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Ian Happ named National League Player of the Week

Something to build on for the future.

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The Cubs are headed home for the winter, but one player’s taking home a bit of hardware with him.

Ian Happ was named National League Player of the Week for the final week of the 2019 season.

Happ hit .455/.500/1.136 (1.636 OPS) during the team’s season-ending road trip to Pittsburgh and St. Louis. He went 10-for-22 with three doubles and four home runs.

Unfortunately, that helped lead to only two wins in the six games, but Happ at last showed some of the promise that had the Cubs select him in the first round (ninth overall) in 2015.

I’m not sure what the Cubs’ plans are for him. He could wind up as trade bait, or maybe become a Ben Zobrist type super-utility guy. He turned 25 in August, so he could be entering his best seasons.

Here’s the first of his two home runs in St. Louis Saturday night. [VIDEO]

Congratulations to Ian on this honor. He’s the second Cub to win Player of the Week this year — in fact, the second this month. Kris Bryant won it for the week of September 9-15. And yet, the Cubs went 11-16 in September. Go figure.