As Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts spoke with a group of a half-dozen reporters at Wrigley Field in early September, he used the word “success” as he reflected upon the season with roughly a month left to play.

In the context of the team’s final record, no, it wasn’t a success. But when you look at what this season was always supposed to be about, there are plenty of individual “success” stories that provided hope for the Cubs’ future.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter and podcaster for CHGO. I've previously covered MLB for and a bunch of other sports for a bunch of other outlets. Follow me on Twitter @ryan_a_herrera