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Cubs Announcer Pat Hughes Wins 11th Sportscaster Of The Year Award

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For the 11th time in his career, Chicago Cubs radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named a Sportscaster of the Year Award winner.

Hughes, 62, was named the Illinois co-Sportscaster of the Year on Tuesday, joining Mark Giangreco of ABC-7. The honor is Hughes’s eighth in the state of Illinois, having won three in Wisconsin while calling Milwaukee Brewers games.

“I’d like to dedicate this award to three special parties,” said Hughes per MLB.com. “First, I have the best announcing partner in baseball in Ron Coomer. We both work for the finest executive producer in America, and that is Mitch Rosen. And the Chicago Cubs fans are the sweetest listening audience on the planet.”

Since 1996, Hughes has called Cubs games on WSCR, otherwise known as 670 The Score. 2018 will mark his 23rd season with the Cubs, and 36th consecutive season broadcasting Major League Baseball.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado

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The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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Cubs’ Addison Russell Receives 40-Game Suspension

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Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has been suspended without pay for 40 games, retroactive to September 21st, the date he was placed on administrative leave, under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, according to ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers.

The league formally announced the suspension on Wednesday, and Russell will not appeal the suspension.

Russell was placed on administrative leave back in September amid allegations of physical and verbal abuse brought forward by his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy.

“My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Addison Russell violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Russell violated the Policy and should be subject to discipline in the form of an unpaid suspension that will cover 40 games.”

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Cubs Acquire Terrance Gore

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The Chicago Cubs have acquired outfielder Terrance Gore from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for cash considerations, according to an announcement from the organization on Wednesday.

Gore, 27, will bring the Cubs a  legit base-stealing threat.

Gore is likely to start off his run with the Cubs in their minor league system as they eye using him as a weapon in the playoffs, and could be called up when rosters officially are expanded for the stretch run in September.

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