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Chicago Cubs fail to make noise at this year’s Cubs Convention

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 18: Jake Arrieta<p>This year, Chicago Cubs fans attending the team’s annual winter fan fest expected a surprise – but got nothing …

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Free Agent Profile: Alex Cobb

<b>Alex Cobb</b> looked every bit the part of a rising star in the Rays’ rotation before Tommy John surgery wiped him out for nearly two full seasons. His …

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Questions from the Crowd: Joe Maddon

Young Cubs fan Nolan had the opportunity to ask manager Joe Maddon a question at the 2018 Cubs Convention. Joe gave a personalized response.

Leadoff spot, lack of pitching and Joe Maddon's hair: Takeaways from the Cubs Convention

At the second Cubs Convention 31 years ago, broadcaster Harry Caray walked around the lobby of the downtown Hyatt Regency shouting, “Where’s the bar?”<p>The big news was that Ryne Sandberg had grown a mustache.<p>Gary Matthews was busy lobbying the media for the Cubs to sign “my good friend Andre …

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Cubs Convention 'colorful' in more ways than one (looking at you, Willson Contreras)

Cubs fans got a lot of face time this year from some of the team’s biggest stars, who played up their starring roles at this year’s convention. Here’s a recap of some of the highlights.<p><b>An addition to the lineup</b><p>Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber helped Cubs fans Jennifer and …

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Chili Davis Hopes Patience, Preparation Brings Best Out Of Cubs Hitters

<b>By Chris Emma–</b><p><b>CHICAGO (670 The Score) —</b> Chili Davis is quite aware that there’s only so much a hitting coach can do in the big leagues, where it all …

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Cubs know waiting for Bryce Harper and next winter's insane free-agent class is affecting baseball's offseason

You might have heard that baseball’s offseason has been slow. Dreadfully slow. Drive-you-crazy slow.<p>What’s the deal?<p>Well, one theory is that teams …

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Paul Sullivan: What is Joe Maddon's slogan for 2018 season? Cubs can't wait

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once dubbed "the ambassador of all good times" by former Rays pitcher Jamey Wright, alluding to Maddon's ability to keep …

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NL Central Notes: Colome, Cardinals, Holland, Pirates, Cutch, Maddon

Some rumblings from around the NL Central…<p>The <b>Cardinals</b> were linked to <b>Rays</b> closer <b>Alex Colome</b> in trade rumors earlier this winter, though two sources …

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Plenty of quips and quotes keep Cubs Convention entertaining and lively

Another Cubs convention has come and gone, and my oh my, they certainly have evolved over the years.<p>We've gone from fans nearly in tears at the idea …

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MORRISSEY: A good start might make all the difference for the Cubs this season

I waited until May 8, 2017, to remind the Cubs that the 2016 season was over and that the merrymaking should stop once and for all. I thought waiting …

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New Pitching Coach Jim Hickey Ready To Get Cubs Back On Track

When Joe Maddon arrived in Chicago in December 2014, he inherited a pitching coach in Chris Bosio who had been with the organization for three years. …

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Wrigley renovations continue with new food options inside, outside park

The Cubs will provide their fans with more appetizing alternatives, even on days the team doesn’t fare well.<p>Barbecue and taco restaurants will open near Wrigley Field around the time the adjacent Hotel Zachary opens April 9, the date of the Cubs’ home opener. A newer version of the McDonald’s …

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“Teammate” Has Found Its Grandpa Rossy

<b>According to reports</b> out of Chicago’s annual Cubs Caravan, Jon Bernthal has been brought in to play the team’s former catcher. Bernthal is best known …

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Chicago Cubs News: Schwarber to lead off? Sosa to the HOF?

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 19: Kyle Schwarber<p>It would seem that the Chicago Cubs might have learned their lesson. Then again, maybe not. Could Joe Maddon …

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Crane Kenney on Cubs' TV rights and new demand: 'It's a great time to be us'

Two massive media mergers that could be completed this year might have the Cubs in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the …

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2018 Cubs Convention: Coaching staff update

Len Kasper moderated an entertaining discussion with the Cubs coaching staff this morning. The conversation covered a lot of ground from specific …

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Chicago Cubs: Healthy Addison Russell an X-Factor for Cubs

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 17: Addison Russell<p>Chicago Cubs shortstop, Addison Russell, mired in on-field, and off-field adversity in 2017, can regain …

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Chicago Cubs: Kris Bryant sets record in first-year arbitration

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)<p>The Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant set a record for a first-year player with a $10.85 million contract. This topped that …

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MORRISSEY: Trying to come to grips with the new-look Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber looks like you and me now. Well, at least you, provided you’re svelte and toned and on a diet that sticks its nose up in the air at …

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Chicago Cubs' Ricketts says Sosa, others "owe us a little bit of honesty"

The question about Sammy Sosa being welcomed back to the Cubs comes up every year at the team's convention.<p>With Carlos Zambrano -- another prodigal …

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All's quiet for Cubs at fan convention

There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.<p>Not even close.<p>The Chicago Cubs …

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10 under-the-radar free agents the Cubs could look at

A minor league deal or two couldn’t hurt.We all know the big-name free agents the Cubs are looking at, particularly starting pitchers.Last week, BCB …

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Levine: For Cubs' Kyle Schwarber, Size Matters

<b>Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber.</b><i>(Jon Durr/Getty Images)</i><p><b>By Bruce Levine–</b><p><b>(670 The Score)</b> — Upon first seeing Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber at the …

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At convention, re-energized Cubs say they're ready for 2018

With that "World Series hangover" no longer hanging over the Cubs this year, it's onward to 2018.<p>That seemed to be the collective mindset Friday …

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Watch Ryan Dempster hilariously destroy Cubs, Joe Maddon during charity roast

Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster stole the show at Anthony Rizzo’s “Laugh Off for Cancer” charity roast Thursday at Studio Paris.<p>Filling in for …

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Best team ever? The 2018 Astros could be one piece away

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Think of the best baseball team you've ever seen. Not an All-Star team or your dream fantasy lineup, but a real …

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Cubs promote Scott Harris to assistant general manager

The Cubs adjusted their front office Thursday with two promotions and the creation of a new position.<p>Scott Harris was promoted to assistant general manager after five seasons as director of baseball operations. Harris worked for the Washington Nationals (2008), Cincinnati Reds (2010) and also …

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon thinks adding starter won't hurt Mike Montgomery's morale

With starting pitching representing the main focus of the Cubs’ offseason, there could be one significant residual effect if they add another to their rotation.<p>That would be the status of versatile left-hander Mike Montgomery, who has expressed a preference to start.<p>But manager Joe Maddon, who …

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Chicago Cubs manager Maddon comfortable with revamped bullpen

Bullpens are the trickiest part of a baseball team for every manager in the big leagues. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon will have a revamped relief …

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