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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cubs Preview Programs Scheduled for 2016 Convention

The Cubs have released a preliminary schedule of events for the Convention weekend.  However, you will need to wait for the program to get the exact times and locations for the presentations and autograph schedule.

As usual, the Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday night at 6 p.m.  This year, children 16 and younger will be given “special access” to the event, although the Cubs have not given any further details about this.  After the ceremony, players will take part in a “Surprise Autograph Signing Game.”  It is not yet clear if the Cubs will be returning to the old “Treasure Hunt” format, in which players were stationed at random locations all throughout the convention space to sign autographs.  In 2015, the Cubs stationed only minor league prospects on Friday night in one location and no other players were to be found anywhere else in the hotel.
On Saturday, "Cubs [Family] Feud" and "Cubs Jeopardy" sessions will be held, as well as seminars on baseball management with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer and a baseball business operations presentation.  Joe Maddon and the coaching staff will host a question and answer session, and there will be a kids-only press conference in which only children are allowed questions to ask a panel of players.  (This is usually very entertaining.)

On Sunday there will be a session about the state of minor league system and Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber are scheduled to discuss the 2015 campaign.  Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins will join Rick Sutcliffe to reminisce about their Cy Young seasons.

Open all weekend will be “Clark's Clubhouse” where there will be games and activities for younger kids.

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