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Cub Tracks’ if at first Yu succeed...

No to Morrow, Yu has jokes, Rizzo is gold again, and other bullets

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Yu Darvish and Jason Heyward, to no one’s surprise, are staying with the Cubs, having declined to exercise their opt-outs. Anthony Rizzo won his third Gold Glove. Heyward was a finalist and lost to Cody Bellinger. Cole Hamels was not given a qualifying offer, and several others have been non-tendered. The coaching staff is turning over like line cooks on Black Friday.

All this against a backdrop of labor unrest, skyrocketing prices, and falling viewership. And still no robot umps, even though we’re officially on Blade Runner time. But it’s a Blade Runner alternafuture, where ridiculous anti-trust exemptions still reign like harvest gold, rust, and avocado used to rule the American home. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, indeed.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always, * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). {$} means paywall. {$} means limited views. Italics are often used here as sarcasm font.

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