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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

10/18 Mesa ready to go

Groundbreaking is expected next spring or summer for the Cubs’ new Spring Training facility, which received a vote of approval Monday night. The Mesa city council voted 6-0 to approve the package to allow it and the Cubs to design and build the $99 million Spring Training complex. Mesa now has a 30-year deal in place to build the stadium and manage it with the Cubs, who have called the city its Spring Training home since 1979. The city also can sell parcels to the team for the so-called “Wrigleyville West” entertainment complex.

Mesa officials and the Cubs have been negotiating terms since voters approved the deal last November by a 2-1 margin. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said the Cubs will pay any expenses exceeding $84 million for the stadium and $15 million for related projects. Scottsdale-based Hunt Construction Group was named the contractor, and was awarded $380,000 for the design phase of the project. It will seek competitive bids on the subcontract jobs.

Mesa officials expect the complex to be finished in time for Spring Training 2014. The new facility will be located at the southeast corner of the Loop 101 and Loop 202 in west Mesa and replace the Riverview Golf Course.

– Carrie Muskat

10/7 Update on Cubs spring complex

The Mesa City Council had been scheduled to vote this week on a series of agreements governing the Cubs’ new Spring Training baseball complex to be built on what is now Riverview Golf Course. According to the Arizona Republic, city official Scot Rigby said they weren’t ready, and the vote has been postponed. Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and the city council want the public to see the documents in advance of the council’s vote. A draft is at (click on “Build a Better Mesa”). Two parts of the agreement are missing: one is a facilities use agreement and the other is an option agreement. The first governs the relationship between Mesa and the Cubs after the baseball facilities are built. The second gives the Cubs dibs on developing city-owned land within the complex for an entertainment and shopping district. Last year, Mesa voters agreed to let the city spend up to $84 million for the baseball complex and $15 million for infrastructure. The earliest the council could vote now is Oct. 17. Groundbreaking is tentatively set for January.

– Carrie Muskat

3/24 Cubs lineup vs White Sox

The White Sox will use a DH in Thursday’s Cactus League game against the Cubs at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. The game will start one hour later at 2:05 p.m. Arizona time, and be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net and These two teams will meet again June 20-22 at U.S. Cellular Field, and July 1-3 at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineups:

RF Fukudome
SS B-day boy Starlin Castro (he turns 21 Thursday)
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
2B Barney
C Hill
P Garza

Here’s the White Sox lineup:

LF Pierre
2B Vizquel
DH Dunn
1B Konerko
CF Rios
RF Quentin
C Pierzynski
SS Ramirez
3B Morel

– Carrie Muskat

3/23 Cashner & Jaden

Jaden Justice got an inside look at the Cubs’ clubhouse on Wednesday, a guest of pitcher Andrew Cashner. Justice, 12, is an outpatient at Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa, and undergoing treatment for cancer. The trip was coordinated by Southwest Ambulance, part of a program called “Spring Training Transports.” Jaden came ready — he’d painted a Cubs red and blue “C” on the back of his head.

– Carrie Muskat

3/23 Looking ahead to Cubs vs. White Sox

On Thursday, the Cubs and White Sox will meet one more time before the regular season. The White Sox are expected to use a DH; Mike Quade posted his lineup, and said he wants Matt Garza to get some at-bats. Here’s the early lineup for Thursday:

RF Fukudome
SS Castro
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
2B Barney
C Hill
P Garza

– Carrie Muskat

3/18 Spring surprise

Every Spring Training, there is one player who makes a case for a spot on the Opening Day roster. Darwin Barney is doing just that. The infielder went 3-for-4 on Friday in the Cubs’ 14-13 loss to the Reds and drew two walks. He started at second and played well.

“He’s doing everything he can to get [on the 25-man roster],” Mike Quade said of Barney. “We talked at the beginning of spring about competition. He’s playing well and swinging the bat well and going about his business well. That’s a real nice trifecta for me.”

Barney is batting .382 so far.

– Carrie Muskat

3/18 Golf tourney raises $25,000

The inaugural Chicago Cubs Charities Celebrity Golf Tournament raised $25,000 for charitable organizations in Mesa on Friday. Proceeds will be shared between Chicago Cubs Charities, Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center and the Mesa HoHoKam Foundation. More than 70 golfers participated, including Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams, GM Jim Hendry, assistant GM Randy Bush, radio broadcaster Keith Moreland, Major Leaguers Bill Buckner, Mariano Duncan, Jeff Fassero, and John “Blue Moon” Odom, and Phoenix Suns Tim Kempton and Eddie Johnson.

– Carrie Muskat

3/14 Cubs extra bases – UPDATED

The Cubs have 16 Cactus League games remaining, including split squads on Tuesday. A few odds and ends:

* Starlin Castro ranks third in the Cactus League with a .485 batting average. He went 6-for-6 Saturday and Sunday, and notched his first two-homer game Saturday against the Reds in Las Vegas. Castro said he had never hit two homers in one game, not in the Minors or youth baseball. Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster both rank among the Cactus League leaders. Big Z has a 1.38 ERA; Dempster 1.50 ERA.

* John Grabow had a good side session on Monday and if he passes all tests, will pitch in a game Thursday. Grabow has been sidelined with tightness in his left shoulder.

* Outfielder Brad Snyder has been limited because of a strained oblique, Augie Ojeda has back spasms, and Brett Jackson has a bruised shoulder. Of the group, Jackson could DH on Tuesday.

* Mike Quade wasn’t too worried about Carlos Marmol’s rough outing in Las Vegas on Saturday. The closer gave up two runs, two walks and one run. “Maybe he got Vegas’d — who knows?” Quade said.

* Bench coach Pat Listach was the acting manager for the split squad teams in Arizona when Quade traveled to Las Vegas over the weekend. Listach wouldn’t sit in Quade’s chair in the manager’s office post-game. “Not yet,” Quade quipped. “I told him that a few weeks ago.”

* Matt Camp is showing his versatility. He’s played four positions so far this spring.

* Randy Wells will face the Rockies and Andrew Cashner will start against the A’s on Tuesday in the last split squad games. This will be Wells’ third start and fourth game, and Cashner’s second start and fourth game. Wells has not given up an earned run in nine innings.

– Carrie Muskat


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