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Cubs now a much more balanced team

Past October failures push Cubs to get more left-handed in their lineup

Originally Published: March 9, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella took a stab at self-improvement this offseason when he picked up motivational books by Tony Dungy and John Wooden. But in the never-ending quest to improve his team, he also sought the kind of balance that can't be found through Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" or Dungy's "Quiet Strength."

It's a balance better achieved by inserting Milton Bradley directly between Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez in the batting order.

Five months after ...

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