By Manny Randhawa/for Sports on Earth

When Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein called free agent Ben Zobrist last winter, he made it a point to discuss a specific aspect of Zobrist’s game that he wanted to bring to the North Side of Chicago.

“To provide a veteran example of having quality at-bats, taking your walks when you should,” Zobrist told Sports on Earth Saturday.

Even with a club that was tied for second in the Majors with a 9.1 percent walk rate in 2015, Epstein wasn’t satisfied. And as September nears, a high-flying Cubs offense is proving why its front-office architects wanted to push that figure higher.

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