Cubs Convention News: TV Deal Talk, Bryce Harper Speculation, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber

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During a Cubs Convention session entitled “Business Operations Update,” team President Crane Kenney perfectly articulated just how much the organization’s expectations have changed.  The goal used to be “winning a World Series,” now it’s “winning the World Series,” as Kenney put it. 

He then listed off a few noteworthy facts. Having now reached the past three NLCS, the last time the Cubs made the postseason three years in a row was from 1906-08.  Their 292 wins over the last three seasons is the most in Major League Baseball. Over the past 15 years, the 2017 Cubs were the only defending World Series champion to win their division the next year.  [Read more…]

Update on Wrigley Field Renovations and The Park Additions for 2018

 

As expected, the 33rd edition of the annual Cubs Convention was a sell out, drawing over 10,000 attendees. Once again, the Wrigley Field renovations were a hot discussion topic, as each year new information is disseminated by Cubs President Crane Kenney at the annual fan gathering during the “Business Operations Update.”

Traditionally, this is the most informational and news-worthy session of the weekend, but it’s definitely not one that kids would be very interested in. Perhaps that’s why the Kids Only Press Conference takes place at the exact same time.

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Cubs Convention 2018: Andre Dawson Appearance a Hot Discussion Topic

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“The Hawk” Andre Dawson may be the headliner of the 2018 Chicago Cubs Convention, as his presence at this event could signal a return to the organization. And in what capacity might that be?

For now, the Cubs are keeping it under wraps, but perhaps some clues might surface during the Welcome Back panel on Saturday late afternoon. Dawson won the NL MVP award his first year with the Cubs in 1987, and went into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.Derrek Lee, Juan Pierre and Carlos Zambrano are among the other Cubs alumni who will be a part of that session.

Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will also all be appearing at the 33rd edition of the event.

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Hosting a Local Sports Franchise Made Easy

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By John O’Leary

If there is anything that hits close to home with the lovely, old American Dream it is the notion of owning a sports team. Heck – legendary billionaire George Steinbrenner reportedly purchased the New York Yankees baseball team using just $5,000 of his own money, the rest wheedled from investors and borrowed from banks. He then let the profits from the team pay back these schlubs and then he owned the team pretty much outright. That’s how Steinbrenner purchased, arguably, the most iconic American sports franchise, the all-but-omniscient Bronx Bombers.

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Leeann Tweeden Media Bio Includes Playboy, Hooters, L.A. Angels, FOX News

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Leeann Tweeden has been an internet and Google image search favorite for a very long time, but she’s burning up the SEO today due to the accusations that she has made against Senator and former comedian Al Franken. Tweeden maintains that Franken groped and kissed her without consent in 2006. 

Franken has issued a public apology and explanation of his actions.

He’s also called for an ethics investigation on himself.

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Is 2018 the Year Red Sox Legend Luis Tiant Gets Into Cooperstown?

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By John O’Leary photo credit

If there’s one question on most baseball fan’s lips this year, it must be: will 2018 be the year that Sox legend Luis Tiant is inducted into the hall of fame? If this happens, we could all be heading out to Cooperstown, N.Y. to celebrate the event.

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Softball Or Baseball? Which Is The Better Sport?

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By John O’Leary

When it comes to all-American sports, two major big hitters that come to mind are baseball and softball. To the untrained eye, these are pretty similar beasts that each involve running around a diamond after a ball has been pitched and hit. However, it is the subtleties that make these two great sports worthy of being two different entities. When it comes down to which is better, both softball and baseball have their champions. Take a look at the analysis below and decide for yourself which is the better all-American sport.

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Mike Pence, Donald Trump Sports “Boycott” Inspiring Wagering Now

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At this point, anyone who’s been paying attention and possesses a basic adult human intellect realizes that Mike Pence was simply pulling a blatant publicity stunt at last Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Upon “leaving in disgust” at the national anthem protests, Pence then commenced a twitter storm which consisted of obviously pre-planned statements and talking points.

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Kyle Schwarber: Why Cubs Fans Irrationally Love Him So

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber hasn’t contributed anything yet to the National League Division Series, as he didn’t play in game two, and went 0-3 with two Ks in game one. The numbers and statistics show that he’s due soon. Perhaps that impact comes today in game three versus the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.

It’s possible we could see a SCHWARBOMB! or a SCHWARBLAST!  from the SCHWARBEAST! tonight. more than any other Cub, he can inspire the ALL CAPS hockey style tweets.

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Yanks Slugger Aaron Judge a “Paul Bunyan Type Figure” Says Adnan Virk

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It took 30 years but the Major League Baseball rookie season home run record was finally smashed by the New York Yankees Aaron Judge. It’s pretty amazing that the benchmark lasted three decades when you consider that it survived the steroid era.

Judge socked 52 homers, eclipsing the mark set by Mark McGwire, the man whose 1999 appearance on The Simpsons perfectly embodies what the Yanks youngster might just mean to MLB.

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Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals NLDS Preview with Mark Gonzales

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The postseason will soon be upon us as the Chicago Cubs visit the Washington Nationals for game one of the National League Division Series Friday night. With us to preview the NLDS is the Chicago Tribune’s Cubs beat writer, Mark Gonzales.

Keep up with his work at this link, follow him on Twitter here (@MDGonzales). There are numerous storylines to this series, first and foremost would be injuries to the top of the rotations guys on both teams.

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Chicago Cubs Keys to NLDS Victory via Baseball Tonight’s Adnan Virk

 

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Adnan Virk wears many hats in his role at ESPN, one of which was host of Baseball Tonight. Virk was gracious enough to join us on The TSB Show to Preview the Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals National League Division Series.

We also discussed New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, the Major League Baseball Postseason in general, the L.A. Dodgers, Nats, Clayton Kershaw and so much more. We even briefly touched on some NFL and political topics.

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