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Cubs announce roster for ‘summer camp’

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There are a few surprises, but you expected that in this crazy year, right? One of the surprises... the number of players.

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Wednesday, players will report to Wrigley Field for what was once termed “Spring Training 2.0,” but which now has a much better term: “Summer Camp.”

Teams are permitted to have 60 players in camp, the 40-man roster plus 20 others who will be eligible to play in MLB games this year, if needed. But the Cubs, at least for now, won’t have the full contingent of 60 — they have only released 50 names.

Without further ado, here’s the Cubs’ 50:

Teams are permitted to have as many as 60 players total. The Cubs, as you see, have only announced 50 so far, 39 to have “summer camp” (and kudos to the Cubs for using that phrasing instead of “Spring Training 2.0”) at Wrigley Field and 11 who will be headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, home of the Cubs’ Midwest League affiliate.

The names on the Cubs’ 50-man list aren’t all that different from the ones I listed here last week... except there are 10 fewer of them. Since teams were required to submit lists of players to the MLB offices by 3 p.m. CT today, I have to assume that these 50 will be the only players the Cubs will have available for the 2020 60-game season.

As always, we await developments.