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Athletes-as-activists have a long and storied history. More and more are lending their voices to causes and so it’s not much of a surprise that major-league athletes are participating in the get-out-the-vote effort. Musicians and other entertainers have been doing it for years.

Without a vote, we are voiceless. I’ve made mine heard. That said, our brief here is Chicago Cubs, and Javier Baez had something to say.

Here at Cub Tracks News and Notes, we are winding up the fifth year of the reign under Duane (and closing in on the eighth anniversary overall) and also it’s almost my birthday. I’m not super-sentimental about such things but that’s an anniversary, too. 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 on this page as sarcasm font. (In the comments section, use @ before and after your remarks @ to produce sarcasm font.)

ARLINGTON - The Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland Athletics are leading the race for the services of Cuban prospect Luis Pino, a source told ESPN Digital on Monday.

The Boston Red Sox , San Diego Padres , Chicago White Sox , San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs are among the organizations that have evaluated the 16-year-old outfielder, who will be eligible to sign as an international free agent on January 15. — Enrique Rojas.

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