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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one is in the dark about a lot of things.

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Happy birthday, Kyle Hendricks!
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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.

Well, Al put it in a nutshell. I’ll just add this — new or no news, we will all be working our BCB butts off to continue the current high standard of site content. Well, except for me. I’ll be doing this


As if.

But in the spirit of the impending Yuletide season, I’ll be tying bows on everything and singing “Deck the Halls” to the tune of War Pigs. Don’t run away!

That may be taken as a metaphor for the whole shebang, at least for the next two days, until I come up with another one.

Maybe we can dig into MLB using two different balls in 2021, if we need a story. Cub Tracks first reported on this December 2, with a story from Audacy.

Imagine my surprise that it’s getting buried. Brett Taylor and Evan Altman provide additional wisdom on the current contretemps, and we have some armchair general-managing and more Buck O’Neil content. Read all about it!

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Today in Cubs and MLB history:

(All of the above and below are from bb-ref)

Cubs birthdays: Ed Morris, Don Johnson, Jorge Comellas, Mark Freeman, Don Cardwell, Scot Thompson, Ryan Theriot, Mike Baxter, Kyle Hendricks. Also notable: Johnny Bench HOF.

Food for Thought:

Thanks for reading.