Chicago Cubs Sign Reliever Brian Duensing to a Two-Year Deal

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Brian Duensing

Since 2016, Michael Erin has served as a partner and associate consultant with Progressive Management and Associates in Chicago. He also holds leadership roles with PacificRock, LLC, and The Economic Club of Las Vegas. Outside of work, Michael Erin spends his free time traveling, following politics, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs.

In an off-season move to further improve the bull pen, the Chicago Cubs signed veteran reliever Brian Duensing to a two-year deal worth a reported $7 million. By securing Duensing through 2019, the Cubs will head into the 2018 season with at least two strong left-hander options to turn to for late-inning pitching.

Entering his 10th year in the majors, the 34-year-old Duensing was drafted by Minnesota in 2005 and spent his first seven seasons playing for the Twins. After a brief stint in Baltimore, he joined the Cubs in 2017. Despite starting last season on the disabled list, Duensing returned to the mound to appear in 63 games. He put up very respectable numbers, maintaining a 2.05 ERA and holding opponents to a .232 batting average.

Alongside Duensing, the Cubs will have lefties Mike Montgomery and Justin Wilson in the bull pen. The team’s other relievers include Dario Alvarez, Brandon Morrow, and Steve Chishek.


Top Cubs Prospect Ian Happ Enjoys Impressive MLB Debut

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Ian Happ

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In mid-May, Triple-A Iowa player Ian Happ got the chance of a lifetime when he was called up to play for the Cubs amidst several team injuries that left the ranks thin. Though the Cubs ended up losing the game against the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3, Happ’s MLB debut impressed both fans and team staff.

In the game’s seventh inning, the 22-year-old player made sure his first time at bat in the majors counted, hitting a two-run home run. As only the fifth Chicago player in 25 seasons to hit a homer in their MLB debut, Happ joins the ranks of Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, Jorge Soler, and Starlin Castro.

Joe Maddon, the manager of the team, praised Happ as a “calm and a confident young man,” saying that nobody on the Cubs staff was surprised to see Happ perform so well. After the game, Ian Happ took to Twitter to thank everyone for the “overwhelming” support.

Chicago Cubs Donate to Youth Softball and Baseball

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Chicago Cubs

Focusing on business and economics, Michael Erin obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. He then went on to serve as a captain in the US Armed Forces – Army, overseeing medical aid and safety for over 200 soldiers. Currently as the chief of staff and director of operations at Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Michael Erin directs the daily operations of the $4 million regional economic development company in southern Nevada. As a passionate fan, Mr. Erin enjoys following the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

In an effort to improve youth softball and baseball fields across 14 Chicago neighborhoods, the Chicago Cubs donated in excess of $860,000 to 14 Diamond Project qualifying organizations in 2016. Since its inception in 2014, the organization’s Diamond Project charity has granted nearly $1.8 million to support 32 capital improvement projects and 28 youth leagues across Chicago.

As one of three signature charity programs, the Diamond Project awards funds to local, neighborhood-based, non-profit organizations to help provide accessible, safe, and quality local indoor training facilities or baseball fields. The Chicago Cub’s charities, in partnership with Daktronics, have also donated seven ballpark scoreboards to local youth softball and baseball parks.

Maddon Says Confident Mindset is Key


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Manager Joe Maddon

After more than a decade of service in the US Army, Michael Erin now works as a successful business development professional. Outside his professional life, Michael Erin enjoys watching his favorite baseball team, the Chicago Cubs.

After faltering over a 24-game span before the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs have rebounded in the second half of the season, and the team’s confidence is ramping up in kind. The Cubs are at the front of the pack in the league, and have found themselves in the running to become the first to 70 victories.

Manager Joe Maddon attributes the team finding its way back to success to continuously pushing a mindset of confidence. In a recent interview, Maddon stressed his reliance on the psychological aspects of the game, believing so much in psychology, in fact, that he feels he could teach university classes on the subject when he isn’t managing the team.

Many of the team’s younger players, such as Carl Edwards, Jr., are benefiting from the emphasis on confidence and positive psychology.

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs Throws No-Hitter in April 2016

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Jake Arrieta

Former US Army Captain Michael Erin divides his time between roles as a principal at PacificRock, LLC, and as the vice president of development at The Economic Club of Las Vegas. Away from his professional endeavors, Michael Erin enjoys watching Major League Baseball, and his favorite team is the Chicago Cubs.

In April, Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw the first no-hitter of the 2016 MLB season in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. The sixth-year, right-handed pitcher from Texas Christian University has now thrown two such games during his career, with the first occurring only months earlier. Both of his no-hitters took place in road games, and only one other player has achieved more no-hitters on the in road in the league’s history: Nolan Ryan – who also holds the record for most career no-hitters at seven.

In 2013, Arrieta joined the Chicago Cubs after playing nearly four seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. In 2015, he won the Cy Young award for the National League. Only three other pitchers have thrown a no-hitter in the season following their Cy Young-winning campaigns.