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Chicago Cubs News: Football returning to Wrigley?

Jul 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (center) talks with relief pitcher Pedro Strop (right) and relief pitcher Hector Rondon (left) during batting practice prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (center) talks with relief pitcher Pedro Strop (right) and relief pitcher Hector Rondon (left) during batting practice prior to a game against the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports /
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"The Chicago Cubs hope to bring football back to Wrigley Field, possibly as soon as 2020; We continue with our player reviews, highlighting Jorge Soler and Aroldis Chapman’s seasons."

The Chicago Cubs have big things going on in Wrigleyville. When the dust has settled, they hope to add a few football games–and possibly a bowl game to the mix. The plans are still in the early stages, but the Cubs have Northwestern playing several games at Wrigley as a high priority. After that, they hope to line up a bowl game to host at Wrigley Field. Maybe with another World Series in the next few years, we could be hosting the “Dynasty Bowl” in 2020.

When the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman, he came with some baggage. While the domestic violence case had been dropped, but the lingering stigma remained. Chapman was able to put that all aside and was a critical piece down the stretch, even if his playoff numbers were less than impressive. While many welcomed him to Chicago, a fair amount of people saw it as a “black eye” for the organization.

Following the 2015 playoffs, many thought that Jorge Soler was ready to breakout in 2016. But that breakout never came, only consistency issues and injuries. For such a unique specimen, Soler has battled injuries–especially his hamstring–in his career. With the trade of Soler to Kansas City for Wade Davis, maybe he’ll get a chance to showcase what many Cubs’ fans still believe he can be.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Cubs hope to bring football back to Wrigley in 2020’ – Cubbies Crib

‘A look inside the MLB free-agent bargain bin’ – ESPN

‘Chapman’s character issues didn’t slow the Cubs hopes’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Lack of consistency, but still high upside for Soler’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Reds’ Phillips blocked deal to Braves’ – MLB.com

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Keep following Cubbies Crib for all your Cubs news, including more player reviews–and the passing of Cubs scout Stan Zielinski. These and other stories later today on Cubbies Crib.

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