Results tagged ‘ Spring Training ’

7/21 Extra bases from Mesa, AZ

* 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

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

2/8 Spring Training update

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

2/2 Baez among non-roster invitees

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

12/11 Cubs vs. Astros March 29-30

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

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 

3/1 Cubs notebook

Don’t read much into the early Cubs lineups this spring. Dale Sveum is still experimenting.

“I’ll probably have different lineups every day,” he said Thursday. “Like I told these guys, don’t look into any of the lineups that I throw out in the first week or so. I’m just getting a feel for things.”

The Cubs get started Friday with the first of two intrasquad games at HoHoKam Park, beginning at 1 p.m. MT. It’s open to the public and admission is free. Travis Wood and Randy Wells will each start. One thing Sveum hasn’t had to worry about is how hard the players are working in his first camp.

“The effort has been tremendous,” Sveum said.

* Starlin Castro, Joe Mather, Jeff Samardzija and Randy Wells advanced to the sweet 16 of the Cubs bunting tournament on Thursday.

“I’ve got Wells next — and I think we can look beyond that round,” Samardzija said, confidently.

The tourney shifts to the back field at HoHoKam as the Cubs move from the Fitch Park facilities to the stadium. Sveum will face Ryan Dempster in second round action on Friday. Other matches include Carlos Marmol vs. Paul Maholm, Geovany Soto vs. Jeff Baker and Marlon Byrd vs. David DeJesus.

* Soto, the Cubs’ regular catcher who has been sidelined with a groin injury, is making progress.

“He’s hitting a lot more, everything is coming together,” Sveum said. “He’s not having any discomfort or feeling anything in his agility. You can look for him back between [March 7-10] to play in a game.”

* Jeff Samardzija is eager to build off last season and grab one of the spots in the Cubs rotation. In the final two months of last season, the right-hander compiled a 1.26 ERA, giving up four earned runs over 28 2/3 innings. But he was pitching in relief then. Can he be a starter?

“That’s going to be the million dollar question in Spring Training,” Sveum said Thursday. “Against live hitters today, he threw the heck out of the ball and had great command, which he has every time. It’s going to be an interesting decision later this month.”

The difference is that his command is better, and he’s more aggressive with his command.

“I started bringing my cutter back in that I had two years ago when I was starting [at Triple-A] Iowa,” Samardzija said. “It’s understanding that as a starter I want these guys to put my ball in play early and I want to pitch deep in games. An emphasis on command. As a reliever, you come in and you can throw as hard as you want and get away with that but as a starter, I want low effort and get a lot of action early in the count.”

* Sveum is featured on billboards as part of a “Baseball is Better” ad campaign for the Cubs back in Chicago.

“You appreciate it but it’s not something — I’ve never had my picture on a billboard,” the new Cubs manager said. “I’m not the most fashionable guy or somebody who is going to smile and take pictures very well all the time. I’ve heard [the billboard] is OK. I’m not real comfortable with it.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/23 Cubs spring broadcast schedule

Can’t wait for baseball? You’ll be able to follow the Cubs’ Spring Training games on the air as 30 of the 35 games are scheduled to be available. The games will be available either on TV, radio, or internet radio broadcast. The 2012 broadcast schedule will feature six games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (four by WGN and two by Comcast SportsNet), 10 on the WGN Cubs radio network and 20 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 Radio will broadcast three of the first four games: March 5 vs. Oakland; March 6 vs. Colorado; and March 7 at Kansas City.

The first televised spring game will be March 10 when the Cubs travel to play the Brewers on WGN.  Comcast SportsNet’s first game will be March 22 at Texas.

Cubs TV play-by-play announcer Len Kasper will once again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the Cubs.com internet radio broadcasts.  The Cubs first game of the spring will be available on Cubs.com on March 4 vs. the Athletics in Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat 

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