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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one sits if it fits. #MLB, #MiLB, and more! 

Boston General Store Photo by Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

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 are surrounded by cardboard walls at the moment.

Here’s a progress report on the CBA negotiations:

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The Vox-headed and SI-headed networks and our fellow bloggers are the only ones producing copy this week, it looks like. So that’s what we have, and I went a little further afield than usual trying to bring some sort of readable words into our orbit.

So we have lots of speculative fiction and a little extrapolation. Hopefully that will serve. Please tip your waitstaff.

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.

Cubs birthdays: Doc Farrell, Harry Taylor, Dave Rader, J.C. Boscan, Chris Carpenter. Also notable: Judy Johnson HOF, Carlton Fisk HOF, Ozzie Smith HOF.

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