Cubs P Adam Warren has a great “when I got traded” story

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Given today’s world of extremely excessive communication technology and ridiculous over-communication, it’s nearly impossible to actually go off the grid. Like the B-52’s “roam if you want to, roam around the world,” and you’ll find more and more roaming available.

The rise of texting and tweeting means that every single person can not only reach with minimal effort, they expect a response almost instantly.

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Albert Almora highlights Cubs non-roster spring invites

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The Chicago Cubs just released their list of non-roster invites to spring training, and uber-prospect Albert Almora headlines the list. 2015 was the breakthrough year for a whole host of Cubs super-prospects, and 2016 will be about seeing whether these players can avoid the dreaded sophomore slump or not. (Here’s the link to the Spring training schedule, broadcast times and key dates)

Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javy Baez, Addison Russell- these are all guys we’ve been talking about and anticipating for years ahead of their arrival onto the big league club.

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Chicago Cubs Spring Training: Schedule, Storylines, Key Dates

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It’s the most highly anticipated Chicago Cubs season in a generation. Believe it or not, the beginning of spring training is just around the corner. Here’s everything you need to know to get ready.

The “Lovable Losers” no more. That’s a moniker as passé as “Clemsoning” these days.

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Cubs P Clayton Richard schools clueless Michigan football fan

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Chicago Cubs Pitcher Clayton Richard wasn’t exactly the greatest player in Michigan football history. In 2004, he lost the starting quarterback position battle to Chad Henne. Richard was the Michigan Wolverines QB2 that year, but only saw action in mop-up duty. Clayton Richard saw some garbage time in blowouts over Miami (Ohio), Indiana, and Northwestern.

Richard, in total, attempted 15 passes for 8 completions and 52 yards passing. The Michigan football team finished 9-3 and ranked #12 in the final poll.

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Theo Epstein on Chicago Cubs offseason priorities

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In 2015, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein certainly lived up to his “smartest man in the room” reputation. There were certainly a whole lot of doubters about his master plan out there in 2014, but there were silenced with authority by a 97 win season capped off by a NLDS triumph over the hated rival St. Louis Cardinals.

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Jake Arrieta’s historical season could mean historical payday

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Jake Arrieta has a record breaking 0.75 ERA after the 2015 All-Star break. The Cubs ace and National League Cy Young Award Winner had a 1.77 ERA in 2015. Last year’s Cubs were just the second team in club history to win three NL season awards, with Arrieta taking home the Cy Young, Kris Bryant claiming the NL Rookie of the Year, and Joe Maddon winning NL Manager of the Year.

The 1984 team boasts Jim Frey (Manager of the year), Ryne Sandberg (MVP) and Rick Sutcliffe (Cy Young).

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Chicago Cubs hope to launch their own TV Network in 2019

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The Chicago Cubs will see their media rights return to them from WGN, ABC and Comcast in 2019. When their television broadcasting rights reopen, the team would be free to create a setup similar to the New York Yankees with YES Network; or the Boston Red Sox and NESN.

“It’s certainly something I’ve spoken a lot about as the world is changing dramatically and rather quickly as it relates to cable television- people shaving their cable bill, cutting it all together,” said Chicago Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney at the Cubs Convention this weekend.

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Wrigley Field, Cubs taking major new security measures

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In this horrifying new world of global terrorism, perhaps worst illustrated by the November Friday the 13th attacks in Paris (this past weekend saw another tragedy in Burkina Faso) public spaces are likely targets. That includes sports stadiums, and hence the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field as well.

It’s a scary world that we live in, and the Chicago Cubs are doing what they can to minimize threats from Al Qaeda, ISIS and other terrorists. Crane Kenny, Cubs President of Business Operations, told the Cubs Convention crowd today that the agenda for an upcoming Major League Baseball Owners meeting includes a briefing from the Director of Homeland Security. That’s never happened before!

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Ryne Sandberg returns to Cubs as club Ambassador

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It’s official, Ryne Sandberg or “Ryan Sandburg” as some Chicago Cubs “fans” refer to him, is returning to the club in an official capacity. Sandberg will be re-introduced tomorrow night as the Cubs new community and sponsor “Ambassador” during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Cubs Convention.

Ryne Sandberg assumes this post just seven months after resigning as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Zach Randolph tops 10 best interviews of 2015

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As we continue our 2015 “best of” series, The Sports Bank counts down the ten best interviews we did this past year. As I’ve said repeatedly, 99% of media interviews and press conferences are utterly worthless and completely pointless.

However, I probably did well over a thousand or two thousand media opps this past year because everything that follows is pure gold.

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Kris Bryant tailgates at Chicago Bears game (photos)

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Chicago Cubs third baseman and National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant was back in Chicago for the first time since he claimed the NL ROY award.

Bryant tailgated at Soldier Field this past Sunday before watching the Chicago Bears lose to the Washington Redskins in a club suite.

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Jason Heyward will relish opportunity to play CF for Cubs

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You know the story by now. 26 year-old Jason Heyward jumped ship from the St. Louis Cardinals in free agency and took less money to join their Central Division rivals, the Chicago Cubs.

Fans danced in the streets of Wrigleyville; then hydrated themselves with Cardinal fan tears.

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