If you have any questions, just ask - cubsconvention@hotmail.com. And be sure to send along your photos and experiences after the Convention so we can share!

Please visit the Cubs Convention Fans Subreddit to share your thoughts on the Cubs Convention, who you got to meet, what presentations you attended, what you got autographed, what players and features you would like to see at the Cubs Convention or to ask questions.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Full List of Players, Coaches and Others Scheduled for 2018 Cubs Convention

Current Players:            Position
Albert Almora Jr.          OF
Javier Baez                   INF
Kris Bryant                   INF
Eddie Butler                 RHP
Victor Caratini             C
Tyler Chatwood           RHP
Steve Cishek                RHP
Willson Contreras        C
Carl Edwards Jr.          RHP
Luke Farrell                 RHP  
Justin Grimm               RHP
Ian Happ                      INF/OF
Kyle Hendricks            RHP
Jason Heyward            OF
Tommy La Stella         INF
Dillon Maples              RHP
Alec Mills                    RHP
Mike Montgomery      LHP
Anthony Rizzo            INF
Randy Rosario             LHP 
Addison Russell          INF
Kyle Schwarber          C/OF
Justin Wilson              LHP
Mark Zagunis             OF
Rob Zastryzny            LHP
Ben Zobrist                 INF/OF

(Notice - Jon Lester, Pedro Strop and Jose Quintana are not listed)

Cubs Alumni:    Position
Terry Adams                RHP     (First alumni return)
John Baker                   C
Larry Biittner               INF/OF
Shawn Boskie              RHP     (First alumni return)
Ray Burris                   RHP     (Not sure he has ever been to a Convention prior)
Jose Cardenal              OF
Doug Dascenzo           OF
Jody Davis                   C
Andre Dawson            OF
David DeJesus            OF
Ryan Dempster           RHP
Bobby Dernier            OF
Mike Fontenot            INF      (First alumni return)
Koyie Hill                   C         (First alumni return)
Bob Howry                 RHP
Randy Hundley          C
Fergie Jenkins            RHP
Pete LaCock              INF/OF
Derrek Lee                 INF
Jon Lieber                  RHP
Ted Lilly                    LHP
Bill Madlock              INF
Sean Marshall            LHP
Brian McRae             OF
Matt Murton              OF       (First alumni return)
Dave Otto                  LHP
Juan Pierre                 OF       (First alumni return)
Mike Remlinger        LHP
Paul Reuschel            RHP
David Ross                C
Glendon Rusch          LHP
James Russell            LHP     (First alumni return)
Ryne Sandberg          INF
Scott Sanderson        RHP
Dwight Smith           OF
Lee Smith                 RHP
Tim Stoddard            RHP
Rick Sutcliffe           RHP
Ryan Sweeney          OF       (First alumni return)
Steve Trout               LHP
Billy Williams          OF
Kerry Wood              RHP
Carlos Zambrano      RHP     (First alumni return)

Coaching Staff: Position
Joe Maddon                Manager
Mike Borzello            Catching Coach
Tim Buss                    Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Brian Butterfield        Third Base Coach
Juan Cabreja               Staff Assistant
Chili Davis                 Hitting Coach
Franklin Font             Staff Assistant
Jim Hickey                 Pitching Coach
Andy Haines              Assistant Hitting Coach
Brandon Hyde           Bench Coach
Chad Noble               Bullpen Catcher
Lester Strode             Bullpen Coach
Will Venable              First Base Coach

Baseball Staff/Broadcasters:      Position
Theo Epstein               President, Baseball Operations
Jed Hoyer                    EVP, General Manager
Randy Bush                Assistant General Manager
Shiraz Rehman           Assistant General Manager
Scott Harris                 Director, Baseball Operations
Jaron Madison            Director, Player Development
Alex Suarez                Director, International Pro Scouting
Andrew Belleson        Public Address Announcer
Ron Coomer               Radio Broadcaster
Jim Deshaies              TV Broadcaster
Pat Hughes                 Radio Broadcaster
Len Kasper                  TV Broadcaster

(Poor Gary Pressy - he doesn't even get listed but they make him play the organ in the lobby.)

Team Executives:          Position
Tom Ricketts                Chairman
Laura Ricketts              Board Member
Todd Ricketts               Board Member
Crane Kenney              President, Business Operations

Special Guests: Position

Clark the Bear              Team Mascot

Monday, January 8, 2018

Cubs Announce Alumni Attendees for 2018 Cubs Convention

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Visit the Cubs Convention subreddit

The forum was little used and recently overcome with spam so it was discontinued.  If you would like to discuss the Cubs Convention, share photos and experiences or have any questions check out https://www.reddit.com/r/CubsConventionFans/

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2018 Convention Passes Have Started to Ship

Albert Almora, Jr. is so excited for the 2018 Cubs Convention
Check your mailboxes - Cubs Convention weekend passes have started to ship! 

Hopefully you were one of the lucky ones who was able to secure passes and/or a hotel room package for the event.  If not, you're just like me!  I was shutout for the first time since I started attending in 1995.  So I may or may not see you there...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2018 Convention - Sheraton Sold Out in Matter of Hours

The Cubs made the rooms for the 2018 Cubs Convention at the Sheraton available this morning at 10:00 a.m. and they were sold out within just hours.  If you are planning to attend the Convention, to be held January 12 through 14, you will need to make other arrangements!

Weekend passes will be made available at a later date.  Last year, the passes cost $108, not including convenience and ordering fees.

Monday, January 16, 2017

So How Was Your 2017 Cubs Convention?

The very first Cubs Convention to celebrate a World's Championship is now history.  Tell us how it went!

Who were you able to meet for autographs or photographs?

What is most interesting or funniest thing that happened at one of the presentations?

What did you love about the weekend?

What did you hate about the weekend?

Have your feet and legs recovered yet from standing all weekend!?

Did you spend enough money!?

If you have any photographs from the weekend that you would like to share, please email them to cubsconvention@hotmail.com and let us know how you would like to be credited.


Seth H. shared these photos of the autograph line for David Ross on Saturday morning.  The signing session was held in the hotel's parking garage, imaginatively dubbed "The Dugout." Word is that anyone not in line by 5:00 a.m. was out of luck for the Ross signing, which began at 9:00 a.m.

David Ross line in front of Seth

David Ross line in back of Seth
Sackman23 reports that the line to see the trophy was long and it took him about 1:45 to get through it - just to be rushed for a quick photo in the poorly lit "Trophy Room" tent. Seeing the trophy was very cool, even if brief.  What a year for the Cubs and all of us fans! 
The trophy in all its glass-encased glory

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TV Coverage for the 2017 Cubs Convention

CSN Chicago is set to air the Cubs Convention opening ceremonies live Friday, January 13, 2017 on CSN plus (Comcast 201) starting at 5:30 p.m.  (The Blackhawks will be on the main channel broadcast.)
Then, WGN's Dan Roan is set to host “Cubs Convention 2017” on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (CST), live from the Convention.  
From WGN:
"Featuring coverage of the convention weekend starting with Friday’s opening ceremonies, the special will also include player introductions as well as special interviews with players and coaches on their post-World Series experiences. The broadcast will include highlights from “Friday Night with Ryan Dempster” (the former Cubs pitcher’s annual talk show at the convention) and interviews with Cubs legends. The special will also show some of the seminars featuring Cubs stars, as well as interviews with recently acquired players."
If you miss it, “Cubs Convention 2017” will be replayed on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at noon (CST) on CLTV.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Here is the list of confirmed attendees and panels for the 2017 Cubs Convention

Registration has changed:
On Friday, registration will open at noon and will be located on Level 1 (the lowest level).
On Saturday, registration will open at 8:00 a.m. and will return to the normal spot - to the left of the lobby entrance on the main level.

Saturday panel sessions will include:
Baseball Operations
Cubs Business Operations Update
Joe Maddon and His Coaching Staff
Kids Only Press Conference
Ricketts Family
Cubs Jeopardy
On the Mound (New for 2017 and scheduled to feature Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Mike Montgomery and Wade Davis)
All-Star Infield (New for 2017 and scheduled to feature Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist)
Cubs Legends (New for 2017 - Ryno?  Billy Williams?  Steve Trout?)

World Series trophy on display:
The World Series Trophy will be on display at the Convention in the "Cubs Trophy Room" and will be available for fan photos.

Current Players:
Albert Almora Jr., OF
Jake Arrieta, RHP
Javier Baez, INF
Kris Bryant, INF
Jeimer Candelario, INF
Willson Contreras, C
Wade Davis, RHP
Brian Duensing, LHP
Carl Edwards Jr., RHP
Justin Grimm, RHP
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Jason Heyward, OF
Jon Jay, OF
John Lackey, RHP
Jon Lester, LHP
Miguel Montero, C
Mike Montgomery, LHP
Felix Pena, RHP
Anthony Rizzo, INF
Hector Rondon, RHP
Jose Rosario, RHP
Addison Russell, INF
Kyle Schwarber, C/OF
Pedro Strop, RHP
Matt Szczur, OF
Rob Zastryzny, LHP
Ben Zobrist, INF/OF

Cubs Alumni:
John Baker, C
Jim Bullinger, RHP
Jose Cardenal, OF
Jody Davis, C
Ryan Dempster, RHP
Bobby Dernier, OF
Bob Howry, RHP
Randy Hundley, C
Fergie Jenkins, RHP
Jay Johnstone, OF
Pete LaCock, INF/OF  (1st Convention Appearance)
Ted Lilly, LHP
Bill Madlock, INF
Gary Matthews, OF
Sean Marshall, LHP (1st Convention Appearance since he was active Cub)
Brian McRae, OF (1st Convention Appearance since he was active Cub)
Dave Otto, LHP
Mike Remlinger, LHP
David Ross, C (So strange to see him on the Alumni list!)
Glendon Rusch, LHP
Ryne Sandberg, INF
Scott Sanderson, RHP
Dwight Smith, OF
Lee Smith, RHP
Tim Stoddard, RHP
Steve Trout, LHP
Todd Walker, INF
Billy Williams, OF
Kerry Wood, RHP

Coaching Staff:
Joe Maddon, Manager
Mike Borzello, Catching Coach
Chris Bosio, Pitching Coach
Tim Buss, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Franklin Font, Staff Assistant
Eric Hinske, Asst. Hitting Coach
Brandon Hyde, First Base Coach
Gary Jones, Third Base Coach
John Mallee, Hitting Coach
Dave Martinez, Bench Coach
Chad Noble, Bullpen Catcher
Lester Strode, Bullpen Coach

Baseball Staff/Broadcasters:
Theo Epstein, President, Baseball Operations
Jed Hoyer, EVP, General Manager
Jason McLeod, SVP, Scouting & Player Development
Randy Bush, Asst. General Manager
Shiraz Rehman, Asst. General Manager
Jaron Madison, Director, Player Development
Matt Dorey, Director, Amateur Scouting
Andrew Belleson, Public Address Announcer
Ron Coomer, Radio Broadcaster
Jim Deshaies, TV Broadcaster
Pat Hughes, Radio Broadcaster
Len Kasper, TV Broadcaster

Team Executives:
Tom Ricketts, Chairman
Laura Ricketts, Board Member
Todd Ricketts, Board Member
Crane Kenney, President, Business Operations

Special Guest:
Clark, Team Mascot

Here is the full schedule from last year for those curious

The full schedule will be published in the Cubs Convention program that you will be given at registration.  If you have never been to a Convention, here is the format you should expect as shown in the 2016 program.

(Note: The circles around some players were made by me and are not part of the program.)


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekend Passes Now Available Through Mastercard

If you have not yet purchased weekend passes for the 2017 Cubs Convention you just might be in luck - if you have a MasterCard!  MasterCard has made available 50 pairs of weekend passes through their Priceless benefits program.

Go to https://www.priceless.com/en-us/unitedstates/2017-Cubs-Convention/offer.html for an opportunity to purchase a pair of passes for $216.  That's face value!  (The passes are only sold in pairs.)

When you complete your order, you will receive a voucher via email that can be exchanged for the passes at the registration desk.

Good luck!