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The Cubs are hoping to find someone willing to buy naming rights for the new Spring Training stadium in Mesa, Ariz. For now, the ballpark will be called Cubs Park. Justin Piper, the GM for business operations in Mesa, said the name could change. The Cubs will play their first game at the new stadium Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks. On Jan. 25, the city of Mesa will hold a public grand opening for the stadium and the surrounding park. In 2010, Mesa voters approved a $99 million outlay of public money for the stadium complex, located at what was Riverview Golf Course in west Mesa.
The Cubs released the 2014 Spring Training schedule on Monday. They will play their first Cactus League game at their new spring stadium in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks and finish the schedule with two games at Chase Field in Phoenix. The 2014 Spring Training schedule includes 16 home games, 16 Cactus League road games, a pair of games in Las Vegas and two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
On March 15-16, the Cubs travel to Las Vegas for a two-game split-squad series against the Mets. The Cubs also will play one home night game in Mesa on March 24 against the Padres.
Individual game tickets for 2014 Cubs home Spring Training games will go on sale Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. CT at the ballpark’s ticket office, on http://www.Cubs.com, or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Season tickets at the Cubs new spring ballpark are on sale now and group tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.
All Cubs home Spring Training games begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted. Split squad games are denoted with an “ss.”
2014 Cubs Spring Training Schedule
(Date, Opponent, Site)
Feb. 27: vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa
Feb. 28: at Angels, Tempe
March 1 (ss): vs. Giants, Mesa; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale (7:10 p.m.)
March 2: vs. Royals, Mesa
March 3: at Brewers, Maryvale
March 4: vs. Athletics, Mesa
March 5: vs. Rockies, Mesa
March 6: at Indians, Goodyear
March 7 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; at Angels, Tempe
March 8: at Reds, Goodyear
March 9: vs. Brewers, Mesa
March 10: at Giants, Scottsdale
March 11: vs. Rockies, Mesa
March 12: at Mariners, Peoria
March 13: Off day
March 14: vs. Dodgers, Mesa
March 15 (ss): at Royals, Surprise; vs. Mets, Las Vegas
March 16 (ss): vs. Indians, Mesa; vs. Mets, Las Vegas
March 17 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Athletics, Phoenix
March 18: at Rangers, Surprise (7:05 p.m.)
March 19: at Rockies, Scottsdale (6:40 p.m.)
March 20: vs. Mariners, Mesa
March 21: at White Sox, Glendale
March 22: vs. Reds, Mesa
March 23: at Athletics, Phoenix
March 24: vs. Padres, Mesa (7:05 p.m.)
March 25 (ss): vs. Angels, Mesa; at Padres, Peoria (7:05 p.m.)
March 26: at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale
March 27: vs. White Sox, Mesa
March 28: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field
March 29: at Diamondbacks, Chase Field
– Carrie Muskat
* 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
* David DeJesus is making progress in his rehab from a sprained right shoulder. He started for the Cubs’ Rookie League team Sunday night against the Dodgers in Glendale, and could be activated from the DL by the end of the week.
* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, was to make his pro debut Sunday night for the Cubs’ Rookie League team. Watching Bryant in B.P. throw from third to first, you appreciate how good an arm this kid has.
* The Cubs’ new Spring Training facility and stadium have come a long way since March. There are actually fields. Don’t have pictures to share — couldn’t get close enough. The facility is scheduled to be ready for the 2014 Cactus League season.
– Carrie Muskat
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
Nearly all of the Cubs pitchers have reported to Fitch Park for early workouts, and they’ve been busy. Kyuji Fujikawa threw off the mound around 8 a.m. on Friday. Matt Garza has had no setbacks and Edwin Jackson was spotted headed to the cage to work on his bunting.
Pitchers and catchers must be in Arizona by Sunday, but the first workout will be Tuesday at Fitch Park, beginning around 9:30 a.m. The workout is delayed one day so players can undergo physicals on Monday. There will be some working out early.
About 30 players were at Fitch on Friday, including early birds David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Logan Watkins, Darnell McDonald and Steve Clevenger. The first full squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 17.
The Cubs are expecting about 62 players in camp, including outfielder Scott Hairston, whose contract has yet to be finalized. The front office will hold its organizational meetings Tuesday and Wednesday in the Phoenix area.
– Carrie Muskat
Javier Baez is among the 22 non-roster players invited to the Cubs’ Major League Spring Training camp, which begins Feb. 12 when pitchers and catchers hold their first formal workout in Mesa, Ariz. Position players are invited to report Feb. 16 with the team’s first full squad workout on Feb. 17.
The following 11 pitchers have been invited to Major League camp: right-handed pitchers Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Casey Coleman, Dayan Diaz, Jensen Lewis, Barret Loux, Blake Parker, Zach Putnam, Nick Struck and Cory Wade, as well as left-handed pitcher Hisanori Takahashi.
Three catchers have been invited to big league camp: J.C. Boscan, Michael Brenly and Rafael Lopez.
Five infielders have been invited to major league camp: Baez, Alberto Gonzalez, Brent Lillibridge, Edwin Maysonet and Brad Nelson.
Three outfielders have been invited to big league camp: Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald.
– Carrie Muskat
The Astros will tune up for their first season in the American League by playing their former National League Central Division rivals, the Cubs, in two spring exhibition games March 29-30 at Minute Maid Park. This will be the Cubs’ only visit to Houston in 2013. The two teams do square off at Wrigley Field June 21-23 in Interleague play. Start times for the exhibition games will be 7:05 p.m. CT on March 29 and 1:05 p.m. CT on March 30.
The Cubs close the Cactus League portion of their spring schedule on March 28 and open the 2013 regular season April 1 in Pittsburgh. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Feb. 10 with the first workout the following day. The full squad was scheduled to report Feb. 16 and will workout the next day under manager Dale Sveum.
– Carrie Muskat