Why the Cubs fired their team psychologist

Why the Cubs fired their team psychologist
March 17, 2014, 4:30 pm
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CSN Staff

The Cubs decided this winter they were going to part ways with team psychologist Marc Strickland. But it had nothing to do with team performance.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune dug up the reasons for Strickland's departure and it turns out Strickland was more of a superfan than a Cubs employee.

He wore Cubs official apparel, had his own locker at Wrigley Field and on the road, was on the field playing catch and shagging balls during batting practice and even hung out by the dugout after the game, doling out fist-bumps.

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As you could imagine, people never understood why Strickland had the same amenities as the players, something that rubbed some of the Cubs the wrong way.

"[Strickland] didn't really work with guys," outfielder Nate Schierholtz told Sullivan. "He was just kind of around, watching over people. You never spoke to him or had any real in-depth conversations about psychology and baseball."

Employing a team psychologist is actually common around Major League Baseball. The White Sox have one, though they said they wouldn't allow him to be a part of the team the way Strickland was with the Cubs.

"No, he's a doctor," general manager Rick Hahn said.

It's a fascinating read, examining what a sports psychologist does for teams and the purpose they serve for players.