Results tagged ‘ Spring Training ’

2/19 Pitchers and catchers workout

New manager Dale Sveum will get his first look on the field of the entire Cubs pitching staff on Sunday when they start work at Fitch Park. The workout is not expected to get underway until noon so players have time to undergo physicals in the morning in Mesa, Ariz. Sveum and new pitching coach Chris Bosio will be sorting out the starters. On Saturday, Sveum mentioned at least three spots are set in the rotation — most likely Matt Garza, Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm. The competition gets underway Sunday.

– Carrie Muskat 

2/15 Cubs begin organizational meetings

The Cubs baseball operations staff, coaches and scouts will meet today in Mesa for the start of organizational meetings. Usually, these meetings are held in early November after the season is completed but the Cubs delayed their sessions until everyone was in place. Manager Dale Sveum and his staff met on Tuesday at Fitch Park in Mesa to prep for their first Spring Training together. Pitchers and catchers report on Saturday with the first workout scheduled for Sunday at Fitch. The Cubs are waiting to see if Blake DeWitt clears waivers. He was designated for assignment on Feb. 6, and if he is unclaimed, could return as a non-roster invitee. Also unresolved is the compensation issue for Theo Epstein. Expect a decision this week.

– Carrie Muskat

2/7 Numbers game

Tony Campana will switch to No. 1, Anthony Rizzo gets No. 44, and catcher Jason Jaramillo will inherit Carlos Zambrano’s No. 38 this spring in Cubs camp. For those of you curious about uniform numbers for some of the new faces, here are some updates:


Lendy Castillo – #52
Paul Maholm – #28
Andy Sonnanstine – #21
Chris Volstad – #32
Casey Weathers –  #56
Travis Wood – #30

Welington Castillo – #53
Steve Clevenger – #51
Jason Jaramillo – #38

Jeff Baker – #3
Adrian Cardenas – TBD
Junior Lake – #73
Anthony Rizzo – #44
Ian Stewart – #2
Josh Vitters – #61

Tony Campana – #1
David DeJesus – #9
Dave Sappelt – #17
Matt Szczur – #72

– Carrie Muskat

2/6 Non-roster invitees

Here are the 22 non-roster players invited to the Cubs’ Spring Training camp (in case you missed it). Pitchers/catchers report on Feb. 18, with a workout the next day. Position players report Feb. 23 and the first full squad workout will be Feb. 24 in Mesa, Ariz., at Fitch Park.

Pitchers: Esmailin Caridad, Marco Carrillo, Manuel Corpas, Jay Jackson, Rodrigo Lopez, Trey McNutt, Blake Parker, Dae-Eun Rhee, Trever Miller and Chris Rusin

Catchers: Michael Brenly, Jason Jaramillo and Blake Lalli

Infielders: Alfredo Amezaga, Edgar Gonzalez, Jonathan Mota, Bobby Scales and Matt Tolbert

Outfielders: Jim Adduci, Jae-Hoon Ha, Brett Jackson and Joe Mather

– 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  Fans will be able to access the Cubs Webcasts on and 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,
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,
March 9 at White Sox, Glendale,
March 10 at Brewers, Maryvale, WGN-TV, WGN Radio
March 11 at Dodgers, Glendale, WGN-TV,
March 12 vs. Reds, Mesa, WGN Radio
March 13 at Giants, Scottsdale,
March 14 vs. Brewers, Mesa,
March 15 (ss) vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa,; at Rockies, Scottsdale
March 16 vs. Giants, Mesa,
March 17 (ss) at Athletics, Phoenix, WGN Radio; vs. Rangers, Las Vegas
March 18 (ss) vs. White Sox, Mesa,; vs. Rangers, Las Vegas
March 19 at Mariners, Peoria,
March 20 (ss) vs. Rangers, Mesa,; at Athletics, Phoenix
March 22 at Rangers, Surprise, CSN,
March 23 at Rockies, Scottsdale, (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,; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale
March 27 at Reds, Goodyear,
March 28 vs. Indians, Mesa,
March 29 at Padres, Peoria,
March 30 vs. Dodgers, Mesa,
March 31 vs. Angels, Mesa, CSN, WGN Radio
April 1 at Angels, Tempe,
April 2 at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale, (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

11/21 Cubs 2012 Spring Training schedule

The Cubs released the 2012 Spring Training schedule today. They’ll play 16 home games at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz., 17 road games, and two in Las Vegas.  Spring training report dates will be determined at a later time. The Cubs will make their annual trip to Las Vegas for a two-game weekend series March 17-18 against a to-be-determined opponent.   The Cubs close out the spring on April 3 against the Brewers. The Cubs and White Sox square off twice next spring – March 9 in Glendale and March 18 at HoHoKam.
Individual game tickets for the 2012 Chicago Cubs home spring training games at HoHoKam Park will go on sale Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. CT on 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. 17 at 9 a.m. MT.
Season tickets at HoHoKam Park go on sale Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. MT and group tickets go on sale Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. MT at the HoHoKam box office or by calling 480-964-4467.

Here’s the schedule. All games begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted.  Split squad games are denoted with an (ss).
March 4 vs. Athletics, Mesa

March 5 vs. Athletics, Mesa

March 6 vs. Rockies, Mesa

March 7  at Royals, Surprise

March 8 vs. Mariners, Mesa

March 9 at White Sox, Glendale

March 10 at Brewers, Maryvale

March 11 at Dodgers, Glendale

March 12 vs. Reds, Mesa

March 13 at Giants, Scottsdale (7:05 p.m. MT)

March 14 vs. Brewers, Mesa

March 15 (ss) vs. Diamondbacks, Mesa; at Rockies, Scottsdale

March 16 vs. Giants, Mesa

March 17 (ss) at Athletics, Phoenix; at Las Vegas (Team TBD)

March 18 (ss) vs. White Sox, Mesa; at Las Vegas (Team TBD)

March 19 at Mariners, Peoria

March 20 (ss) vs. Rangers, Mesa; at Athletics, Phoenix

March 21 OFF

March 22 at Rangers, Surprise

March 23 at Rockies, Scottsdale

March 24 vs. Padres, Mesa

March 25 at Indians, Goodyear

March 26 (ss) vs. Padres, Mesa; at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale

March 27 at Reds, Goodyear

March 28 vs. Indians, Mesa

March 29 at Padres, Peoria

March 30 vs. Dodgers, Mesa

March 31 vs. Angels, Mesa

April 1 at Angels, Tempe

April 2 at Diamondbacks, Scottsdale

April 3 vs. Brewers, Mesa

– Carrie Muskat

10/23 Mesa’s Robert Brinton dead at 60

Robert Brinton, a key force in keeping the Cubs in Arizona, died unexpectedly on Friday. A past Cactus League Association president, Brinton was not feeling well in his office at the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said when Brinton failed to return from the restroom, another employee found him slumped over. He was 60.

“I was just absolutely stunned,” Smith told the Arizona Republic. “I lost a friend, a co-worker, a giant.”

Brinton and Smith partnered to save the Cubs from a potential move to Naples, Fla. The two men campaigned together for approval of a Mesa ballot measure that approved financing for a new Cubs Spring Training complex at the present site of Riverview Golf Course, near the interchange of Loops 101 and 202 in west Mesa.

“Everything he did was for the love of his community and people,” Smith said. “He gave selflessly because he believed in it. He was that kind of person.”

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement that Brinton helped persuade him to keep the Cubs in Arizona after he bought the team in 2009.

“Robert was as passionate a Cubs fan as there ever was,” Ricketts said in a statement. “His love for baseball helped fuel the success of the Cactus League through more than five decades. His leadership this past year is a big part of the reason our team is staying in Mesa, and his legacy to future generations will be evident each spring as the Cubs take the field. He was a true friend and we will miss him dearly.”

Former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Joe Garagiola Jr. said Brinton’s respectful manner and credibility helped persuade the Cubs to stay in Mesa in 1989, when the league had eight teams and was endangered. He said the Cubs were listening to Florida politicians, who were hoping to lure the remaining teams to their state.

“The debt that the Cactus League owes Robert Brinton is immeasurable,” Garagiola said. “Everyone who knew him has a hole in their heart today.”

Brinton served as president of the Cactus League Association for two years, but he was a board member for 20 years. He also was executive director of the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau and the past president of the Mesa HoHoKams, a civic group that performs many functions at Hohokam Stadium during games.

Under Brinton’s leadership and through his tireless efforts, “the Cactus League exploded into a 15-team league that rivals the Super Bowl in economic importance,” said Dave Dunne, the league’s treasurer and manager of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the spring home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The Cactus League drew more than 1.5 million fans this year and had an estimated economic impact of $360 million.

Dunne said Brinton was “this generation’s Dwight Patterson,” the hotelier who helped found the Cactus League by luring the Cubs to Mesa in 1952.

“Heaven’s baseball team just added another player,” said Mark Gallo, current HoHoKam stadium manager. “I loved the man.”

Brinton is survived by his wife, Nannette, and seven adult children. Services are pending.

– Carrie Muskat


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