Cubs announce list of attendees for championship edition of Cubs Convention

Cubs announce list of attendees for championship edition of Cubs Convention

The Cubs announced Monday the complete list of current and former players who will be attending this weekend's Cubs Convention, a special championship edition of the annual event.

It will be an opportunity for fans to celebrate the 2016 World Series champs as well as Cubs alumni.

CSN will have complete coverage of Friday's opening ceremonies. SportsTalk Live comes to you live from the Sheraton Grand Chicago at 5 p.m. on CSN and CSN Plus, and the opening ceremonies follow as part of a 90-minute live special beginning at 5:30 p.m. on CSN Plus. You can catch a re-air of the opening ceremonies later Friday night on CSN following Blackhawks coverage.

Here's the complete list of players who will be in attendance this weekend.

Current players

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

Cubs alumni

John Baker
Jim Bullinger
Jose Cardenal
Jody Davis
Ryan Dempster
Bobby Dernier
Bob Howry
Randy Hundley
Fergie Jenkins
Jay Johnstone
Pete LaCock
Ted Lilly
Bill Madlock
Gary Matthews
Sean Marshall
Brian McRae
Dave Otto
Mike Remlinger
David Ross
Glendon Rusch
Ryne Sandberg
Scott Sanderson
Dwight Smith
Lee Smith
Tim Stoddard
Steve Trout
Todd Walker
Billy Williams
Kerry Wood

Coaching staff

Joe Maddon
Mike Borzello​
Chris Bosio
Tim Buss
Franklin Font
Eric Hinske
Brandon Hyde
Gary Jones
John Mallee
Dave Martinez
Chad Noble
Lester Strode

Baseball staff and broadcasters

Theo Epstein
Jed Hoyer
Jason McLeod
Randy Bush
Shiraz Rehman
Jaron Madison
Matt Dorey
Andrew Belleson
Ron Coomer
Jim Deshaies
Pat Hughes
Len Kasper

Team executives

Tom Ricketts
Laura Ricketts
Todd Ricketts
Crane Kenney

Special guest

Clark the Cub

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.

With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.

Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.

“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”

Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.

[MORE: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.

“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.

“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”

Preview: Cubs look to avoid getting swept by Dodgers today on CSN

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Preview: Cubs look to avoid getting swept by Dodgers today on CSN

The Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers today, and you can catch all the action on CSN and live streaming on CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports App.

Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Ryan Dempster. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Today’s starting pitching matchup: Jon Lester (3-2, 3.19 ERA) vs. Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.01 ERA)

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