Cubs' Javier Baez draws comparisons to Bears great Gale Sayers after his latest magical move

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Manager Joe Maddon said third-base coach Brian Butterfield compared Baez to Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers because of his shifty moves.

"It was Javy-esque, Javy-like," Maddon said. "I'm here, then I'm gone. Pretty entertaining.

"There's no fear in his game. He sees things in advance, and he's fearless."

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts protested that Baez was out of the base line, but Maddon thought the play "looked kind of clean" after watching a replay.

Baez's heads-up play occurred two days after admitted he didn't hustle on a deep drive to right-center that eventually went for an RBI triple in the sixth inning of a 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

"I hit a fly, and it was sunny," Baez recalled. "The outfielder almost missed the ball and I barely got to first. "(The coaches) came to me, and they're right. They told me about the sun in Chicago, and I should run.


"It only makes me better. They don't want to show me up. They just want to make me better, and it's true."

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