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Cubs announce list of attendees for championship edition of Cubs Convention

Cubs announce list of attendees for championship edition of Cubs Convention

The Cubs announced Monday the complete list of current and former players who will be attending this weekend's Cubs Convention, a special championship edition of the annual event.

It will be an opportunity for fans to celebrate the 2016 World Series champs as well as Cubs alumni.

CSN will have complete coverage of Friday's opening ceremonies. SportsTalk Live comes to you live from the Sheraton Grand Chicago at 5 p.m. on CSN and CSN Plus, and the opening ceremonies follow as part of a 90-minute live special beginning at 5:30 p.m. on CSN Plus. You can catch a re-air of the opening ceremonies later Friday night on CSN following Blackhawks coverage.

Here's the complete list of players who will be in attendance this weekend.

Current players

Albert Almora Jr.
Jake Arrieta
Javier Baez
Kris Bryant
Jeimer Candelario
Willson Contreras
Wade Davis
Brian Duensing
Carl Edwards Jr.
Justin Grimm
Kyle Hendricks
Jason Heyward
Jon Jay
John Lackey
Jon Lester
Miguel Montero
Mike Montgomery
Felix Pena
Anthony Rizzo
Hector Rondon
Jose Rosario
Addison Russell
Kyle Schwarber
Pedro Strop
Matt Szczur
Rob Zastryzny
Ben Zobrist

Cubs alumni

John Baker
Jim Bullinger
Jose Cardenal
Jody Davis
Ryan Dempster
Bobby Dernier
Bob Howry
Randy Hundley
Fergie Jenkins
Jay Johnstone
Pete LaCock
Ted Lilly
Bill Madlock
Gary Matthews
Sean Marshall
Brian McRae
Dave Otto
Mike Remlinger
David Ross
Glendon Rusch
Ryne Sandberg
Scott Sanderson
Dwight Smith
Lee Smith
Tim Stoddard
Steve Trout
Todd Walker
Billy Williams
Kerry Wood

Coaching staff

Joe Maddon
Mike Borzello​
Chris Bosio
Tim Buss
Franklin Font
Eric Hinske
Brandon Hyde
Gary Jones
John Mallee
Dave Martinez
Chad Noble
Lester Strode

Baseball staff and broadcasters

Theo Epstein
Jed Hoyer
Jason McLeod
Randy Bush
Shiraz Rehman
Jaron Madison
Matt Dorey
Andrew Belleson
Ron Coomer
Jim Deshaies
Pat Hughes
Len Kasper

Team executives

Tom Ricketts
Laura Ricketts
Todd Ricketts
Crane Kenney

Special guest

Clark the Cub

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 49th homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 49th homer of the season came with a runner on 1st and one out, when Oriel Hershiser served up a high fastball that Sammy belted 415 feet into the last few rows in left-center field. 

Sosa would later start the game-winning rally in the bottom of the ninth, scoring the game-tying run on a Henry Rodriguez single through the right side of the infield. Jose Hernandez would step in the next at-bat and walk it off with a base hit that scored Mark Grace, as Sammy and the Cubs bested the Giants 6-5. 

Fun Fact: A 33-year-old Barry Bonds would hit home run No. 25, finishing the season with 37 homers. He would finish the next season with 34 dingers but would string five consecutive seasons with at least 45 home runs, of course hitting a record 73 home runs in 2001. 

Yu Darvish suffering another setback puts his 2018 season in jeopardy

Yu Darvish suffering another setback puts his 2018 season in jeopardy

Yu have to be kidding me (Sorry, couldn't resist). 

The Cubs were expecting Sunday's rehab start to be the beginning to an end of what has been an extremely disappointing 2018 season for their $126 million man Yu Darvish. Darvish was scheduled to start Sunday for the Cubs single-A affiliate in South Bend, IN, but after just one inning Darvish was checked on by the trainers and eventually pulled before the 2nd inning started. 

According to Steve Greenberg, Darvish asked for an MRI on Monday which likely closes the door on him returning to the Cubs in 2018.

The frustrating thing about Darvish's rehab is that in his two rehab starts, the 32-year-old pitcher has had excellent stuff, touching 95 mph in Sunday afternoon's game before being pulled. 

At this point in the season, it seems unlikely Darvish will be able to return to the Cubs rotation for the regular season. And it would be incredibly risky to roll with Darvish in the playoffs, who even when healthy hasn't shown he's deserving of a postseason roster spot. The Cubs do have options at starter in the minors like Duane Underwood or James Norwood, and despite his shortcomings, Tyler Chatwood is an option out of necessity now.  

Drew Smyly, who looked like a possibility as a late-season addition, is still not quite ready to come back and be an effective rotation piece at the moment. And with Mike Montgomery heading to the disabled list earlier this week, the Cubs were hopeful Darvish would be healthy by the time rosters expand in September. 

Luckily, Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, and Kyle Hendricks have all looked stellar recently and hopefully can continue their success on the mound as the Cubs continue to fight past injuries to maintain their grasp on the NL Central. 

But Theo Epstein said himself last week that if Darvish didn't perform well during his rehab stint, that was essentially his 2018 season. Don't expect to see Darvish returning to the mound until 2019, Cubs fans.