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The latest in our long-running series of #Cubs-related news articles. #MLB, #MiLB, too. This one has a code in its head.

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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.

I’m quarantining this week. Whether I have omicron or just a nasty cold, that seems to be the best way to do things. My contact is limited anyway, but no going to Safeway or Circle K. I wear a mask when I go next door to visit my puppy, and I’m getting intimate with Doordash.

Surrealistically, as I type this, there’s a commercial for Tommy John bras running. There’s no relation to the former pitcher, but I have to say that threw me for a loop at first.

These are strange and sad times, dear reader. One has to be extremely skilled at rocket surgery to even make sense of it.

Baseball is no different.

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: Harry McIntire, Paddy Driscoll, Paddy Driscoll, Jack Curtis, Lloyd McClendon, Donn Pall, Rey Ordóñez. Also notable: Elmer Flick HOF, Max Carey HOF.

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