The Chicago Cubs are very clearly not going to release Addison Russell for off-field reasons, regardless of how much flack they may take for standing pat despite the infielder's domestic violence allegations.
However, Russell's on-field production no longer backs up his presence on the major league roster, as several mental lapses in Saturday's game has him on thin ice with manager Joe Maddon.
Maddon on Addison Russell: “He has to straighten some things out. He has to. There’s no question.”— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) July 20, 2019
Russell had himself an awful day at the ballpark, as the list of wrongdoings on the diamond itself is grounds for a couple of unscheduled days off. The 25-year-old failed to advance on a wild pitch, was doubled off at second base on a line drive, lost a pop-up in the sun, failed to score on a ground ball which should've resulted in an easy run and threw his bat in the stands on a strikeout.
That's quite the laundry list, and Maddon has every right to be furious, as do Cubs fans.
Russell must clean up his act and fast, as Maddon suggests. If not, Chicago might not be willing to take the PR hit much longer.