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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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The baseball season is over and done with in Chicago, but there are still 12 teams across the country that have World Series dreams. From the New York Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers, which squads can Chicago baseball fans feel comfortable supporting? Join Kevin Kaduk, Luke Stuckmeyer, Kacy Standohar and Lawrence Benedetto as they discuss their World Series rooting preferences. Watch the replay on YouTube! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUoqORYLN4Y Subscribe to the show!

During a media scrum on Wednesday, exactly a week before the end of his first regular season in Major League Baseball, Seiya Suzuki was asked the question onlookers have wondered from the day he signed with the Cubs on a five-year, $85 million pact to now: “Are you an All-Star player going forward?” “At this stage, it’s where the best...

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When Hayden Wesneski walked off the mound at the end of his third career start for the Cubs on Wednesday, he didn’t think he had his best stuff all night. He said his slider — and particularly his two-strike slider — wasn’t playing the way he wanted it to, and that’s part of what forced him to grind through five-plus...

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Back on July 26, on a sunny, 79-degree day in front of a crowd of 30,978 Cubs fans, Willson Contreras thought he was saying goodbye to the fans who’d shown him so much love since he debuted six years earlier. Contreras, like just about everyone else around Major League Baseball, thought that final home game before the trade deadline would...

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For young players making their way through a full 162-game season for the first time, getting to the finish line is always the goal.

Knowing what it takes to get through a season and understanding how they have to prepare their body for that grind is one of those lessons they learn along the way. Then, when they've become "veterans," they'll have nailed out a routine that they know will get them all the way through year, one that just becomes natural for them the further along they get in their careers.

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