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Fans honor Santo, mourn loss on TwitterFacebook

Friday, Dec. 3, 20107:43 a.m. Updated 1:11 p.m.

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Fans on Twitter are reacting to the passing of Cubs legend Ron Santo. Here is a sampling of the thoughts and condolences being expressed on Twitter and Facebook:

@Rygarz: Santo was a gr8 personality and I enjoyed listening to him on the radio during Cubs games, a gr8 family man and fundraiser

@LabLover1962: Woke up to hear that Cubs legend Ron Santo died, VERY SAD! :-((

@EZBaratz: RIP Ron Santo...You deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

@isaacfromCT: Wow Cubs broadcasts just will not be the same without Ron Santo at all, Im just deeply saddened about Ron's passing

@cubsfanrpt: RIP Ron Santo. Thank you for your inspiration and never-ending devotion to the Cubs

@DJKneegrow: One of the sadest days to be a Cubs fan. R.I.P. Ron Santo you will be missed and never forgotten.

@gbdawkins: Thought it was gonna be a good day: cooking eggs making coffee, jamming in kitchen to My Old School. Then I get this Santo news. Bleh.

@katmusic2008: People, I am heartsick to learn about Ron Santo's passing. This Sox fan will miss This Old Cub diamondinthesky

@drinksdearborn: First Leslie Nielson, now Ron Santo is gone too? Can this week end please?

@boilerchas: Rest In Peace Ron Santo!! The Cubs radio broadcasts will never be the same!

@ejenkins211: Can't believe Ron Santo is gone. The Cubs franchise just won't be the same without him. :(

@noturavguy: RIP Ron Santo, it's a shame he didn't get to see the Cubbies win it during his liftime. Great guy, deserved better.

@WillyC17: Today is a very sad day for baseball and the world. R.I.P. Ron Santo - you're a legend and will be missed.

@bobwad: Goodbye Ron Santo. If there's a brick walled ballfield in the sky covered in ivy, we'll be able to find you there. Until then, R.I.P. Cubs

@megan102218: Ron Santo, you will be missed. Your Cubs 10 jersey forever retired in our hearts.

@OrdnaelJ_31: 'CLICK YOUR HEELS TODAY' in appreciation of Ron Santo!!!! Cubs @MLB

@Chi_NateDizzle: I wonder what Harry Caray and Ron Santo are talking about right now. RIP

@ScooterSMD: A sad and heart heavy day for Cubs and baseball fans. Ron Santo has passed away. He will be missed by many. What a great man.

@hriefs: There was no stopping Ron Santo from being a Cubs fan in the booth. "Oh, dang!" he'd scream after many a botched play. I'll miss it.

@krt0116: Ron Santo --> Great ballplayer, better man. You'll be missed Ronnie!

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Erick Blake: Cubs radio will never be the same without ron's enthusiasm...he will be greatly missed

Mike Lally: Cubs broadcasting will never be the same

Michael J. David: Not a Cubs fan but sad to hear that
Doug Wolfe: Time to fly the "10" and "W" flags over Wrigley

Sean Johnson: R.I.P. Ron Santo!He was the BEST radio announcer, I was privileged to grow up listening to you, & I hope that he gets elected into the Hall of Fame! It wont be the same wo him!

Demetrius Birch: R.i.p. ron santo a man i get 2 hear him on the radio when cubs play with pat hughes was the best 1 2 team combo all time on radio i love his passion of the game and being a fan its unfortunate his time should've been in the hall of fame but in time they should've did a long time ago! So this for you ronnie "THIS IS THE YEAR"! I have 2 say that may god bless the santo family, chicago cubs,friends, and family we are one and we will continue 2 give what every fan and myself want a world series title!

Marcos Febus: Field of dreams....what a loss and may his family find comfort in knowing he is not hurting from his illnesses no more. RIP

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John D. - Rockford, IL: Cubs games will never be the same. Hes playing in Gods hall of fame now.God bless you Ron and thank you.

I was a big fan of his ever since the 1969 Cubs. I will deeply miss him.

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312SportsFan: Ron, we will miss you. RIP.

mikecubbie69: This is a sad way to start the day. Listening to Cubs games will never be the same. Ronnie was such an icon, such an inspiration. I will remember his passion, his joy for the Cubs, the heel kicking from '69, the jokes about his toupee and Shea Stadium, the visible frustration that could only come from a true Cubs fan and the disappointment over not getting into the Hall of Fame. At least his pain and suffering is over. God Bless You, Ron Santo.

wheelinwv: As a kid growing up in Chicagoland, I will never forget the CUBS. Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Ron Santo were my heroes. What great players and role models they were. Thanks for the memories, Ron!

dansram: Condolences to the Santo family. Somewhere, up there, there is a great baseball discussion going on with Ronny, Harry

cephas5150: As a boy playing Sandlot baseball in the early seventies we used tocall out "who we were". Santo, Kissinger, Banks, Jenkins and Williamswere always the first ones taken. The saddest thing is that 10 nevergot to see his number called for the hall of fame. R.I.P. Mr. Santo

Grantscarff: Ron Santo was a good broadcaster and a great 3rd baseman. He will be sadly missed by all cubs fans. RIP Ron Santo.

samnpat1@comcast.net: The Chicago Cubs have lost a great man and friend.Ron was loved by manyand will be missed by all.May you rest in Peace Ron.God be with you andyour family.Thanks for the many,many memories.

bestbuy57: We will miss you Ron Santo. My fondest memory of Ron growing up as ayoungster was the 1969 season when Ron would run and click his heels tothe Cubs clubhouse everytime the Cubs won. He deserves to be in theHall Of Fame. He never got a chance for that and to see the Cubs win aWorld Series. God Bless Ron and his family. A good man!

Cubs add catcher José Lobatón on minor league deal with invite to Summer Camp

Cubs add catcher José Lobatón on minor league deal with invite to Summer Camp

The Cubs signed catcher José Lobatón to a minor league deal on Tuesday with an invitation to Summer Camp, per the club's transactions page.

Lobatón is a career .215/.293/.319 hitter and known more for his work behind the plate. He last played in the majors with the Mets in 2018, spending 2019 in Triple-A with the Mariners and Dodgers. He's also previously played for the Padres (2009), Rays (2011-13) and Nationals (2014-17).

Lobatón gives the Cubs veteran catching depth in the unique 2020 season. Willson Contreras and Victor Caratini are one of baseball's best 1-2 punches, and Josh Phegley could secure a spot on the club's initial 30-man roster, which must then be cut to 28 players after two weeks and 26 two weeks after that.

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The club hasn't announced if Lobatón will join the Wrigley Field training group or head to the alternate site in South Bend.

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How Cubs' coronavirus precautions add challenge to already daunting season

How Cubs' coronavirus precautions add challenge to already daunting season

Maybe this is as good as baseball’s coronavirus testing gets.

Players, managers, coaches and staff want better, and many say they expect continued improvement.

But with a week left before teams start leaving individual bubbles to travel for games, this may be where tests of faith start to fill the gaps in testing for the virus.

And that means players might have decisions to make all over again. It already means teams have been troubleshooting how scenarios that played out at Wrigley Field twice this week might be managed during games days.

“I think some more players will opt out,” Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said Wednesday after the Cubs held out six players from workouts as a precaution over “pending” results from Monday’s test.

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That could be an immediate cost. Thirteen players already have declined to accept the health risk and play this season, including Giants star Buster Posey and former Cy Young Award winners David Price and Felix Hernandez.

Angels superstar Mike Trout and Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish are among several others who have said they haven’t ruled out joining the 13, depending how safe things look as the game inches closer to a 60-game season to be played in the 30 home ballparks — many of which are located in COVID-19 hot spots.

The Cubs got word late Wednesday that none of the players they held out of practice had tested positive. But it’s at least the fourth time in six rounds of testing that results have been delayed or inconclusive enough to force the Cubs to reschedule workouts or hold out players and staff — and came two days after manager David Ross was among the group to miss workouts.

“There’s definitely a level of fire drill some mornings,” Ross said.

And this is where the teams have their work cut out, regardless of how strong their numbers remain when the season starts.

“This will present a problem if it happens within the season, and we’ll have to adjust,” Ross said. “But I think they’re working through that so we don’t have these problems when the season starts. … This is all new.”

But it’s also not likely to go away anytime soon, and almost certainly not by next week's openers — at least not as dramatically as players and other team officials would like to see.

MLB is using labs in Utah and New Jersey to turn around thousands of coronavirus tests every other day, which is subject to occasional issues involving a stressed national shipping industry when it comes to getting the samples to the labs and occasional batches that require quick retests because of inclusive results — or in some cases a positive result within a given batch.

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The vast majority of delayed and retested samples produce negative results — as in the case of the Cubs’ half dozen on Wednesday. And MLB’s positive rate overall is about 1 percent.

Based on conversations with baseball people, not every team is approaching its “pending” cases with the same level of “abundance of caution” as the Cubs seem to be taking. Other teams are using case-by-case approaches or waiting until specifically positive results (or symptoms/risk behavior) to restrict activities.

Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the Cubs remain the only team in the league without a known positive test among its players and coaching staff since intake testing began more than two weeks ago.

But what happens when the season starts, and a day like Monday or Wednesday comes up again — whether for the Cubs or an opponent?

“If we’re on a getaway day and Jon Lester’s our starter and has a pending test, it’s going to be hard for us to scramble,” Rizzo said. “I’m sure they’re working on it right now already to make sure that on Opening Day everything’s running as smooth as possible.”

But MLB does not appear to be in position to increase its testing capacity or delivery speed within the next week — especially when much of the country is experiencing surges in cases of COVID-19, positive rates and testing shortages.

One potential mitigating factor might be the fact that 48 of the Cubs’ 60 games (80 percent) are night games and two more are late-afternoon games. In theory, night games Monday and Wednesday of this week would have meant enough time in both cases to clear the “pending” results in time for the players in question to have played.

It may be small consolation to some.

“We didn’t sign up for these bad protocols as far as testing,” said Rizzo, whose Opening Day might already be in doubt as he battles a back issue. “The biggest thing for us is the safety.”

Neither he nor Ross are pointing fingers at MLB or the labs. They, along with other players and team officials, keep saying they expect the testing process to get even better.

But there may not be any specific reason to believe it will. And you can bank on roster rules staying where they are (nobody’s adding the kind of daily flexibility that would be certain to be abused — and would add to payroll costs).

So keep an eye on Mike Trout and Yu Darvish — and Sean Doolittle and Ryan Braun and everybody else who remains on edge about the risk this pandemic season poses?

“Listen, we are in a pandemic. We are all at risk,” Rizzo said. “We all want to play baseball because that’s what we love to do, and we have an opportunity to bring joy to a lot of people that are home, through these tough times.

“But we are all human. If guys start testing positive left and right and this gets out of control, I’m sure you’ll see some guys opt out.”

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