The annual Cubs Convention is right around the corner – next weekend January 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue. Festivities starts at 5PM on Friday January 14th. The Cubs anticipate that over 50 current and former Cubs players, coaches and prospects will be present at the 3-day weekend event.
Some of the highlights include:
The Ricketts Family Forum will kick off the activities on Saturday, January 15th. The Ricketts will be there to talk about the current team and they will be available to talk about the club’s plans for the future.
General Manager Jim Hendry, Special Assistant Greg Maddux, Assistant GM Randy Bush and Manager Mike Quade will be available for comments and questions in a session called “Meet Cubs Baseball Management”.
Quade will return for another session called the “Q Factor”. Quade and his staff — Mark Riggins, Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode, Ivan DeJesus, Bob Dernier and Dave Keller — will discuss how they plan to tackle the 2011 MLB schedule.
And in the “Dominican Way of Life” session, Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Carlos Pena and Oneri Fleita (the Cubs player development director) will discuss their transition from life in the Dominican Republic to life in the United States. Fleita will also offer some insight into how the Cubs scout and develop international players for the major leagues.
All in all it should be another great Cubs convention weekend. Plus, with all proceeds from the convention benefiting Chicago Cubs Charities, what more can you ask for…