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Cub Tracks’ minor aches and pains

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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. This one looks below the surface.

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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.

We’re still doing pretty well as far as news goes... the beat writers have mostly been awol but the bloggers are going strong. The players are helping by maintaining their Twitter feeds and Instagram pages.

Carlos Ocampo is no longer a Cub, but he was the only player lost in the minor-league Rule 5 Draft. The RHP is going to be a Met.

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Today in Cubs and MLB history:

Cubs birthdays: Mike Mitchell, Darold Knowles, Rick Bladt, Steve Christmas, Mike Fyhrie, Todd Van Poppel. Also notable: Joe Kelley HOF

(both of the above are from bb-ref)

Food for Thought:

Thanks for reading.