The Cubs released the schedule and a list of attendees for the 31st annual convention, which begins Friday (Jan. 15-17) at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.
The 2016 Cubs Convention will feature more than 75 guests comprising of the current Cubs roster and coaching staff, alumni, Minor Leaguers, broadcasters and team executives.
Cubs Convention’s Opening Ceremony begins Friday, January 15, at 6:00pm, kicking off the weekend with player introductions. Following the Opening Ceremony, guests will find some of their favorite Cubs and young prospects signing autographs for an exciting Surprise Signing Game. The event’s first day concludes with a special Friday Night with Ryan Dempster show presented by Budweiser, featuring interviews with Cubs players, coaches and alumni, comedy vignettes and interactive games.
Saturday’s program continues with fan favorites such as the return of Cubs Feud and Cubs Jeopardy, which features unique trivia with Cubs alumni. Popular reoccurring Saturday sessions will be back, including Baseball Management, Cubs Business Operations Update, Joe Maddon & His Coaching Staff, Kids Only Press Conference presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, Life Off the Field, Meet the New Cubs and Ricketts Family. The evening will conclude with long-time Convention favorite Cubs Bingo presented by Budweiser and led by Wayne Messmer.
In addition to the sessions highlighted above, the Convention includes several new and returning activities throughout the weekend for fans:
• Fans can check out the Cubs in Cooperstown panel for a chance to listen to Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams chat about their lives in baseball and what it means to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
• Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber will share their first-season experiences in the big leagues with fans during the Rock Star Rookies panel presented by Wintrust.
• Cy Young winners Jake Arrieta, Fergie Jenkins and Rick Sutcliffe will answer fan questions and relive their award-winning seasons as part of the Cy Young Winners session.
• Clark’s Clubhouse will host fun games, face painting, caricatures, balloon artists, a coloring station, inflatable T-ball and inflatable speed pitch.
• Cubs Charities, located again this year on the main lobby floor, will feature a variety of items and opportunities for sale, including private player meet-and-greets, baseballs, ball cubes, autographed mystery baseballs, grab bags and a garage sale. The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will host a raffle as well.
• Guests can visit a dedicated social media area, featuring giveaways, charging stations, an interactive photo print station and special player visits throughout the weekend.
Weekend Passes and hotel packages for the 31st Annual Cubs Convention are sold out.
Opening Ceremonies will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com. CSN will have coverage throughout the weekend with updates from David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth and Kelly Crull.
670 The Score will broadcast live from the Cubs Convention throughout the weekend … On Friday from 9:00am – 10:00pm. Bruce Levine and Jordan Bernfield are scheduled from 8:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday. And Sunday The Score will be live from the Convention from 8:00am – 11:30am.
31st Cubs Convention Schedule
Friday, Jan. 15
- 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Opening Ceremony
- 7:15pm – 8:00pm – Surprise Signing Game
- 7:30pm – 10:00pm – Friday Night with Ryan Dempster, presented by Budweiser
Saturday, Jan. 16
- 9:00am – 10:00am – Ricketts Family Forum
- 9:30am – 10:30am – Cubs Jeopardy
- 10:30am – 11:30am – Cubs Baseball Management
- 11:00am – 12:00pm – Life Off the Field
- 11:45am – 12:45pm – Joe Maddon and His Coaching Staff
- 12:45pm – 1:45pm – Cubs Business Operations Update
- 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Cubs in Cooperstown
- 2:00pm – 3:00pm – Meet the New Cubs
- 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Rock Star Rookies, presented by Wintrust
- 3:30pm – 4:30pm – For Kids Only Press Conference, presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital
- 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Cy Young Winners
- 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Cubs Feud
- 8:00pm – 10:00pm – Cubs Bingo, presented by Budweiser
Sunday, Jan. 17
- 9:00am – 10:00am – Once a Cub, Always a Cub
- 10:30am – 11:30am – Down on the Farm
Scheduled List of Attendees for the 2016 Cubs Convention
- Andury Acevedo, RHP
- Arismendy Alcantara, INF/OF
- Jake Arrieta, RHP
- Javier Baez, INF
- Dallas Beeler, RHP
- Rex Brothers, LHP
- Kris Bryant, 3B/OF
- Trevor Cahill, RHP
- Jeimer Candelario, 3B
- Carl Edwards Jr., RHP
- Justin Grimm, RHP
- Jason Hammel, RHP
- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
- Jason Heyward, OF
- Pierce Johnson, RHP
- Eric Jokisch, LHP
- John Lackey, RHP
- Jon Lester, LHP
- Miguel Montero, C
- Edgar Olmos, LHP
- Neil Ramirez, RHP
- Clayton Richard, LHP
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Hector Rondon, RHP
- David Ross, C
- Zac Rosscup, LHP
- Addison Russell, SS/2B
- Kyle Schwarber, C/OF
- Jorge Soler, OF
- Pedro Strop, RHP
- Matt Szczur, OF
- Dan Vogelbach, 1B
- Adam Warren, RHP
- Travis Wood, LHP
- Ben Zobrist, INF/OF
- John Baker, C
- Jose Cardenal, OF
- Ryan Dempster, RHP
- Bobby Dernier, OF
- Scott Eyre, LHP
- Randy Hundley, C
- Fergie Jenkins, RHP
- Jon Lieber, RHP
- Ted Lilly, LHP
- Bill Madlock, 3B
- Dave Otto, LHP, Broadcaster
- Ryne Sandberg, 2B
- Scott Sanderson, RHP
- Lee Smith, RHP
- Tim Stoddard, RHP
- Rick Sutcliffe, RHP
- Steve Trout, LHP
- Billy Williams, OF
- Kerry Wood, RHP
- Joe Maddon, Manager
- Mike Borzello, Catching Coach
- Chris Bosio, Pitching Coach
- Tim Buss, Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Eric Hinske, Asst. Hitting Coach
- Brandon Hyde, First Base Coach
- Gary Jones, Third Base Coach
- John Mallee, Hitting Coach
- Dave Martinez, Bench Coach
- Chad Noble, Bullpen Catcher
- Lester Strode, Bullpen Coach
- Tom Ricketts, Chairman
- Laura Ricketts, Board Member
- Todd Ricketts, Board Member
- Theo Epstein, President, Baseball Operations
- Crane Kenney, President, Business Operations
- Jed Hoyer, Executive VP/General Manager
- Jason McLeod, Senior VP, Scouting & Player Development
- Randy Bush, Assistant GM
- Shiraz Rehman, Assistant GM
- Jaron Madison, Director, Player Development
- Ron Coomer, Radio Broadcaster
- Jim Deshaies, TV Broadcaster
- Pat Hughes, Radio Broadcaster
- Len Kasper, TV Broadcaster
- Clark, Team Mascot
The Cubs minor league affiliates are scheduled to have team representatives in attendance … Iowa Cubs, Tennessee Smokies, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, South Bend Cubs and Eugene Emeralds.
A percentage of the proceeds from Cubs Convention benefits Cubs Charities. To date, Cubs Convention has raised more than $4 million for Cubs Charities.