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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! Happy holidays! #MLB, #MiLB, and more!

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, two of which have coal in their stockings at the moment.

It’s not the fall that kills you. It’s the winter.” — me.

This is going to be a lean week. Bear with us. It isn’t a complete loss — we do have some things worth the reads. But the rabbit didn’t dig too deep.

Here’s a progress report on the CBA negotiations:

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We’ll keep you updated.

The 12 Days of Cubsmas*

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

One starting pitcher

Two hitting coaches

Three glove-first fielders

Four bullpen arms

FIVE COLLEGE SCOUTS

Six righty hurlers

Seven NRIs

Eight roster fillers

Nine men a side

and a beer

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. In the text body. It doesn’t work in the headlines). #IStandWithThePlayers.

Today in Cubs and MLB history:

Cubs birthdays: Bill Traffley, Dell Darling, Jim Doyle, Cy Williams, Pete Scott, Bob Rush, Dave Kingman, Taylor Teagarden, Brian Schlitter. Also notable: Josh Gibson HOF.

Both of the above courtesy of bb-ref.

Food for Thought:

Thanks for reading. Cub Tracks and Bleed Cubbie Blue do not necessarily endorse the opinions of writers whose work is linked in this series of articles. We try to present a balanced view, and let the facts speak for themselves.

*Concept borrowed from previous episodes and editions of BCB.