Ever since the Chicago Cubs were eliminated in the 2017 National League Championship Series, Kyle Schwarber has been on a mission.
The Cubs’ power-hitting outfielder had an abysmal 2017 season, hitting just .211 with 30 home runs and 59 RBI, and he told ESPN in December that he was dedicating his offseason to training his body to be able to play all 162 games at an MVP level.
After four months of grueling work with trainer Yo Murphy, the 24-year-old showed up at Cubs spring training looking like a completely different person.
Here’s a photo of Schwarber from last season:
Now compare that to this video of Schwarber at Cubs spring training from Feb. 22.
The change isn’t as drastic as when Jake Arrieta shaved off his legendary beard, but it’s still shocking.
Schwarber will be a key cog in Joe Maddon’s lineup, and if his new frame can help improve his average and durability, the Cubs should be looking at a third straight NL Central crown.
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