Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist among convention attendees

CHICAGO – More than 75 Chicago Cubs players, alumni and staff including newcomers Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist will be in attendance at the 31st annual Cubs Convention next weekend at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, the team announced on Friday. Franchise home run leader Sammy Sosa, however, won’t be there as he and the Cubs continue a rift which began at the end of Sosa’s career in Chicago.

The newcomers will be joined by many of the Cubs who made it to the NLCS last season including Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant, Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta and manager of the year Joe Maddon. Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Jon Lester will also be in attendance as the weekend will be filled with autograph sessions and panel discussions.

Former Cubs Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, Rick Sutcliffe and Kerry Wood headline alumni who will be attending and part of the weekend festivities as well.

A percentage of proceeds from the weekend benefit Cubs charities. Opening ceremonies are Friday at 6 pm. Here is a full list of current and former Cubs attending:

Andury Acevedo, RHP

Miguel Montero, C

John Baker, C

Arismendy Alcantara, INF/OF

Edgar Olmos, LHP

Jose Cardenal, OF

Jake Arrieta, RHP

Neil Ramirez, RHP

Ryan Dempster, RHP

Javier Baez, INF

Clayton Richard, LHP

Bobby Dernier, OF

Dallas Beeler, RHP

Anthony Rizzo, INF

Scott Eyre, LHP

Rex Brothers, LHP

Hector Rondon, RHP

Randy Hundley, C

Kris Bryant, INF

David Ross, C

Fergie Jenkins, RHP

Trevor Cahill, RHP

Zac Rosscup, LHP

Jon Lieber, RHP

Jeimer Candelario, INF

Addison Russell, INF

Ted Lilly, LHP

Carl Edwards Jr., RHP

Kyle Schwarber, C

Bill Madlock, INF

Justin Grimm, RHP

Jorge Soler, OF

Dave Otto, LHP, Broadcaster

Jason Hammel, RHP

Pedro Strop, RHP

Ryne Sandberg, INF

Kyle Hendricks, RHP

Matt Szczur, OF

Scott Sanderson, RHP

Jason Heyward, OF

Dan Vogelbach, INF

Lee Smith, RHP

Pierce Johnson, RHP

Adam Warren, RHP

Tim Stoddard, RHP

Eric Jokisch, LHP

Travis Wood, LHP

Rick Sutcliffe, RHP

John Lackey, RHP

Ben Zobrist, INF

Steve Trout, LHP

Jon Lester, LHP

Billy Williams, OF

Kerry Wood, RHP