Day Three of the 2014 Cubs Convention: Down on the Farm

After being entertained for an hour by Bobby Dernier, Tim Stoddard, Steve Trout, Jay Johnstone, Rick Sutcliffe, Gary Matthews, Scott Sanderson and Lee Smith talking about the ’84 season, the 2014 Cubs Convention wrapped up with the Sunday staple … Down on the Farm. Jason McLeod, Jaron Madison, Blake Parker, Justin Grimm, Dave Otto and […]

Day Two of the 2014 Cubs Convention: Welcome the Cubs New Skipper Rick Renteria

Rick Renteria and a majority of his coaching staff were on hand for the second session on Saturday afternoon. Rick Renteria, Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Bill Mueller (hitting coach), Mike Brumley (assistant hitting coach), Gary Jones (third base coach), Eric Hinske (first base coach), Jose Castro (quality assurance coach) and Mike […]

Day Two of the 2014 Cubs Convention: Cubs Business Operations Update

Crane Kenney and his business operations department was the first session of the afternoon. The Cubs President of Business Operations provided updates on the team’s finances, the TV and radio contracts and the Wrigley Field Restoration project. The Cubs’ contracts with WGN TV and Radio expire after the 2014 season. Crane Kenney is expecting to […]

Day Two of the 2014 Cubs Convention: Meet Cubs Baseball Management

Meet Cubs Baseball Management was next up on Saturday with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Rick Renteria and assistant general managers Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman. Theo Epstein stated during the session the Cubs are not done adding players to the roster this off-season. The Cubs are “always looking to add impact players at the right […]

It’s Time for the 29th Annual Cubs Convention

Harry Caray referred to the Cubs Convention as the “Unofficial Opening Day” and most call the convention the “Kick Off to Spring Training.” But the bottom line is Cubs pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in 27 days (Feb. 13) and baseball is just around the corner. The 2014 Cubs Convention begins Friday at […]

The 2014 Cubs Convention is Right Around the Corner

The 29th Annual Cubs Convention begins in just over two weeks (Friday, Jan. 17  – Sunday, Jan. 19). For the second year the gathering will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Some of the details have been released along with a partial list of Cubs’ players both past and present, management and front […]

The Cubs and Stats Sunday

Several of the traditional baseball stats can no longer tell the entire story about a player’s production … and that was the theme for Stats Sunday with Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies and Bob Vorwald. Len Kasper introduced Stats Sunday to the Cubs’ broadcasts last season and brought non-traditional statistics to Cubs’ broadcasts. Baseball is a […]

Day Three of the 2013 Cubs Convention … Down on the Farm

The Cubs minor league system was front and center on Sunday morning at the Cubs Convention with the ever-popular “Down on the Farm” session. VineLine once again hosted the hour-long Q & A that featured Jason McLeod, Brandon Hyde, Joe Bohringer, Josh Vitters and Chris Rusin. Brandon Hyde replaced Oneri Fleita as the Cubs Director […]

Day Two of the 2013 Cubs Convention … Wrigley Field Restoration

The most anticipated session of the weekend focused on the restoration plans for Wrigley Field … and the Cubs did not disappoint. The five year project, that will take place during the off-season, will cost around $300 million and the Ricketts family is prepared to fund the restoration project. The Cubs are still looking for […]

Day Two of the 2013 Cubs Convention … Dale Sveum and the Coaching Staff

Dale Sveum and his coaching staff were next up on Saturday. Sveum was joined by Jamie Quirk, James Rowson, Dave McKay, Lester Strode and newcomers, third base coach David Bell and assistant hitting coach Rob Deer. Chris Bosio was not able to attend and left the convention early. Bosio is recovering from knee replacement surgery. […]