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Sport Dexter Fowler returns from paternity leave and responds to ‘effort’ comments

03:30  06 july  2018
03:30  06 july  2018 Source:   sbnation.com

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On Monday, while Dexter Fowler was on paternity leave , Cardinals executive John Mozeliak questioned his effort and desire to play during his weekly radio hit. Questionable, to say the least. Upon his return from paternity leave , Fowler responded to the comments . He was not happy.

The comments caused an uproar earlier on Monday. Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak thinks his down year is directly tied to Fowler ’s effort on the field, and he wasn’t afraid to comment about that publicly before even going to Fowler directly and discussing his concerns.

He did not take them well. 

On Monday, while Dexter Fowler was on paternity leave, Cardinals executive John Mozeliak questioned his effort and desire to play during his weekly radio hit. He later walked the comments back (semi-unconvincingly) and said he and Fowler touched base, and that he understood that the comments were more about the entire team and collective malaise rather than Fowler specifically.

Questionable, to say the least.

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In February, outfielder Dexter Fowler surprised everyone—including his own teammates—by re-upping with the Chicago Cubs on a one-year deal. Many expected Fowler to leave Chicago a year ago. Fowler responded by putting together the best season of his career. His 4.7 wins above replacement

Fowler is currently on the paternity list. Fowler was placed on the paternity list Monday as his wife prepares to give birth to their second child, so he's not even around the team to speak to the And it certainly is not something that should be made public when the player is away on paternity leave .

Upon his return from paternity leave, Fowler responded to the comments. He was not happy.

Not to read too much into the “up and down” piece of that, that almost seems generous to a fan base that has driven him and his wife off Twitter and been unnecessarily harsh about his contributions. He also said his “effort has always been there.”

Thankfully, it seems like his teammates are standing with him in the face of rough comments coming from a front office executive while he was away from the team. Whether you agree or disagree with Mozeliak’s words, Fowler has every right to be upset about them. And if that frustration helps turn his season around somehow, proving the doubters on the team wrong, then even better.

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