The 2012 Cubs Convention is Just Around the Corner

The 27th Annual Cubs Convention kicks off next Friday at the Chicago Hilton and some of the details were released on Thursday. This year’s convention will feature a lot of new faces … both in terms of the front office, the coaching staff and the players.

Theo Epstein will host his own session in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday morning and will be followed by ‘Meet Cubs Baseball Management‘ featuring Jed Hoyer, Randy Bush and Dale Sveum.

The Cubs new coaching staff will be on hand as well as several of the organization’s top prospects.

Here is a partial list of attendees as well as a portion of the schedule. The full schedule should be released over the weekend … but here is what is known at this point. The CCO will update when more information becomes available.

**NOTE: THIS IS NOT A COMPLETE SCHEDULE – SATURDAY IS A FULL DAY OF SESSIONS AND THE CCO WILL POST THE FULL SCHEDULE ONCE IT IS RELEASED**

Partial 2012 Cubs Convention Schedule

Friday, January 13th

  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm – Opening Ceremonies
  • 6:00pm – 6:45pm – Autograph Treasure Hunt
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Sports Night Live with Dave Kaplan and Brian Noonan … the two hour show will be simulcast on 720 WGN
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm – Cubs Bingo

Saturday, January 14th

  • 9:00am – 10:00am – Behind the Scenes with Theo Epstein
  • 10:00am – 11:00am – WGN Radio’s Meet Cubs Baseball Management featuring Jed Hoyer, Randy Bush and Dale Sveum
  • 4:00pm – 6:50pm – Saturday Sport Central – Dave Kaplan and Brian Noonan simulcast on 720 WGN

Saturday Sessions include:

  • Player Development: From the Dominican Republic to Mesa – featuring Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo and Jeff Samardzija
  • From the Field to the Booth – featuring Bob Brenly, Gary Matthews, Todd Hollandsworth, Keith Moreland, Rick Sutcliffe and Dave Otto
  • For Kids Only Press Conference – featuring Darwin Barney, Tony Campana, Reed Johnson, Todd Walker and David DeJesus
  • Ron Santo: Beyond the Game – featuring Pat Hughes, the Santo family, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley and Billy Williams
  • Coaches Den – featuring Dale Sveum, Jamie Quirk, Chris Bosio, Dave McKay, Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode and Bob Brenly
  • Outside the Foul Lines – featuring Tony Campana, Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto and Randy Wells
  • The Ricketts’ Family Forum
  • When Super Fans Unite – featuring Bobby Dernier, Gary Matthews, Lee Smith and Keith Moreland
  • The Scouting Formula – featuring Jason McLeod, Oneri Fleita, Tim Wilken and Joe Bohringer
  • Meet Cubs Business Management – featuring Crane Kenney, Wally Hayward, Mike Lufrano, Carl Rice, Colin Faulkner, Alex Sugarman and Jahaan Blake

Sunday, January 15th

  • 9:15am – 10:15am – The Father-Son Connection – featuring Shawon Dunston, Shawon Dunston, Jr., Bob Brenly, Michael Brenly, Keith Lockhart and Daniel Lockhart
  • 10:45am – 11:45am – Down on the Farm presented by VineLine with Oneri Fleita and Tim Wilken – featuring Jeff Beliveau, Brett Jackson, Junior Lake, Matt Szczur and Josh Vitters

The CCO will have first hand daily recaps of this year’s convention….for the seventh consecutive year.

Scheduled attendees for the 27th Cubs Convention

  • Ernie Banks
  • Darwin Barney
  • Glenn Beckert
  • Jeff Beliveau
  • Joe Bohringer
  • Chris Bosio
  • Bob Brenly
  • Michael Brenly
  • Randy Bush
  • Marlon Byrd
  • Chris Carpenter
  • Andrew Cashner
  • Starlin Castro
  • Tony Campana
  • Welington Castillo
  • David DeJesus
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Bobby Dernier
  • Shawon Dunston
  • Shawon Dunston, Jr.
  • Theo Epstein
  • Oneri Fleita
  • Todd Hollandsworth
  • Jed Hoyer
  • Pat Hughes
  • Randy Hundley
  • Brett Jackson
  • Rudy Jaramillo
  • Ferguson Jenkins
  • Reed Johnson
  • Len Kasper
  • Junior Lake
  • Daniel Lockhart
  • Keith Lockhart
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Gary Matthews
  • Dave McKay
  • Jason McLeod
  • Keith Moreland
  • Dave Otto
  • Jamie Quirk
  • Laura Ricketts
  • Pete Ricketts
  • Todd Ricketts
  • Tom Ricketts
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • The Santo family
  • Judd Sirott
  • Lee Smith
  • Geovany Soto
  • Ian Stewart
  • Lester Strode
  • Rick Sutcliffe
  • Dale Sveum
  • Matt Szcur
  • Josh Vitters
  • Chris Volstad
  • Todd Walker
  • Randy Wells
  • Billy Williams
  • Tim Wilken
  • Kerry Wood
  • Travis Wood

With all of the new faces, the Ricketts family should probably think about handing out name badges to the coaching staff and players. Weekend passes are still available on Cubs.com and this year’s passes feature a collage of Wrigley Field photos.

The CCO will post the complete schedule and list of attendees when they are made available.

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  • Aaron

    I have to say that after hearing Epstein’s explanation (ie.-about the players saying they wouldn’t accept him back), I totally get the trade now. From what I was hearing, players were skeptical, but willing to give him a chance, etc., but the fact that it was almost unanimous on the team…well…it seems that Volstad was a decent return.

    It still sucks, as Olney pointed out, because between Bradley, Zambrano, Fukudome, and Soriano…with a whole lot of sunk costs between them, the Cubs got absolutely nothing, while paying a king’s ransom for them all.

    Bradley=Silva
    *net loss…could be gain, depending how you see it, with getting rid of the head case

    Zambrano=Volstad
    *net loss…Zambrano is the far superior pitcher, even at his worst he’s still the better pitcher, but like Bradley, getting rid of the head case could be a gain

    Fukudome=Abreu, Smith
    *wash…Fukudome was terrible last year for the Cubs, and was headed to an MLB record for fewest RBI among a full-time player before he was traded. Smith is likely out of affiliated ball next year, and Abreu will never hit enough to stick…overall, it’s a wash

    Soriano=TBD
    *If there’s one thing we all might be able to agree with regarding Epstein’s intentions, is that if you read between the lines, you can see what he’s thinking about doing next. Better defense, taking more pitches, working counts, etc., well…all that basically says is guys like Soriano, Byrd, and Barney aren’t valued, and all 3 could be on the block.

  • Dorasaga

    This is another year to remember Phil Caverretta, a MVP with the Cubs, the first baseman powered the 1945 team to the World Series.

    Phil passed away two weeks after Ron.

  • CUBS 31

    Will Bill Buckner be at the Convention?  Was hoping there would be more names from the past besides Beckert, Hundley, Banks, Williams, etc.  What about Milt Pappas?  Burt Hooten?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Pappas is usually there but I have not seen him on a list for this year. With Buckner being back in the organization, I would think he would be there. Like Pappas, I have not seen him on a list.

  • Joanne

    I’d like to go this weekend and bring my 10 year old.  He’s really into the Cubs.  I am sure he’ll listen to any of the speakers but he’ll really want some autographs.  Does anyone know how they’re set-up for autographs?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      There is a schedule and a time frame for each player to sign. The schedule and location is handed out when you register for the convention. The lines can be extremely long depending on the player. The bigger name players, past and present, are by scratch and win only. When you register for the convention you are given a scratch and win card that will allow you to stand in the line and wait for an autograph.

      Hope this helps.