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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. We may not be gifted, but we’re trying!

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Welcome to today’s episode of Cub Tracks news and notes™. Here we have material from current beat writers, bloggers, and the occasional in-house habitué, moonlighting. These pieces center around #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball.

The beats are still hibernating. I see them tweeting periodically but nothing of any substance emerges. Presumably they are preparing their end-of-the-year summaries and monitoring their feeds for CBA news, while they text rumors back and forth out there in Whoville.

The bloggers are still in business, dressed in winter white, huddled for warmth around the fading embers of the Hot Stove and throwing coals in to keep the flame going.

Today’s the first day of Cubsmas. I’ll add tomorrow’s line in, too. We’ll continue each episode. Cheers to Bob and Doug, eh?

On the first day of Cubsmas, Jed Hoyer gave to me:

One starting pitcher

Two hitting coaches

and a beer

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Today in Cubs and MLB history:

Cubs birthdays: Lefty Tyler, Harry Wilke, Les Bell, Bobby Adams, Sam Jones, Pete Whisenant, Bill Buckner, Rodrigo Lopez, Angel Guzman, Donn Roach. Also notable: Craig Biggio HOF.

SABR Buckner bio, worth the read.

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