Cubs News and Notes: Cubs camp highlights, The Hawk, Bat flips, HOF, Ian Happ, more


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Jake Arrieta is back with the Cubs (Photo: Cubs)
Jake Arrieta is back with the Cubs (Photo: Cubs)

Cubs baseball is back for 2021! It truly feels like it has been forever.

Here at CubsHQ, we will try to bring you some of the latest news and notes from camp and try to highlight some of the fun and interesting things on social media regarding the ballclub.

Spring training with the Cubs at Sloan Park has been jam-packed the last few days as players have arrived, gotten testing out of the way, and now working out in front of teammates and coaches.

Check out a few pics from the first few days:

Here is the workout video for different Cubs players on Thursday:

Here is a link to our first Spring Training gallery (19 photos total) from Thursday, courtesy of Kassie Hager.

Cubs legend Andre 'Hawk' Dawson will be a guest of the Mound' with Ryan Dempster on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CST on Marquee Sports Network.

Here is a preview of the interview:

Fergie Jenkins is one of the GOATS for the Cubs regarding starting pitching. Jenkins is giving away a few autograph baseball cards of himself.

To be eligible, RT the following post:

Today is Friday, so Cubs Productions released a 'Happy flippin' Friday' video clip for fans of bat flip highlights. Enjoy!

Interesting tidbit on the pitching staff for 2021 as Adbert Alzolay still has an option left so he could be shuttled back and forth from the minor leagues to the majors at some point.

This is a really cool picture of Chicago's Wrigley Field back in 1945 during the World Series restored in color.

This is an interesting read about the Hall of Fame and how they didn't vote anyone in this year.

Do you think Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and others from the steroid era will get in eventually?

New Cubs pitcher Trevor Williams was interviewed by MLB Network recently about how pitching for the Cubs is a dream come true for him but especially for his father.

Ian Happ is still doing great charity working including his efforts with Connect Roasters.

Check out the bundles that are already sold out that had autographs when you bought coffee—pretty cool stuff.

One interesting tidbit from the youngster lefty Brendon Little.

He is now throwing gas at 99 MPH, which is one reason he has been somewhat surprisingly invited to Spring Training. An impressive heater with a nice slider combo should bode well for his future.

New Cubs arm Brandon Workman should be a solid contributor in 2021.

David Ross thinks he will be a valuable addition in the bullpen this season.

“[Workman] is a guy I got a lot of history with,” Ross said. “We played together in 2013 on that championship team in Boston. So I’ve got some background there. I’ve kind of followed his career a little bit. The year he had in [2019], it was pretty impressive out of the bullpen in Boston."

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