Results tagged ‘ Mesa ’

7/23 Extra bases

* Outfielder David DeJesus could be activated from the disabled list soon. DeJesus has been sidelined since June 14 with a sprained right shoulder, and was playing for the Cubs’ Rookie League team now in Arizona.

“Everything is going really well right now,” Dale Sveum said of DeJesus’ rehab.

* Sveum and other Cubs staffers toured the team’s new Spring Training facility in Mesa on Tuesday.

“It’s beautiful,” Sveum said. “Obviously, we’re a few months away from the final touches being done but you can see it all coming together and how cool it is and the facility and the space and the weight room are going to be phenomenal. It’s just nice that it’s all ours, I think is the biggest thing, and that stadium will be something to see.”

The new facility is in east Mesa, located near the intersection of highways 101 and 202.

* Jake Arrieta, acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, could start for the Cubs on Tuesday when they play a makeup doubleheader against the Brewers. Arrieta was currently pitching at Triple-A Iowa. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.17 ERA in four starts, giving up nine earned runs over 15 2/3 innings.

* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick, joined Class A Boise on Tuesday. Bryant recorded his first professional hit, a double, and drove in two runs on Monday for the Cubs’ Rookie League team. Bryant had played two games for the Cubs’ Rookie League team, and provided all the offense in a 2-1 win over the Royals on Monday.

The third baseman will be joined in Boise by third-round pick Jacob Hannemann. Bryant, picked second overall, will be the highest Draft pick to ever play for the Hawks. Lou Montanez (2000) and Josh Vitters (2007), who were both taken third overall, did play for the team.

* Scott Baker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, was scheduled to make his third rehab start for Class A Kane County on Wednesday. So far, Baker has given up 10 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in two games.

– Carrie Muskat

3/13 Mesa mayor shows new spring site

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2/14 New spring digs

On Wednesday, Dale Sveum and some of the other Cubs coaches and staff toured the Spring Training construction site, located in west Mesa. It’s scheduled to open in 2014.

“It’s going to be one heck of a place,” Sveum said Thursday. “The designs and the pictures we saw and the models we saw, it’s going to be one special place. The weight room alone will be 9,000 square feet. The stadium looks really, really neat. It’ll be really fun to move in there next year.”

Will it make a difference in the Cubs’ record?

“It’s not going to make you win, it shouldn’t,” Sveum said.

But what it could do is help lure free agents to the Cubs who like the new set-up. Sveum helped with some of the planning.

“We basically did most of the cosmetic stuff that will go into the clubhouse,” he said. “The designs were what they were and [they asked] what do we want here? Where do we want the emblem? Where do we want TVs? What kind of TVs? How big? All the little things that go into a clubhouse that a lot of clubhouses have now, like iPod [docking stations].”

Sveum isn’t worried that the players will be spoiled by such perks.

“No, everybody else has it,” he said. “All the other clubhouses and new stadiums are all very, very nice. We’re just trying to keep up with the Joneses.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/30 Cubs spring schedule

The Cubs will open 2013 Spring Training on Feb. 23 against the Angels in Tempe, and play 17 home games at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz., plus two exhibition games in Las Vegas. The Cubs’ home opener, in what was expected to be their last season at HoHoKam, will be Feb. 24 against the Giants. Chicago is building a new Spring Training complex in west Mesa, which was scheduled to be ready for 2014 Spring Training. The 2013 schedule includes a trip to Las Vegas for a two-game series, March 16-17, against the Rangers. The Cubs also will play a home night game at HoHoKam Park on March 26 against the Reds. Individual Spring Training game tickets will go on sale Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. CT on Cubs.com or by calling 1-800-905-3315. The ticket box office at HoHoKam Park will open for the sale of individual game tickets beginning Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. MT.

Season tickets at HoHoKam Park go on sale Jan. 3 at 9 a.m. MT. Group tickets will be available starting Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. MT at the HoHoKam box office or by calling (480) 964-4467.

2013 Cubs Spring Training schedule

DATE/OPPONENT/SITE

Feb. 23 vs. Angels at Tempe
Feb. 24 vs. Giants in Mesa
Feb. 25 vs. Dodgers at Glendale
Feb. 26 vs. Rockies in Mesa
Feb. 27 vs. Dodgers in Mesa
Feb. 28 vs. Athletics in Mesa
March 1 vs. Diamondbacks in Mesa
March 2 vs. Giants at Scottsdale
March 3 (ss) vs. Brewers in Mesa; vs. Angels at Tempe
March 4 vs. Indians in Mesa
March 5 vs Rockies at Scottsdale
March 6 vs. Rangers at Surprise
March 7 vs. White Sox in Mesa
March 8 vs. Reds at Goodyear
March 9 vs. Indians in Mesa
March 10 vs. Padres in Mesa
March 11 vs. Diamondbacks at Scottsdale
March 12 off day
March 13 vs. Rockies in Mesa
March 14 vs. Dodgers at Glendale
March 15 vs. White Sox in Glendale
March 16 (ss) vs. Royals in Mesa; vs. Rangers at Las Vegas
March 17 (ss) vs. Athletics at Phoenix; vs. Rangers at Las Vegas
March 18 vs. Padres at Peoria
March 19 vs. Rangers in Mesa
March 20 Off day
March 21 vs. Mariners at Peoria
March 22 vs. Brewers at Maryvale
March 23 vs. Angels in Mesa
March 24 vs. Indians at Goodyear
March 25 vs. Giants in Mesa
March 26 vs. Reds in Mesa
March 27 vs. Royals at Surprise
March 28 vs. Mariners in Mesa

 

11/2 ASU, Cubs end talks

Talks between Arizona State and the Cubs over the university’s baseball team using the MLB team’s new Spring Training stadium in Mesa, Ariz., apparently have ended. Thomas Lenneberg, assistant media relations director for ASU’s baseball team, told the East Valley Tribune on Thursday that talks are “pretty much over.”

Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs for the Cubs, told the newspaper the team was surprised ASU had ended the discussion. Apparently, the university wanted to use the baseball facility for events other than baseball, something the Cubs did not want to have happen. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Thursday he told Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts and ASU president Michael Crow that he “no longer would mediate” the talks, according to the Tribune.

A statement on ASU’s website says “the new Cubs management changed the original deal points and added new issues to the negotiation, the new terms became far too costly for the university, imposed too many restrictions on ASU’s use of the facility and exposed the university to too great a level of financial liability for the entire complex.”

ASU was reportedly asked to pay $2 million for its own locker room and a practice field. Green said the Sun Devils would receive nearly $1.1 million every year plus play in a rent-free stadium.

“When you factor the people of Mesa are paying for a $100 million stadium, that’s a small amount to pay when you don’t have to build your own stadium and stand to triple your revenues,” Green said.

Construction is underway for the Cubs new Spring Training facility located along Dobson Road near Loop 202 in west Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat

7/17 New Spring Training site underway

In case you missed it, Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts joined Mesa, Ariz., city and community leaders at a groundbreaking ceremony July 11 for the team’s new Spring Training facility. The new stadium will hold 15,000 people, and the facility was expected to be completed by Spring Training 2014. The Cubs are taking over land which had been occupied by the Riverview Golf Course in west Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat 

2/6 Back to work

I apologize for the lull in postings. I went on what was supposed to be a baseball-free vacation, but the movie on the flight was “Moneyball.” The concierge at our hotel was drafted by the Yankees and knew Geovany Soto. Heard a lot of discussion about the power of the Dominican Republic team in the Caribbean World Series. On the flight home, the attendant announced they didn’t have the movie “Dolphin Tale” so we watched “Moneyball” again. What is important is that Cubs pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz., in 12 days. See everyone soon at Fitch Park.

– Carrie Muskat

1/21 Cubs spring broadcast schedule

The Cubs released their Spring Training broadcast schedule, and for the second straight year, most of the games will be available via television, radio or internet radio broadcast. A Cubs game will be available every day of the spring schedule via one or more broadcast mediums, and 30 of the 35 games are scheduled to be available to Cubs fans overall.
 
Six games will be televised (four by WGN and two by Comcast SportsNet), 10 will be on the WGN Cubs radio network, and 20 via internet radio broadcast on www.cubs.com.  Fans will be able to access the Cubs Webcasts on Cubs.com and MLB.com for free by registering for a log-in account with the website.
 
WGN Radio will broadcast three of the first four games: March 5 vs. Athletics; March 6 vs. Rockies; and March 7 vs. Royals. The first televised spring game will be on WGN on March 10 when the Cubs face the Brewers in Maryvale. All games start at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted.
 
Date/opponent/site/broadcast availability
 
March 4 vs. Athletics, Mesa, Cubs.com
March 5 vs. Athletics, Mesa, WGN Radio
March 6 vs. Rockies, Mesa, WGN Radio
March 7 at Royals, Surprise; WGN Radio
March 8 vs. Mariners, Mesa, Cubs.com
March 9 at White Sox, Glendale, Cubs.com
March 10 at Brewers, Maryvale, WGN-TV, WGN Radio
March 11 at Dodgers, Glendale, WGN-TV, Cubs.com
March 12 vs. Reds, Mesa, WGN Radio
March 13 at Giants, Scottsdale, Cubs.com
March 14 vs. Brewers, Mesa, Cubs.com
March 15 (ss) vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa, Cubs.com; at Rockies, Scottsdale
March 16 vs. Giants, Mesa, Cubs.com
March 17 (ss) at Athletics, Phoenix, WGN Radio; vs. Rangers, Las Vegas
March 18 (ss) vs. White Sox, Mesa, Cubs.com; vs. Rangers, Las Vegas
March 19 at Mariners, Peoria, Cubs.com
March 20 (ss) vs. Rangers, Mesa, Cubs.com; at Athletics, Phoenix
March 22 at Rangers, Surprise, CSN, Cubs.com
March 23 at Rockies, Scottsdale, Cubs.com (1:10 p.m. MT)
March 24 vs. Padres, Mesa, WGN-TV, WGN Radio
March 25 at Indians, Goodyear, WGN-TV, WGN Radio
March 26 (ss) vs. Padres, Mesa, Cubs.com; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale
March 27 at Reds, Goodyear, Cubs.com
March 28 vs. Indians, Mesa, Cubs.com
March 29 at Padres, Peoria, Cubs.com
March 30 vs. Dodgers, Mesa, Cubs.com
March 31 vs. Angels, Mesa, CSN, WGN Radio
April 1 at Angels, Tempe, Cubs.com
April 2 at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale, Cubs.com (1:10 p.m. MT)
April 3 vs. Brewers, Mesa, WGN Radio (12:05 p.m. MT)
 
– Carrie Muskat 

1/4 Spring report dates for Cubs

Want to see the Cubs this spring? Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 18, and the full squad must report by Feb. 23. The first full squad workout under new manager Dale Sveum and staff at Fitch Park will be Feb. 24.
 
– Carrie Muskat
 

11/28 A’s consider Mesa as Spring Training site

When the Cubs leave their current Spring Training facility in Mesa, Ariz., the Athletics could move in. The A’s have entered exclusive negotiations with the city of Mesa that could result in a move from Phoenix. The Cubs are relocating to a new site in Mesa, which was expected to be ready for Spring Training 2014. The A’s would move their year-round Minor League operations from Phoenix’s Papago Sports Complex to Mesa’s Fitch Park. The exclusive negotiation period lasts through May 15. Oakland’s current agreement with the city of Phoenix expires after the 2014 season.

– Carrie Muskat

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