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Cubs' new mascot, Clark, won't do usual mascot stuff

Jan. 14, 2014 at 6:05 PM

CHICAGO, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- The Chicago Cubs have unveiled a new mascot, Clark, but team officials say he's not likely to be found on the field, leading crowd cheers during games.

More likely, the fuzzy icon will be seen outside Wrigley Field at children's hospitals, schools or family-oriented events, MLB.com reported Monday.

Clark made his debut Monday at the pediatric development center of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. The team said the visit meshed well with what surveys found people wanted: a mascot who interacted with the community, engaged with young fans and who was respectful of the game.

He'll work closely with the team's Cubs Charities organization, focusing on health and fitness education for children and families at risk, the team said.

He'll still be at the park during games, but greeting fans outside as they arrive and welcoming new guests. On family-themed game nights, he'll run the bases with the kids after the game.

What he won't be doing, the Cubs say, is tossing T-shirts into the crowd, dancing on top of the dugout, or riding an ATV around the warning track.

He'll be formally introduced Thursday by the Cubs during a winter carnival stop.

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