2015 Cubs Convention weekend passes on sale Tuesday

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Javier Baez signs autographs at the 2014 Cubs Convention. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Individual weekend passes for the 30th Annual Cubs Convention will go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. CDT. Each weekend pass is $65 plus convenience fees and is valid for all three days, Jan. 16-18, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in downtown Chicago. Passes will be available for purchase by visiting cubs.com/convention or calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.

The 2015 Cubs Convention will feature Cubs celebrity guests including players, coaches, alumni and some of the organization’s top minor league prospects. A specific schedule of guests and events will be released closer to the date.

Attendees are still able to book rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers by visiting cubs.com/convention or calling the hotel at 800-325-3535 and asking for the Cubs Convention rate of $187 per night plus tax. Hotel guests may purchase up to four Cubs Convention passes for a reduced rate of $20 each.

A percentage of the proceeds from the Cubs Convention benefits Cubs Charities. To date, the Cubs Convention has raised approximately $4 million for Cubs Charities.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/8/14

Daytona’s season came to a close with a loss in extra innings Monday while Kane County had the night off before its championship series against Lake County. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action:

Daytona Cubs
FSL Championship
Daytona loses series 3-1

Fort Myers’ Jason Kanzler hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning to break a 2-2 tie, lifting the Miracle to their first FSL title in its 22-year history. With the setback, the Daytona Cubs lost their first postseason series in team history.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.250) and 1B Dan Vogelbach (.273) each recorded a double.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.174), 2B Gioskar Amaya (.385) and LF Bijan Rademacher (.391) had a hit.
  • RHP Jose Rosario (0.00) struck out five hitters while walking four in four scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (1-1, 3.38) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings of work.

Cubs unveil tentative 2015 schedule

The Cubs unveiled their tentative 2015 schedule Monday, with the team opening up at home against the Cardinals on Monday, April 6. It marks the first time since 2012, and just the fourth time in 14 years, the North Siders will open at home. The Cubs will square off with the AL Central in Interleague Play this year. They are slated to face the White Sox a total of six times (at Wrigley Field July 10-12, at U.S. Cellular on Aug. 14-16). The team is also scheduled to host two holiday games in 2015: Memorial Day on May 25 against Washington and the Fourth of July versus Miami. Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time. Below is the tentative schedule:

April
4/6: St. Louis, 1:20
4/8: St. Louis, 7:05
4/9: St. Louis, 1:20
4/10: @Colorado
4/11: @Colorado
4/12: @Colorado
4/13: Cincinnati, 7:05
4/14: Cincinnati, 7:05
4/15: Cincinnati, 7:05
4/17: San Diego, 1:20
4/18: San Diego
4/19: San Diego
4/20: @Pittsburgh
4/21: @Pittsburgh
4/22: @Pittsburgh
4/23: @Pittsburgh
4/24: @Cincinnati
4/25: @Cincinnati
4/26: @Cincinnati
4/27: Pittsburgh, 7:05
4/28: Pittsburgh, 7:05
4/29: Pittsburgh, 7:05

May
5/1: Milwaukee, 1:20
5/2: Milwaukee
5/3: Milwaukee
5/4: @St. Louis
5/5: @St. Louis
5/6: @St. Louis
5/7: @St. Louis
5/8: @Milwaukee
5/9: @Milwaukee
5/10: @Milwaukee
5/11: New York (NL), 7:05
5/12: New York (NL), 7:05
5/13: New York (NL), 7:05
5/14: New York (NL), 1:20
5/15: Pittsburgh, 1:20
5/16: Pittsburgh
5/17: Pittsburgh
5/19: @San Diego
5/20: @San Diego
5/21: @San Diego
5/22: @Arizona
5/23: @Arizona
5/24: @Arizona
5/25: Washington, 1:20
5/26: Washington, 7:05
5/27: Washington, 7:05
5/29: Kansas City, 1:20
5/30: Kansas City
5/31: Kansas City

June
6/1: @Miami
6/2: @Miami
6/3: @Miami
6/4: @Washington
6/5: @Washington
6/6: @Washington
6/7: @Washington
6/9: @Detroit
6/10: @Detroit
6/11: Cincinnati, 7:05
6/12: Cincinnati, 3:05
6/13: Cincinnati
6/14: Cincinnati
6/15: Cleveland, 7:05
6/16: Cleveland, 7:05
6/17: @Cleveland
6/18: @Cleveland
6/19: @Minnesota
6/20: @Minnesota
6/21: @Minnesota
6/22: Los Angeles (NL), 7:05
6/23: Los Angeles (NL), 7:05
6/24: Los Angeles (NL), 7:05
6/25: Los Angeles (NL), 1:20
6/26: @St. Louis
6/27: @St. Louis
6/28: @St. Louis
6/30: @New York (NL)

July
7/1: @New York (NL)
7/2: @New York (NL)
7/3: Miami, 3:05
7/4: Miami
7/5: Miami
7/6: St. Louis, 7:05
7/7: St. Louis, 7:05
7/8: St. Louis, 7:05
7/10: Chicago (AL), 3:05
7/11: Chicago (AL)
7/12: Chicago (AL)
7/14: All-Star Game, @Cincinnati
7/17: @Atlanta
7/18: @Atlanta
7/19: @Atlanta
7/20: @Cincinnati
7/21: @Cincinnati
7/22: @Cincinnati
7/24: Philadelphia, 3:05
7/25: Philadelphia
7/26: Philadelphia
7/27: Colorado, 7:05
7/28: Colorado, 7:05
7/29: Colorado, 1:20
7/30: @Milwaukee
7/31: @Milwaukee

August
8/1: @Milwaukee
8/2: @Milwaukee
8/3: @ Pittsburgh
8/4: @ Pittsburgh
8/5: @ Pittsburgh
8/6: San Francisco, 7:05
8/7: San Francisco, 3:05
8/8: San Francisco
8/9: San Francisco
8/11: Milwaukee, 7:05
8/12: Milwaukee, 7:05
8/13: Milwaukee, 1:20
8/14: @Chicago (AL)
8/15: @Chicago (AL)
8/16: @Chicago (AL)
8/18: Detroit, 7:05
8/19: Detroit, 7:05
8/20: Atlanta, 7:05
8/21: Atlanta, 3:05
8/22: Atlanta
8/23: Atlanta
8/25: @San Francisco
8/26: @San Francisco
8/27: @San Francisco
8/28: @Los Angeles
8/29: @Los Angeles
8/30: @Los Angeles
8/31: Cincinnati, 7:05

September
9/1: Cincinnati, 7:05
9/2: Cincinnati, 1:20
9/4: Arizona, 1:20
9/5: Arizona
9/6: Arizona
9/7: @St. Louis
9/8: @St. Louis
9/9: @St. Louis
9/10: @Philadelphia
9/11: @Philadelphia
9/12: @Philadelphia
9/13: @Philadelphia
9/15: @Pittsburgh
9/16: @Pittsburgh
9/17: @Pittsburgh
9/18: St. Louis, 1:20
9/19: St. Louis
9/20: St. Louis
9/21: Milwaukee, 7:05
9/22: Milwaukee, 7:05
9/23: Milwaukee, 7:05
9/25: Pittsburgh, 1:20
9/26: Pittsburgh
9/27: Pittsburgh
9/29: @Cincinnati
9/30: @Cincinnati

October
10/1: @Cincinnati
10/2: @Milwaukee
10/3: @Milwaukee
10/4: @Milwaukee

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/4/14

Kane County advanced to the championship series while Daytona suffered a setback in the first game of its championship series Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Daytona Cubs
FSL Championship Series
Daytona trails series 0-1

Daytona dropped Game 1 of the FSL Championship, falling at Fort Myers, 5-1.

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.800) went a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.462) went 2-for-4 with a double (3) and one RBI (1).
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (0.00) tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

Kane County Cougars
MWL Playoffs
Kane County wins series 2-0

3B Jeimer Candelario ripped a walk-off, RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning to help Kane County sweep Wisconsin in the first round of the MWL playoff series, 4-3.

  • Rehabbing 3B Mike Olt (.571) homered for the second-straight game, going 2-for-4 with an eighth-inning, two-run homer.
  • Candelario (.600) finished 3-for-4 with two walks, a run scored, a double (1) and two RBI (2).
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.375) and CF Trey Martin (.500) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Francisco Carrillo (1-0, 0.00) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.

Cubs recall IF Mike Olt

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(Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

The Cubs recalled infielder Mike Olt from his rehab assignment in Single-A Kane County Friday. He will be available for the club this afternoon when it begins its series against the Pirates.

The 26-year-old Olt was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster and batted .139 (26-for-187) with 12 homers, four doubles and 30 RBI in 72 games before being optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 22. Despite spending the last six weeks in the minor leagues, Olt is still tied for the National League lead among rookies in home runs and is tied for sixth in RBI.

Olt batted .302 (32-for-106) with seven homers, nine doubles and 24 RBI in 28 games before suffering a hamstring strain. He rehabbed the last two days with Kane County, hitting a home run in each game.

He was acquired by the Cubs last summer from Texas as part of the trade that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers. Olt was originally selected by the Rangers with the 49th overall pick of the 2010 draft (supplemental round).

Cubs recognize Clemente prior to Hispanic Heritage Month

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(Photo by Louis Requena/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was an icon for the game of baseball for what he did both on and off the field. Prior to Friday’s game, the Cubs will kick off upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month with a tribute to the life of former Major Leaguer with a special on-field pregame recognition. His son Luis Clemente, members from Clemente High School and the cast from the Off-Broadway musical ‘Clemente: The Legend of 21’ will all be on hand.

Clemente, a Puerto Rican-born professional baseball player spent 18 seasons with the Pirates, winning four batting titles and 12 Gold Gloves. He was the first black Latino player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame after passing away in a tragic aviation accident en route to aid earthquake victims in Nicaragua in 1972. He was known for his baseball skills in right field and his charity work in Puerto Rico and Latin America.

The musical ‘Clemente: The Legend of 21’, now playing at NightBlue Performing Arts Company at Stage 773 through Sept. 14, celebrates the life of Clemente in the form of a “bio-musical” with a mix of Latin sounds and dance.

Members from the show will sing Friday’s National Anthem and lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch with Luis Clemente.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/3/14

Daytona advanced to the FSL Championship Series with a win, and Kane County picked up a victory in their playoff opener. Boise’s season came to an end Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action:

Daytona Cubs
FSL North Championship
Daytona wins series 2-0

For the fourth time in the last six years, the Daytona Cubs were crowned the Florida State League North Champions. The Cubs scored eight runs in the first two innings to beat host Dunedin, 9-4. Game 1 of the FSL Championship against Fort Myers will take place tonight at JetBlue Park.

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.714) went 2-for-4 with a first-inning, two-run homer.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.200) went 1-for-5 with two RBI. He recorded six RBI in two games this series.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.400) and 2B Gioskar Amaya (.444) had three hits apiece while combining to score five runs.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.444) went 2-for-4 with a game-high three RBI (5).
  • LHP Nathan Dorris (1-0, 0.00) tossed three scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.

Kane County Cougars
MWL Playoffs Series
Kane County leads series 1-0

Kane County recorded 13 hits in a 7-3 victory over host Wisconsin in Game 1 of the MWL Playoffs.

  • Rehabbing 3B Mike Olt (.667) went 2-for-3 with a fifth-inning, three-run homer.
  • DH Mark Zagunis (.600) went 3-for-5 with a run scored.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.500) and CF Trey Martin (.500) had two hits apiece.
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (3.00) allowed a run on four hits while fanning four in three innings of relief to earn the save.

Boise Hawks
NWL East Divisional Series
Boise loses series 0-2

Boise’s season came to an end with a 5-2 loss at Hillsboro in Game 2 of the Northwest League playoffs.

  • DH Justin Marra (.125) went 1-for-4 with a second-inning, two-run homer.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.429) had a game-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a double (1).
  • RHP James Farris (0.00) struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief.

C/OF Schwarber, RHP Johnson named Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Month

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Kyle Schwarber is the organization’s player of the month. (Photo by Aldrin Capulong)

A couple of first-round picks were honored for their strong efforts in August as Single-A Daytona catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Double-A Tennessee right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson were named the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August.

The 21-year-old Schwarber batted .330 (34-for-103) with 20 runs, 14 walks, eight doubles, eight homers and 17 RBI in 28 August games for Daytona. He recorded a 15-game hitting streak from August 14-27, going 25-for-60 (.417) with nine multihit efforts and 14 RBI during that stretch. Schwarber hit six home runs and went deep in five straight contests, from Aug. 21-24. The left-handed hitter posted a .403 on-base percentage and a .660 slugging percentage, good for a 1.063 OPS, and was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for August 18-24.

In 72 games this season between Short Season-A Boise, Single-A Kane County and High-A Daytona, Schwarber hit .344 (90-for-262) with 55 runs, 39 walks, 18 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs and 53 RBI. He played 36 games in left field and 20 games behind the plate, throwing out 11 of 32 (34 percent) attempted base stealers. He also drove in six runs in Daytona’s two-game sweep of Dunedin in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs.

Schwarber is completing his first pro season after being selected by Chicago in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 draft.

Johnson, 23, went 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA (6 ER/31.1 IP), 34 strikeouts and a 1.12 WHIP in six August starts for Tennessee. He held opponents to a .186 batting average and a 1.72 ERA, fourth and fifth lowest, respectively, in the Southern League. From Aug. 3-15, he recorded three-straight scoreless starts, going 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and just six hits and six walks allowed in 16.0 innings.

In his third pro campaign, Johnson posted a 2.54 ERA (29 ER/102.2 IP) in 20 games (19 starts) between Kane County and Tennessee. He was 4-3 with a 1.80 ERA (13 ER/65.0 IP) and a .187 batting average against in his final 12 starts for the Smokies beginning July 2.

Johnson was selected by Chicago in the sandwich round (43rd overall) of the 2012 draft out of Missouri State University. He is 16-11 with a 2.68 ERA (69 ER/232.0 IP), 237 strikeouts and 103 walks in 49 career minor league outings (46 starts).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/2/14

Daytona cruised in its first playoff game, but Boise put itself in an early series hole with a loss. Kane County had the night off and will start postseason play today. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Daytona Cubs
FSL North Championship
Daytona leads series 1-0

DH Kyle Schwarber hit a two-out grand slam in the fourth inning, helping Daytona to an 11-1 victory over visiting Dunedin in Game 1 of the FSL North Championship.

  • LHP Rob Zastryzny picked up the win, giving up one earned run over six innings.
  • Schwarber finished 1-for-5 with the blast.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach also homered, adding a double (1) to finish 2-for-5 with two RBI (2).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double (1) and three RBI (3).
  • C Wilson Contreras singled three times and scored three runs.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya and RF Billy McKinney each added one of Daytona’s four doubles in the rout.

Boise Hawks
NWL Divisional Series
Boise trails series 1-0

Boise surrendered a one-run lead to lose to Hillsboro, 5-2, at home in Game 1 of the Northwest League Divisional Series.

  • RHP Jake Stinnett gave up one earned run over five innings, fanning eight.
  • 1B Alex Tomasovich led off the third with a solo homer to tie the game, logging the lone Hawks extra-base hit.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.250), LF Kevin Brown (.250), C-1B Daniel Canela (.250) and SS Gleyber Torres (.333) each singled.
  • Boise committed four errors, contributing to two unearned Hops runs.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 9/1/14

All six minor league affiliates wrapped up their regular seasons this weekend, with Daytona, Kane County and Boise all qualifying for postseason play. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (74-70)
T-2nd Place (-2.5)

Iowa finished the season with a five-game winning streak, routing Oklahoma City at home yesterday, 11-1.

  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee finished the season by extending his scoreless innings streak to 13.1 innings in his second-straight win, and tying a career-high with 11 strikeouts (also done Aug. 19, 2011, with Daytona).
  • RF Ryan Kalish (.251) tied a career high with four hits (last done June 9, 2012, with Pawtucket of the International League), scoring twice, doubling (14) and driving in two (37).
  • C Eli Whiteside (.214) went 3-for-5 with two doubles (13) and a season-high three RBI (21).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.241) also went 3-for-5 with a double (4).
  • CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.286) singled twice.
  • DH Kris Bryant (.295) singled and drove in his 52nd run since joining Iowa. He finished the season with a .325 average, a minor-league best 43 home runs, and 110 RBI between Tennessee and Iowa.

Tennessee Smokies (33-37)
2nd Place (-3.0)

The Smokies wrapped up the season with a 5-1 loss to host Chattanooga.

  • SS Addison Russell (.294) recorded his 18th multihit game, including his 11th double.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.232) singled twice from the leadoff spot.
  • C Charles Cutler (.310) tallied his 14th double and walked twice.
  • The Smokies were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, and left 11 runners on base.

Daytona Cubs (41-27)
1st Place (+3.5)

After finishing the regular season on Sunday, the Cubs had a day off before Game 1 of the FSL North Championship tonight vs. Dunedin.

Kane County Cougars (45-27)
1st Place (+3.5)

Kane County dropped a 12-inning contest, 6-5, at home against Peoria. The Cougars finished with a franchise-best 91-49 record on the season.

  • C Mark Zagunis (.280) went 2-for-4 with two walks, a double (6) and a stolen base (5) from the leadoff spot.
  • Three other Cougars—DH Chesny Young (.324), RF Yasiel Balaguert (.252) and 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.297)—had two hits apiece. Balaguert finished with a seven-game hitting streak (.393/11-for-28).
  • RHP Michael Wagner (3.23) allowed three runs (two earned) over two innings to suffer his second blown save.
  • RHP Jasvir Rakkar (3-1, 0.87) allowed just his second earned run of the season (20.2 IP) in 2.1 frames, ending up with his first loss.

Boise Hawks (19-19)
3rd Place (-7.0)

Boise overcame a three-run deficit in the ninth, topping Salem-Keizer, 6-5, on a walk-off single from 2B Jason Vosler.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.393) went 3-for-5 with a run, a double (2), a triple (3) and two RBI (4). He has 11 hits, two doubles and three triples in seven games since joining Boise.
  • 1B Alex Tomasovich (.311) singled twice and scored a run.
  • PH Justin Marra (.279) doubled to improve to 4-for-5 as a pinch-hitter.
  • RF-LHP Charlie White (2-0, 2.25) earned his second win in as many career appearances as a pitcher, allowing one earned run in the ninth before helping the offense with a walk in the bottom of the frame.

Mesa Cubs (9-19)
5th Place (-11.0)

Mesa finished the regular season with a 22-34 overall record.

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