Cody Bellinger said he's excited to see the impact of Major League Baseball's new shift restrictions in action once the 2023 season gets underway.
"It just opens up a completely different part of the game," one of the newest Chicago Cubs additions said during a live taping Wednesday of "The Compound Podcast," hosted by teammate Ian Happ. "Your whole life, growing up, (if) you hit a line drive ... back (at the pitcher) ... that's a hit your whole life. In these last five years, it's an automatic out. ... There's a shortstop right there."
Bellinger, a left-handed hitter, added that getting the ball to shallow right field used to be a sure hit until third basemen started positioning themselves in the spot.
"Now you got Manny Machado standing right there catching everything," Bellinger said.