Results tagged ‘ Shawon Dunston ’

1/5 Cubs Convention schedule set for Jan. 13-15

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Dale Sveum and new Cubs Ian Stewart, David DeJesus, Travis Wood and Chris Volstad will take part in the 27th annual Cubs Convention, Jan. 13-15, at the Hilton Chicago. The fanfest also will be a chance for family and former teammates of Ron Santo to celebrate his entry into the Hall of Fame. Santo, who died in December 2010, was elected to Cooperstown last month.

Former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston and his son, Shawon Dunston Jr., who was selected in the First-Year Player Draft by the Cubs, will headline a father-son session.

Players in attendance will include Starlin Castro and Marlon Byrd; veterans Ryan Dempster and Carlos Marmol; as well as Darwin Barney, Tony Campana and Andrew Cashner. Among the prospects scheduled to participate are Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur and Josh Vitters, part of the more than 80 current and former members of the Cubs, coaches and prospects who will attend the convention.

Saturday’s schedule includes a “Behind the Scenes with Theo Epstein” in the Grand Ballroom with the new president of baseball operations. It will be followed by “Meet Cubs Baseball Management” featuring Hoyer, the new general manager, plus Sveum, the new manager, and assistant GM Randy Bush. Proceeds from the Convention benefit Chicago Cubs Charities.  The Cubs Convention has helped generate more than $4 million since its inception in 1986.

– Carrie Muskat

7/9 Castro to start ASG?

There’s a chance Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro could start in Tuesday’s All-Star Game and it could depend on whether Troy Tulowitzki starts Saturday night for the Rockies.

Jose Reyes, voted as the starting National League shortstop, will not play in Tuesday’s game in Phoenix because he’s on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Tulowitzki and Castro are the backups. Tulowitzki has been bothered by a sore right quadriceps strain, suffered Monday. If he plays Saturday, when the Rockies face the Nationals, he’ll play in the All-Star Game, the Rockies said.

Tulowitzki missed last year’s All-Star Game because of a fractured left wrist. The Rockies want their shortstop healthy for a second half run.

“In Tulo’s case, we’re going to monitor very closely how things go this weekend,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “With that being said, I’d hate to see the guy get grinded on in the All-Star Game. In order to take a run at the division, I know full wel that if we’re without him for an extended period of time, it’s not going to happen.”

This is Castro’s first All-Star Game, and he is the first Cubs shortstop to be named to the team since Shawon Dunston in 1990.

– Carrie Muskat

3/6 First-round Cubs facts

On Friday, the Cubs had three first-round Draft picks in the starting lineup: Tyler Colvin, Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson. All they needed was for 2008 pick Andrew Cashner to start. The trio went 5-for-8 with three RBIs, a double and a triple, and scored three runs in the 8-7 come from behind win over the Diamondbacks. Here are some first-round Draft pick tidbits, courtesy of Cubs historian Ed Hartig:

* On Sept. 21, 2009, Tyler Colvin was the first Cubs’ first-round pick to start a regular sesaon game for the team since Mark Prior did so Aug. 20, 2006.

* The last time two former Cubs first-round picks started in the same game was Sept. 28, 2005, vs. the Pirates when Corey Patterson and Prior did so.

* The last time three former Cubs first-round picks started a game was April 20, 1997, vs. the Mets. In that game, Shawon Dunston started at shortstop, Doug Glanville in center field and Brooks Kieschnick in right.

Only two other Cubs June first-round trios have have started in the same game. In 1988, Dunston, Rafael Palmeiro and Mike Harkey started on Sept. 11. In 1986, Dunston, Palmeiro and Drew Hall started three games: Sept. 14, Sept. 19 and Sept. 24.

– Carrie Muskat

12/23 The Hawk waits for HOF call

Andre Dawson’s wife Vanessa was determined to get their son, Darius, a pair of the latest Nike Air Jordan shoes for Christmas, which meant they had to be at the store by 5 a.m. Wednesday. Andre went with her.

“I told her, ‘Michael [Jordan] is sleeping, dreaming, and counting his millions and we’re out buying sneakers,’” Dawson said Wednesday from his Florida home.

They came away empty handed because the store didn’t have their son’s size. Dawson is hoping he gets better news on Jan. 6 when the Hall of Fame announces the induction class for 2010.

This will be Dawson’s ninth year on the ballot and it’s his best chance to get into Cooperstown. The former Cubs outfielder, who won the NL MVP in 1987, has heard from plenty of other players and Hall of Famers surprised the Hawk isn’t already enshrined.

“They say, ‘You should have been in already,’” Dawson said. “I hear that a lot. A lot of them say, ‘It’s going to happen.’ … A lot of people ask, ‘Why are they waiting?’ I obviously don’t have an answer for that. With no one ahead of me to hurdle, there’s a reason to be a little more optimistic.”

He’ll spend the day the same way as any other day, going to the gym in the morning. He’ll be home in time for the announcement.

“You want to be there when it is announced, just to get some of the feedback from the analysts on who got in and the reasons why the other players didn’t,” Dawson said. “That’s what I’ve had interest in the last few years is if the vote percentage  is going up and how much.”

All the Baseball Writers Association of America voting members need to do is check with Dawson’s teammates, like Shawon Dunston. He worships the Hawk.

“When he was hurt, he just played and played and I was very impressed,” Dunston told me in September. “People always talk about intangibles. He had bad knees and never complained, not once. He never asked to come out of a game, if we were winning 10-0 or down 10-0. … He’s a true gentleman and a true professional.”

Dunston bonded with Dawson immediately. The shortstop was stationed between Ryne Sandberg and Dawson in the home clubhouse at Wrigley Field.

“They were two of the quietest people in the world,” Dunston said. “They didn’t say more than 10 words a day. … I learned from Andre and Ryno how to go about your business and never complain.”

– Carrie Muskat 

9/18 Dunston has his say

Former Cubs shortstop Shawon Dunston has objected in bankruptcy court to the sale of the team because it owes him money to pay for a college education. In Dunston’s handwritten note, he said, “I, Shawon Dunston, being a former player of the Chicago Cubs from 4-9-85 – 10-5-95/4-5-97 – 10-4-97 am entitled to college scholarship funds obligated to me by the Chicago Cubs. To date, these scholarship funds have not been paid to me.”

Dunston was the Cubs’ first overall pick in 1982, selected out of high school.

The bankrupt Tribune Co., which owns the Cubs, has reached a deal to sell the team to the Ricketts’ family for $845 million. The deal must be approved by a bankruptcy court, and Dunston wrote to the judge to object.

Dunston, 46, who works for the Giants part time, told the Chicago Tribune Thursday night that a financial adviser told him to write the note.

“It was just a formality,” Dunston said. “When I signed the contract [in 1982], they said they’d pay for my college tuition if I ever went. It was part of my signing bonus but I never used it. My adviser asked me about it, and told me to send a letter by the 16th [of September], so that’s what I did. I have nothing against the Cubs.”

According to the Cubs, the contractural clause was standard for top high school players and amounted to $8,000 to $10,000.

“We are aware of Mr. Dunston’s concerns and are working to reach a satisfactory conclusion on this issue as quickly as possible,” Tribune Co. said in a statement. “We do not believe this will have any impact on closing of the Cubs transaction.”

Dunston told the Chicago Tribune the team doesn’t owe him anything. He missed two seasons because of a back injury and the team paid him well, he said.

“I love the Cubs and I’ll always be a Cub,” Dunston said. “If anything, I owe them something.”

– Carrie Muskat

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