them.
The idea of the Cubs having high expectations might be a bit jarring given their recent struggles, not to mention that cursed championship drought dating to 1908. They're coming off their fourth straight losing season, and with management's eyes geared more toward the future than a quick fix, a big jump does not appear to be at hand.
It's more about development now, laying the foundation and getting the most out of the young players.
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