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Cubs players and coaches test negative for COVID-19

Cubs players and coaches test negative for COVID-19

The Cubs’ COVID-19 test results arrived later in the day than they’d hoped. But when general manager Jed Hoyer finally had the list of names in hand Tuesday, his eyes scanned through over 80 negatives. All players and coaches were clear.

Those encouraging results came from Sunday’s testing, making the Cubs the only team in the National League that hasn’t yet had a player test positive.

“Do I think we’ve done everything we can to safeguard thing and put restrictions in?” Hoyer said. “Of course. I don’t think we’re doing a lot of things other teams are doing as well. I think every team is working hard to do this. And there has to be a certain amount of luck in that, let’s be honest.”

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The Cubs have several other factors working in their favor: a veteran group and the guidance of pitching coach Tommy Hottovy, whose harrowing battle with COVID-19 lasted 30 days.

But Hottovy’s story also suggests that luck must be involved.

“He didn’t go much of anywhere,” Bryant said. “I think he went to the field and went to get food at the grocery store, and he got it. So, that’s the scary park. We have to do everything we can to limit that exposure, but the fact is you might be doing everything right and you still might be able to get it.”

The Cubs’ internal messaging has been consistent: everyone needs to take the virus seriously for the sake of the whole club.

Hoyer hopes the Cubs can keep their players from contracting COVID-19 all season, but the team has also heard from medical experts and seen the spread across the country.

“We’re going to face our challenges with that at some point,” Hoyer said. “I think that’s inevitable.

“Do I want to get a negative sheet back every time with 80-something negatives? Of course. I don’t know if we can do that for the whole year, I don’t know if that’s realistic. But I think that has to be the goal for us. It has to be the goal for every team: do everything you can to avoid an outbreak. Be as mindful of every situation as you can. Hopefully we can continue that. But I don’t think we’re doing anything different than other teams. Everyone’s working hard at this.”

Tier 1 individuals, including Cubs players, also were tested on Tuesday, in line with the every-other-day schedule laid out in the 2020 Operations Manual. Hoyer said he believes the delay in results Tuesday was a lingering result of the testing backup over the weekend as the league transitioned from intake testing to a more regular schedule over the Fourth of July.

“I feel like now we’re in that routine,” Hoyer said. “It doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods, but I do think that transition was the challenge and now that we’re past that, I think things will run really well.”

Kyle Ryan remains delayed in reporting to camp for what manager David Ross called “protocol technicalities,” but the Cubs hope he will report by the end of the week.  

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs dominance, baseball's future with Connor McKnight

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs dominance, baseball's future with Connor McKnight

The Cubs continue to win and win in dominating fashion but can they keep it up?

David Kaplan, Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer and Cubs beat writer Maddie Lee discuss the Cubs winning ways, and discuss a scenario where Cleveland star Francisco Lindor becomes a Cub. Later, Kap is joined by Connor McKnight, host of the "Baseball from Home Podcast" on the House of L Network as they discuss the future of baseball after the 60 game season.

(1:20) - Cubs dominate Cleveland

(12:40) - Can Francisco Lindor be a Cub in the future?

(21:30) - Connor McKnight joins the podcast

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(25:40) - The future of baseball and entertainment

(31:00) - Who will be the future stars of baseball

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Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

Cubs' Twitter trolls Brewers, Christian Yelich after Yu Darvish's stellar start

The Cubs' Twitter account has been saving this one for nine months.

First, let us present you with this doozy of a tweet from the Cubs after Thursday's 4-2 win over Milwaukee.

If you recall, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went at Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish on Twitter last November. A since-deleted tweet from Yelich's account to Darvish read "nobody needs help facing you."

A video circulated in November that showed Darvish step off the rubber while Yelich was in the batter's box during a 2019 Cubs-Brewers game. Some suggested Darvish stepped off because Yelich's eyes moved, also suggesting Yelich was looking for signs stolen via technology.

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In response to the video, Darvish explained his actions from that game, clarifying he wasn't accusing Milwaukee of stealing signs.

Here we are nearly a year later, the Cubs' Twitter playing off Yelich's tweet after Darvish dominated Milwaukee. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, allowing a hit (a solo homer) and two walks while striking out 11.

If you're wondering, Yelich went 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch against Darvish on Thursday.

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