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1000 Words: Welcome back, Cubs baseball

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

While many players arrived early in Mesa to get the season started, pitchers and catchers officially reported to Spring Training on Thursday. After a number of notable offseason acquisitions—including pitchers Jon Lester and Jason Hammel and catchers Miguel Montero and David Ross—the Cubs are primed for a dramatic improvement in the standings and are now viewed as dark-horse playoff contenders. Whatever happens this season, the journey begins today.

Cubs announce 2015 spring broadcast schedule

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The Cubs released their 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule late Wednesday and announced that almost every game will be available via television, radio or internet radio broadcast.

The schedule features 10 games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (seven by Comcast SportsNet Chicago, three by WGN-TV), eight on the WBBM Newsradio 780 Cubs Radio Network and 21 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.

WBBM-AM Newsradio 780, the club’s new radio rights-holder, will air its first game on Saturday, March 7, when the Cubs play at the Rockies with Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer on the call. Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s first game will come from Las Vegas on Friday, March 13, when the Cubs play the Athletics. WGN-TV has its first game on Sunday, March 15, when the Cubs host the Cincinnati Reds at Sloan Park. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies return to call all Cubs TV games.

Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the cubs.com internet radio broadcasts.

All games start at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted. Chicago is one hour ahead of Arizona through Saturday, March 7, before moving to two hours ahead on Sunday, March 8.

Day    Opponent, Location, Broadcast Availability
3/5     Athletics (SS), Sloan Park, Cubs.com
3/5     Giants (SS), Scottsdale, —-
3/6     Reds, Sloan Park, Cubs.com
3/7     Rockies, Scottsdale (1:10), WBBM 780
3/8     Rangers, Sloan Park, WBBM 780
3/9     Padres, Sloan Park, Cubs.com
3/10   Indians, Goodyear, Cubs.com
3/11    Dodgers, Sloan Park, Cubs.com
3/12    Angels, Tempe (1:10), Cubs.com
3/13    Indians (SS), Sloan Park, Cubs.com
3/13    Athletics (SS), Las Vegas (5:05 PT), CSN-TV
3/14    Brewers (SS), Maryvale, WBBM 780
3/14    Athletics (SS), Las Vegas (12:05 PT), —-
3/15    Reds, Sloan Park, WGN-TV, WBBM 780
3/16    Padres, Peoria, Cubs.com
3/17    Royals, Sloan Park, Cubs.com
3/18    Dodgers, Glendale, Cubs.com
3/19    Diamondbacks, Scottsdale (6:40), CSN-TV, Cubs.com
3/20    White Sox, Glendale, Cubs.com
3/21    Mariners, Sloan Park, WBBM 780
3/22    Padres, Sloan Park, CSN-TV, WBBM 780
3/23    OFF
3/24    Athletics, Mesa, Cubs.com
3/25    Mariners, Peoria (7:05), CSN-TV, Cubs.com
3/26    Angels, Sloan Park (4:05), ESPN TV, Cubs.com
3/27    White Sox, Sloan Park, CSN-TV, Cubs.com
3/28    Rockies (SS), Sloan Park, WBBM 780
3/28    Reds (SS), Goodyear, —-
3/29    Royals, Surprise, WGN-TV, WBBM 780
3/30    Giants, Sloan Park, CSN-TV, Cubs.com
3/31    Rangers, Surprise, Cubs.com
4/1      Brewers, Sloan Park, CSN-TV, Cubs.com
4/2     OFF
4/3     Diamondbacks, Chase Field (6:40 p.m.), Cubs.com
4/4     Diamondbacks, Chase Field (1:10 p.m.), WGN-TV, Cubs.com

Cubs announce on-sale date for Spring Training tickets

The opportunity to check out Joe Maddon, Jon Lester and the 2015 Cubs for the first time is nearing. On Thursday, the Cubs announced details for purchasing single-game tickets for Cubs Spring Training games at the newly named Sloan Park.

Starting Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST, single-game tickets go on sale at the Sloan Park Ticket Office, by phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS and online at cubs.com.

“Following a successful first year in our new Spring Training home and a busy offseason, we’re very excited to host our second season of Spring Training games at Sloan Park,” said Spring Training Business Operations General Manager Justin Piper. “Cubs fans showed their overwhelming support of the team by setting a Cactus League season attendance record last year. With similar crowds expected this season, we encourage fans to purchase their tickets early once again.”

The Cubs open their 2015 Spring Training home schedule by hosting a split-squad game against the Athletics on March 5, at 1:05 p.m. MST. The complete 2015 Spring Training schedule is available at sloanpark.com.

Details for purchasing single game tickets are as follows:

Purchasing Tickets In-person
Tickets may be purchased at Sloan Park, located at 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, Ariz. The ticket office opens Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. MST. Standard hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, Monday through Saturday, as well as during Sunday home games.

Purchasing Tickets by Phone and Online
Tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or online by visiting cubs.com beginning Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST.

Fans can direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Sloan Park, please visit sloanpark.com.

Cubs announce legacy partnership with Sloan Valve Co.; Spring Training facility in Mesa now called Sloan Park

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The Chicago Cubs and Sloan Valve Company today announced Sloan will become the naming rights partner of Sloan Park—formerly Cubs Park—the team’s Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona. Sloan, a global brand based in the Chicago area, joins the team as a Legacy Partner and the official water efficiency partner of the Chicago Cubs.

Sloan has been a leading global manufacturer of water-efficient solutions for 109 years. As a fourth-generation family business, Sloan prides itself on promoting a healthy environment through water conservation and understands what it means to build a legacy. The Cubs will utilize Sloan’s products in the newly-named Sloan Park in Mesa and target integration inside Wrigley Field and its surrounding facilities as part of the 1060 Project construction—helping the organization expand its ongoing sustainability efforts.

In addition to the Spring Training facility naming rights, Sloan will have a branding presence at Wrigley Field, including fixed signage in the visiting team’s bullpen.

“Teaming up with Sloan—another family-owned company based in Chicago with more than a century of history—is an important move for the Cubs as we look to provide clean and sustainable water solutions for our facilities in both Mesa and Chicago,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts.

Sloan becomes the sixth Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

“Sloan is passionate about providing intelligent water solutions to the communities we serve,” said Sloan President Jim Allen. “We are excited to have a major presence both in Chicago and Mesa to authentically convey the message of water sustainability.”

Cubs release Spring Training report dates and game times

The start of a new year means spring baseball is just around the corner. On Monday, the Cubs released report dates and game times for their entire Spring Training slate.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Thursday, Feb. 19 with their first workout taking place on Friday, Feb. 20. Position players are scheduled to report on Tuesday, Feb. 24 with the first full-squad workout on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The Cubs have also added four games to the schedule since its original release. The club will play a pair of games in Las Vegas against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. They will conclude Spring Training with two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4.

All the Cubs’ Spring Training games will start at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted. Below is the Cubs’ schedule:

DATE – OPPONENT, LOCATION (TIME)
3/5 – Athletics (ss), Cubs Park
3/5 – Giants (ss), Scottsdale
3/6 – Reds, Cubs Park
3/7 – Rockies, Scottsdale (1:10)
3/8 – Rangers, Cubs Park
3/9 – Padres, Cubs Park
3/10 – Indians, Goodyear
3/11 – Dodgers, Cubs Park
3/12 – Angels, Tempe (1:10)
3/13 – Indians (ss), Cubs Park
3/13 – Athletics (ss), Las Vegas (5:05 PT)
3/14 – Brewers (ss), Maryvale
3/14 – Athletics (ss), Las Vegas (12:05 PT)
3/15 – Reds, Cubs Park
3/16 – Padres, Peoria
3/17 – Royals, Cubs Park
3/18 – Dodgers, Glendale
3/19 – Diamondbacks, Scottsdale (6:40)
3/20 – White Sox, Glendale
3/21 – Mariners, Cubs Park
3/22 – Padres, Cubs Park
3/24 – Athletics, Mesa
3/25 – Mariners, Peoria (7:05)
3/26 – Angels, Cubs Park (4:05)
3/27 – White Sox, Cubs Park
3/28 – Rockies (ss), Cubs Park
3/28 – Reds (ss), Goodyear
3/29 – Royals, Surprise
3/30 – Giants, Cubs Park
3/31 – Rangers, Surprise
4/1 – Brewers, Cubs Park
4/3 – Diamondbacks, Chase Field (6:40)
4/4 – Diamondbacks, Chase Field (1:10)

Cubs announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

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The Cubs announced their 2015 Spring Training schedule Wednesday. The 29-game slate features 15 games at Cubs Park, with additional games expected to be announced in the near future.

The Cubs open the preseason on March 5 with a split-squad home game against the Athletics and a game in Scottsdale against San Francisco. The Cubs play the White Sox on a pair of occasions—March 20 in Glendale and March 27 in Mesa—and wrap up the schedule April 1 when they host Milwaukee in the spring finale.

Individual home Spring Training tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. CST at the Cubs Park ticket office, on cubs.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Season and group ticket information can be found at cubs.com/mesa or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.

Day    Opponent    Location
3/5    Athletics (SS)    Cubs Park
3/5    Giants (SS)    Scottsdale
3/6    Reds        Cubs Park
3/7    Rockies        Scottsdale
3/8    Rangers        Cubs Park
3/9    Padres        Cubs Park
3/10    Indians        Goodyear
3/11    Dodgers        Cubs Park
3/12    Angels        Tempe
3/13    Indians        Cubs Park
3/14    Brewers        Maryvale
3/15    Reds        Cubs Park
3/16    Padres        Peoria
3/17    Royals        Cubs Park
3/18    Dodgers        Glendale
3/19    Diamondbacks    Scottsdale
3/20    White Sox    Glendale
3/21    Mariners    Cubs Park
3/22    Padres        Cubs Park
3/23    OFF
3/24    Athletics    Mesa
3/25    Mariners    Peoria
3/26    Angels        Cubs Park
3/27    White Sox    Cubs Park
3/28    Rockies (SS)    Cubs Park
3/28    Reds (SS)    Goodyear
3/29    Royals        Surprise
3/30    Giants        Cubs Park
3/31    Rangers        Surprise
4/1    Brewers        Cubs Park

Now Playing: Cubscast Mesa, The Definition of Success

After nearly two months of preparation, Cubs spring camp is coming to a close, and the team is getting ready to head north to Pittsburgh for the season opener.

In the final installation of our Cubscast Mesa video series, we asked Cubs players to state their definition of success for 2014. Though most pundits don’t expect much from the team, the players are definitely setting their sights high.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Positive Energy in Cubs Camp
Cubscast Mesa: Inside Cubs Park
Cubscast Mesa with Rick Renteria and the 2014 coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa with the top prospects
Cubscast Mesa: Meet the new guys
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part One
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Two
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Three
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Four
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Five

Now Playing: Cubscast Mesa, The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Five

Playing professional baseball is a dream job, but it’s not the most likely career choice. So what would your favorite players be doing if their big league dreams hadn’t come true? We talked to Cubs personnel about some other possible career choices.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Cubs Park throughout the spring, so watch the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Positive Energy in Cubs Camp
Cubscast Mesa: Inside Cubs Park
Cubscast Mesa with Rick Renteria and the 2014 coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa with the top prospects
Cubscast Mesa: Meet the new guys
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part One
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Two
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Three
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Four

Now Playing: Cubscast Mesa, Positive Energy in Cubs Camp

Spring is a time for hope, optimism and new beginnings. This season, the Cubs are welcoming a new manager, several new coaches and a host of new players to the fold.

We talked to Cubs personnel, new and old, about the feeling in camp this year and how things are different under skipper Rick Renteria.

We’ll be posting videos and stories from Cubs Park throughout the spring, so watch the blog and our Twitter account, @cubsvineline.

Check out the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa, Inside Cubs Park
Cubscast Mesa with Rick Renteria and the 2014 coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa with the top prospects
Cubscast Mesa: Meet the new guys
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part One
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Two
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Three
Cubscast Mesa: The lighter side of the Cubs, Part Four

Cubs trim spring roster to 54 players

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Slugger and 2013 first-round draft pick Kris Bryant has been assigned to minor league camp. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs have assigned 12 players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 66 to 54 players.

Infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Logan Watkins, outfielder Matt Szczur and right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Jorge Soler has been optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Six nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Marcus Hatley and Carlos Pimentel, left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch, infielders Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez, and outfielder Albert Almora.

Additionally, outfielder Aaron Cunningham has been granted his release.

Chicago’s spring roster now consists of 27 pitchers (seven nonroster invitees), five catchers (three nonroster invitees), 11 infielders (four nonroster invitees) and 11 outfielders (five nonroster invitees).

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