After hitting .171 in 64 games this season for the Cubs, Kyle Schwarber was demoted to Triple-A Iowa last week.
Instead of griping about the move and pointing to his past MLB production, the 24-year-old humbly accepted the change.
“The numbers spoke for themselves,” Schwarber said Monday, via ESPN.com. “It’s part of the game. You’ve got to learn how to fail to be the best. A lot of good players have gone through this.”
Schwarber had solid power numbers this season with 12 homers and 28 RBIs, but he struck out 40 times in his past 129 at-bats and was hitting .143 against left-handed pitching.
Now off the defending champs big-league roster, Schwarber needs to rediscover what made him a Chicago star in 2015.
“It’s an opportunity to relax and get back to being myself and try and get back up there,” he said.
Schwarber went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in his first game with Iowa, a 1-0 loss to the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Monday.
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