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1000 Words: Happy Birthday to Jake Arrieta

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Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta turned 29 years old Friday. The right-hander enjoyed his best season as a major leaguer last year, finishing 10-5 with a 2.53 ERA and a 9.6 K/9 rate over 156.2 innings. He’s projected to start Sunday as the Cubs host the Rangers in Cactus League action.

1000 Words: Manny being mentor

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Since Manny Ramirez (right) joined the Cubs organization midway through 2014, he has worked as a mentor for many of the young players in the system, including second baseman Javier Baez (left). This season, Ramirez, a two-time World Series champion and a member of the 500 home run club, is serving as a hitting consultant for the organization. He’ll continue to work with the players as the year progresses.

1000 Words: Watch and Learn

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Three-time National League All-Star Starlin Castro fields a ball during an infield drill at Spring Training while highly regarded prospect Addison Russell looks on. Russell is viewed as a top five prospect in baseball by ESPN, Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America.

1000 Words: Dexter Fowler is ready for his close up

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New Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler smiles for the camera as a storm front blows in at Cubs photo day in Mesa Monday.

Cactus Notes: Photo day + rain

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Monday was photo day at Cubs camp in Mesa, Arizona, so the players and coaches spent the morning running from station to station getting their pictures taken and doing interviews. The day includes everyone from team photographers to Topps to MLB.com to, well, us.

But just as the gauntlet was coming to an end, the skies opened up and washed out most of the training day in “sunny” Arizona. The players did their work in the batting cages, and they should be back at it on the practice fields Tuesday, when sunnier skies are expected. The Cubs open their Cactus League slate on Thursday with split-squad games against the Athletics at Sloan Park and the Giants in Scottsdale.

All spring long, watch for our video series with players and coaches here on the blog.

1000 Words: Welcome back, Cubs baseball

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While many players arrived early in Mesa to get the season started, pitchers and catchers officially reported to Spring Training on Thursday. After a number of notable offseason acquisitions—including pitchers Jon Lester and Jason Hammel and catchers Miguel Montero and David Ross—the Cubs are primed for a dramatic improvement in the standings and are now viewed as dark-horse playoff contenders. Whatever happens this season, the journey begins today.

1000 Words: #TBT to the 2015 Cubs Convention

Last weekend’s 30th Annual Cubs Convention was enjoyed by thousands of fans who had an opportunity to mingle with members of their favorite team at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Whether it was their first convention, or their 30th, most walked away with lasting memories. Though it was only a few days ago, here are some images to remember from the sold-out event:

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1000 Words: Happy Holidays from Vine Line and the Cubs

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Earlier this month, the Cubs concluded their 100 Gifts of Service project with their toy drive at the annual tree-lighting ceremony. Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Cubs Charities Chair Laura Ricketts, Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins, President of Business Operations Crane Kenney, Clark the Cub and others were on hand to help ring in the holidays.

From Vine Line and the Chicago Cubs, we’d like to wish everybody a safe and happy holiday season.

1000 Words: Happy Thanksgiving

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The Chicago Cubs and Vine Line would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

1000 Words: Happy 25th to Anthony Rizzo

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If you’re coming out to Wrigley Field Friday, make sure to wish Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo a happy 25th birthday. The 2014 All-Star is having a career year so far, posting a .281/.384/.506 (AVG/OBP/SLG) line with 25 home runs and 61 RBI in 111 games.

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