Chicago Cubs: Ricketts dodging the fans; Need to shore core

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Chicago Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts has always addressed the fans at CubsCon. This year? Things have changed. And the Cubs are failing to support this core this winter.

Since the Ricketts family purchased the Chicago Cubs, they’ve been a fun bunch, of sorts. They are mingling in the crowd at games and doing a Q & A each Cubs Convention–until this year. The offseason has been, well, it’s been something. From coaching changes, the Addison Russell situation and more; it seems like they want to keep a lower profile at CubsCon this weekend. So for the first time, they’re skipping the panel they have done each year and doing the Ryan Dempster show, instead.

The Cubs have failed to do much of anything this winter. Aside from Daniel Descalso, it’s been depth signings, at best. So the Cubs may believe that the team is already in place and can win without a Harper or Machado. But our Jacob Misener believes the team is being negligent by not supporting a core in a championship window, which doesn’t happen often.

What we watched last season from Javier Baez was nothing short of spectacular. At the plate, in the field, and especially on the bases. It would be naive to call him a superstar just yet. But he may be on his way. Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs seems to have that same fire inside and is showing the same type of play on the field that Baez has.

These and some of the other stories you may have missed:

‘Why is Tom Ricketts ducking the fans?’ – Cubbie Crib

‘The Cubs need to support this core’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Mahomes brings Baez-like magic to the NFL’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs’ claim Clarkin–again‘ – Cubbies Crib

‘Reviewing six predictions from last year’ – Cubs Insider

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