Results tagged ‘ Spring Training ’

2/3 Ready for spring

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Workers are putting the final touches on the Cubs’ new spring facility in west Mesa, Ariz. It was cloudy today, but refreshing to know that pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13.

– Carrie Muskat

1/27 Spring broadcast schedule

Cubs fans who can’t get to Arizona for Spring Training will be able to follow the team on the air. The majority of the Cubs’ Cactus League games will be available via television, radio or Internet radio broadcast. A Cubs game will be available every game day of the spring schedule via one or more broadcast mediums, and 33 of the 36 games are scheduled to be available overall.

The schedule features 10 games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (four by WGN and six by Comcast SportsNet), an increase from the six televised last season. There will be eight on the WGN Cubs radio network and 23 via Internet radio broadcast on 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 TV will broadcast the first game from the team’s new spring home, Cubs Park, on Thursday, Feb. 27 against the Diamondbacks. WGN Radio will have its first broadcast the next day, Feb. 28, for the game against the Angels and feature the debut of new analyst Ron Coomer. Comcast SportsNet’s first game will be Sunday, March 16 against the Indians.

Cubs TV play-by-play announcer Len Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Double-A Tennessee, for most of the Cubs.com Internet radio broadcasts. You can find the Spring Training schedule on Cubs.com.

1/8 Spring Training

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Another photo from Cubs prospect Dustin Geiger, who is already in Mesa, Ariz., prepping for Spring Training. I asked if he could send some pictures of sunshine since it’s so cold here in Chicago, and he obliged. Tickets for spring games go on sale Saturday and there will be an open house on Jan. 25 at the new Cubs Park in Mesa. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13.

1/8 More spring training photos

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Here’s the new weight room in Mesa, Ariz., courtesy of Dustin Geiger.

1/7 Think spring: Cubs tix on sale Saturday

Want to see the Cubs play in their new Spring Training facility in Mesa, Ariz.? Single game tickets go on sale at the Cubs Park box office in Mesa on Saturday at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST. Tickets will be available at the same time by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS and at Cubs.com. Fans interested in purchasing tickets in-person in Mesa will have an opportunity to get a sneak peak at the new ballpark between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. MST.

The first game at Cubs Park will be Feb. 27 vs. the Diamondbacks.

Here are details for purchasing Spring Training single game tickets:

* Purchasing in-person
Tickets may be purchased at Cubs Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ. The box office opens Saturday at 10 a.m. MST. Standard hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, Saturday through March 27.

* Purchasing tickets by phone and online
Tickets may be purchased over the phone by dialing 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or online by visiting Cubs.com beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST.

Fans may direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Cubs Park, please visit http://www.cubs.com/mesa.

11/26 Cubs’ spring park needs name

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.

11/18 Cubs spring schedule

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.

Fans may direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Cubs Park, please visit http://www.cubs.com/mesa.

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

10/10 A peek inside new Cubs spring ballpark

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8/27 Making progress in Mesa

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Mesa Mayor Scott Smith shared this photo of the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility.

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

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