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All-time best Chicago Cubs players by jersey number

All-time best Chicago Cubs players by jersey number

When your franchise dates back to 1876, you're gonna have a lot of incredible players take the field. The Cubs have certainly had their fair share of greats, with 51 Hall of Famers having some tie to the team, according to Baseball Reference.

But who's the best for each jersey number? Sure there are some no-brainers, but several numbers had several guys who could make a case. For instance, does Alfonso Soriano or Kyle Schwarber get the nod at No. 12?

These are our selections for the best Cubs for every number.

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Cubs post message on Wrigley Field marquee amid protests: 'End racism'

Cubs post message on Wrigley Field marquee amid protests: 'End racism'

Tuesday, the Cubs joined the chorus of voices speaking out against racial injustice in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

As Chicagoans hold peaceful protests outside Wrigley Field, the club posted a message of solidarity on the marquee:

RELATED: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts calls black leaders 'you people,' apologizes

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts calls black leaders 'you people,' apologizes

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts calls black leaders 'you people,' apologizes

An Omaha pastor said he walked out of a meeting Monday when Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts used the phrase, “The problem I have with you people,” while addressing black community leaders.

The Ricketts family owns the Cubs, but Pete Ricketts stepped down from the Board of Directors when he took office.

“I chose my words poorly,” Ricketts said in a statement, “and apologized when it became apparent that I had caused offense.”

He also went on a local radio station, 95.7 The Boss, on Tuesday morning to apologize.

Pastor Jarrod Parker of St. Mark Baptist Church posted a live video to Facebook Monday evening, recounting the interaction. Black community leaders met with Ricketts, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Police Chief Todd Schmaderer after several nights of protests.

James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man, was fatally shot by a white bar owner over the weekend. No charges were filed. In a press conference, Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine called Scurlock’s death “senseless” but said the bar owner had justification for use of force.

“I put context to the issues surrounding the systematic racism that produced (Scurlock’s death),” Parker said of the meeting Monday “… I walked out on Governor Rickets as he called us, ‘you people.’ Make this go viral. He called black pastors and black leaders in Omaha ‘you people.’ And I walked out on him.

“That’s why this city is going to go up in flames Mrs. Mayor and Mr. Chief. You’re not listening, and you can’t listen because at the top of the state is a racist governor.”

Protests against social injustice and police brutality have spread across the country, in response to George Floyd’s death in police custody. The four officers involved were fired. One of them, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.

“The Cubs condemn racism in all its forms and decry violence against members of the Black community,” the team said in a statement Tuesday. “Bias and discrimination have no place in our society. We support peaceful protests and pledge to channel our energies to rebuilding our city, especially the disenfranchised neighborhoods, as a way to build a stronger Chicago. By our example we hope to build bridges and elevate the issue of equality for all members of society.”

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