Who needs to go to the Convention when you have Twitter to recap in real time? This morning, Theo, Jed, and numerous others took to the discussion panels and below is a recap from various sources. Highlights include Theo saying they want to be #1 in OBP and that walks are a symptom of a team with a good approach at the plate. Weird, I know…

BruceMiles2112 Bruce Miles
Standing O for Theo at fireside chat. He and Len settle into easy chairs. #Cubs

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Theo says he will remember Kerry Wood moment for the rest of his life. #Cubs

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Len is doing some major tap dancing about the Sean Marshall trade.

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Theo said if #Cubs could fill clubhouse w 25 Sean Marshalls they’d be going places. I’ve seen Sean play LF but SS might pose problem

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Len just asked Theo if Anthony Rizzo could be “next Prince Fielder” to set up Cubs’ forward thinking ways. Theo doesn’t bite there.

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Theo said #Cubs not old-school or new-school but thorough and inclusive

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Len deftly mixes in Bloomberg’s new deal with Cubs. Bloomberg is sponsoring this talk, name’s on the backdrop.

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Theo said #Cubs info mgmt systems were a little behind the times. Really?

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Theo gets applause for saying every player will run as hard as they can to first. Why didn’t he hire Shawon Dunston then?

BruceMiles2112 Bruce Miles
Ah, Theo goes for easy applause saying every player will run hard. #Cubs

PWSullivan Paul Sullivan
Theo sez he wanted a mgr like Sveum who deals w/ players “without enabling them or coddling them.” Amen.

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Theo insists new CBA compensation rules don’t put #Cubs at disadvantage

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Theo talks about hitters seeing a lot of pitches. Am I covering the #Cubs?

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Theo says he wants #Cubs to be first in OBP, not last. I’m callin’ Dusty

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Theo: Walks are a symptom of a team with a good approach at the plate.

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Theo’s all for increased steroid testing, except for 2004 Red Sox team.

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Theo says if Castro was 27, not 21, OBP would be a concern

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Farm system was much deeper than Theo thought. But, yeah, not much impact talent close to the bigs.

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Theo: #Cubs have more talent than given credit for

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Theo says #Cubs don’t want to fluke into division title and be out of it the next year. That’s never happened around here

espnchijon jon greenberg
Sorry had to erase last tweet. Theo said Cubs DON’T have enough talent or young players, guys earning their $$$. Not terrible, but not enuf.

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Theo is a big Jeff Beliveau fan. I’d say you can set aside a bullpen spot for him.

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
First question for Sveum: about Tony Campana.

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Dale Sveum is all about aggressiveness, which squares with his Boston rep as a “waiving” third base coach. #CubsCon

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Jed says Cubs scouted Cespedes and Soler “very hard” and says, generically, Cubs will be in on most young free agents. #CubsCon

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Sveum: “we’re not rebuilding. We’re just building.”

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Sveum is asked about Brewers players “annoying antics” last year. Sveum deftly notes sometimes it’s good to irritate other team. #CubsCon

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Player development panel with Fleita, Castillo, Samardzija and Kenney. #CubsCon pic.twitter.com/hxxepoDC

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Crane talking about the development of the Cubs’ DR facilities. Very important. #CubsCon

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Sveum: “we have plenty of guys who can have productive years.”

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Cubs unveil plans for new Dominican facility. Goal is March 2013. #CubsCon pic.twitter.com/lxvW1L0n

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For those who haven’t been listening: “(Signing Fielder’s) just not going to happen,” says sveum.

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
The reiterated goal for new Spring Training facilities is Spring 2014. #CubsCon

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Camp Bussy (formerly Colvin) attendees include Samardzija, Ryan Dempster, Matt Cerda and Tony Campana among many others.

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Fleita corrects himself in Camp Bussy attendees – Matt Szczur, not Cerda.

LenKasper Len Kasper
What an enlightening hour with Theo Epstein at the Convention today. I feel smarter just having listened to him talk about the game. #Cubs

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
Crane certainly likes to control his panel. He’s left about zero time for questions. #CubsCon

BleacherNation Brett Taylor
This was the panel, by the way, that Starlin Castro was supposed to be on. #CubsCon
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Jed Hoyer says he hopes #Cubs are team that finds next statistical breakthrough. Man, I’m in a parallel universe.
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And this covers a little more than 2 hours of this mornings panel…if anything else interesting pops up, I may add an update or two.
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