Joe Maddon mulls 1-2 spots in order as Cubs open spring training

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Will the Cubs’ top acquisition of the winter, Jason Heyward, be the Opening Day leadoff hitter?

MESA, Ariz. – Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he’ll let the spring play out before making one of the few decisions he figures to have in camp: the 1-2 spots in a reconfigured top of his batting order.

Newcomers Ben Zobrist (a switch-hitter) and Jason Heyward (a lefty hitter) will occupy those spots either way, with Maddon likely setting the rest of the order according to his left-right-left-right-etc. preference.

“We need to decide on No. 1, and then everything will flow after that,” said Maddon, who plans to talk to the less familiar Heyward about what he likes. “So I keep an open mind. I have not written anything down in pen whatsoever.”

He also said he hasn’t decided how often he’ll bat the pitcher eighth this season.

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