#Cubs new, old to attend convention

New Cubs Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, and Adam Warren will attend the 31st Cubs Convention, Jan. 15-17, which will feature a seminar with Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

National League manager of the year Joe Maddon, his coaching staff and players from the current roster, including 2015 NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta and NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant, will take part in the winter fan fest at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

The opening ceremony will be Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. CT, beginning with player introductions.

Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber will share their first-season experiences in the big leagues with fans during the “Rock Star Rookies” panel presented by Wintrust. Arrieta and Jenkins will join another Cy Young winner, Rick Sutclifffe, to talk about their award-winning seasons.

Other current Cubs who will take part include Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, Arismendy Alcantara, Neil Ramirez, Clayton Richard, Dallas Beeler, Anthony Rizzo, Hector Rondon, David Ross, Trevor Cahill, Zac Rosscup, Jeimer Candelario, Carl Edwards Jr., Justin Grimm, Jorge Soler, Jason Hammel, Pedro Strop, Kyle Hendricks, Matt Szczur, Dan Vogelbach, Pierce Johnson, Eric Jokisch, and Travis Wood.

Cubs alum who will attend include Ryan Dempster, John Baker, Bobby Dernier, Scott Eyre, Randy Hundley, Jon Lieber, Ted Lilly, Bill Madlock, Dave Otto, Scott Sanderson, Lee Smith, Tim Stoddard, Steve Trout and Kerry Wood. Broadcasters Len Kasper, Jim Deshaies, Ron Coomer and Pat Hughes also will take part.

A percentage of the proceeds from the Cubs Convention benefits Cubs Charities. To date, the event has raised more than $4 million for Cubs Charities.

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