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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!

ESPN to broadcast two of Cubs first four games in 2020

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ESPN to broadcast two of Cubs first four games in 2020

It won't be long before baseball fans get their first look at the Cubs under new manager David Ross.

ESPN announced Thursday they will broadcast two of the Cubs' first four games in 2020: March 29 against the Brewers in Milwaukee (Sunday Night Baseball) and March 30 against the Pirates (3 p.m. first pitch). The latter game is the Cubs' 2020 home opener.

Ross worked as a color analyst for ESPN from 2017-19 before the Cubs hired him as manager in October. So, not only will his club be in the national spotlight early in the season, but his former co-workers will be the ones analyzing him as his managerial career kicks off.

The Cubs open the season on March 26 against the Brewers.

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Willson Contreras’ trade value just spiked, thanks to White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal

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Willson Contreras’ trade value just spiked, thanks to White Sox signing Yasmani Grandal

This is the best thing the White Sox have done for the Cubs in years.

The White Sox made a big splash in free agency Thursday, signing catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million contract. Grandal joins the South Siders from the Brewers, where he played an integral role in Milwaukee making a second-straight postseason appearance in 2019.

Grandal led qualified catchers in on-base percentage (.380) last season, also posting career highs in home runs (28) and RBIs (77). He’s also an excellent pitch framer, tying for fourth in RszC (runs saved by catcher framing) among all catchers with 9.

Milwaukee’s payroll reached a franchise-high $122.5 million in 2019 and their farm system (No. 29 in MLB, per Baseball America) is lacking. How they replace Grandal’s production is a major question mark, which in turn is a win for the Cubs this offseason.

But besides plucking him from the NL Central, the White Sox signing Grandal early in the offseason helps the Cubs, who have important decisions of their own to make.

Although Cubs president Theo Epstein said to take any trade rumors with a “mouthful of salt,” multiple teams believe catcher Willson Contreras is available for trade. The Cubs need to retool their roster and replenish a farm system that has been depleted in recent seasons from numerous “win now” trades.

The Cubs and White Sox made the notorious José Quintana trade in July 2017, but it’s unlikely the two would have matched up for a Contreras trade. The Cubs need young assets; trading away young assets is the last thing the White Sox want to do as their championship window opens.

So, Grandal landed with a team that was unlikely to be involved in any potential Contreras trade talks. Grandal was the best free agent catcher; Contreras is the best catcher that can be had in a trade.

Other teams interested in Grandal — such as the Reds — can no longer turn to him in free agency. The Rays have made addressing the catcher spot this winter a priority, but they have one of MLB’s lowest payrolls each season. Signing Grandal wasn’t going to happen, but Tampa Bay has the farm system (No. 2 in baseball, per MLB.com) to make a big trade.

Contreras is the best catcher available — for the right price, obviously — so the ball is in the Cubs' court. They don’t get better by dealing their two-time All-Star backstop, but Contreras’ trade value is high. With Grandal off the market, it just got even higher.

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