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Classy Move: Jason Hammel Takes Out Ad to Thank Cubs Fans

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This weekend, the Chicago Cubs surprisingly declined their 2017 club option on pitcher Jason Hammel, despite a need for depth and a weak free agent market. Turns out, it was an understandable, and very classy move by the organization.


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Hammel returned the class today, taking out a full page ad in the Chicago Tribune to thank Cubs fans and the Cubs organization:

(If you can’t see the tweet picture, Cubs.com has a write-up on the ad.)

The messages in there are all fantastic, but I especially appreciated the embedded nod to the front office in this line: “We understand the business side of the game can sometimes force tough decisions, and we thank you for handling it with professionalism and integrity.”


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Don’t think that other players don’t become aware of that kind of thing. Well done, Cubs. Well done, Hammel.

Here’s hoping he makes a bundle in free agency.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.