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1000 Words: Dexter Fowler is ready for his close up

New Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler smiles for the camera as a storm front blows in at Cubs photo day in Mesa Monday.

Cactus Notes: Photo day + rain


Monday was photo day at Cubs camp in Mesa, Arizona, so the players and coaches spent the morning running from station to station getting their pictures taken and doing interviews. The day includes everyone from team photographers to Topps to to, well, us.

But just as the gauntlet was coming to an end, the skies opened up and washed out most of the training day in “sunny” Arizona. The players did their work in the batting cages, and they should be back at it on the practice fields Tuesday, when sunnier skies are expected. The Cubs open their Cactus League slate on Thursday with split-squad games against the Athletics at Sloan Park and the Giants in Scottsdale.

All spring long, watch for our video series with players and coaches here on the blog.

Cubs to honor Ernie Banks at Spring Training, Opening Night at Wrigley Field

Following the passing of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs have announced plans to pay tribute to the Hall of Famer during Spring Training, Opening Night at Wrigley Field and throughout the 2015 season.

Beginning in Spring Training and continuing throughout 2015, the team will wear a commemorative No. 14 patch on both its home and away jerseys. The Cubs will open their Spring Training schedule by wearing No. 14 hats during both split-squad games on March 5, with additional acknowledgments planned for that day’s opening game at Sloan Park.

Banks will also be honored with a pregame ceremony before Major League Baseball’s Cubs vs. Cardinals Season Opener at Wrigley Field on April 5. Each fan attending that night’s game will receive a commemorative pin in honor of the Cubs’ beloved shortstop. Fans will see many other tributes paying homage to Banks’ remarkable life and career throughout the evening.

A collection of videos, photos and articles have been posted to over the last several weeks, and Vine Line will publish a special feature edition honoring Mr. Cub in March.

Additional tributes will be finalized and incorporated throughout the 2015 season.

“There is no level of recognition that can properly acknowledge how much Ernie Banks meant to this franchise and fan base,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Collectively, we must ensure Mr. Cub’s legacy rightfully lives on at the Friendly Confines and with future generations of baseball fans.”

Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1977, Banks was a lifelong Cub who played for 19 seasons. He was a 14-time All-Star and back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959. He hit 512 home runs in his career, and his 277 home runs as a shortstop remain a National League record.

Among Cubs players, Banks ranks first in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009) and total bases (4,706); second in home runs (512), RBI (1,636) and hits (2,583); third in doubles (407); fifth in runs scored (1,305); seventh in triples (90); and eighth in walks (763).

While still a player in 1967, Banks turned his eye to coaching and served in that role through 1973, becoming the first African-American to manage a major league team on May 8, 1973, when he took over for the ejected Whitey Lockman.

He was the first Cub to have his number retired in 1982, was voted to Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999, and was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

1000 Words: Welcome back, Cubs baseball


(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


(Photo by Stephen Green)

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 Fans will be able to access the Cubs webcasts on and 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 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,
3/5     Giants (SS), Scottsdale, —-
3/6     Reds, Sloan Park,
3/7     Rockies, Scottsdale (1:10), WBBM 780
3/8     Rangers, Sloan Park, WBBM 780
3/9     Padres, Sloan Park,
3/10   Indians, Goodyear,
3/11    Dodgers, Sloan Park,
3/12    Angels, Tempe (1:10),
3/13    Indians (SS), Sloan Park,
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,
3/17    Royals, Sloan Park,
3/18    Dodgers, Glendale,
3/19    Diamondbacks, Scottsdale (6:40), CSN-TV,
3/20    White Sox, Glendale,
3/21    Mariners, Sloan Park, WBBM 780
3/22    Padres, Sloan Park, CSN-TV, WBBM 780
3/23    OFF
3/24    Athletics, Mesa,
3/25    Mariners, Peoria (7:05), CSN-TV,
3/26    Angels, Sloan Park (4:05), ESPN TV,
3/27    White Sox, Sloan Park, CSN-TV,
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,
3/31    Rangers, Surprise,
4/1      Brewers, Sloan Park, CSN-TV,
4/2     OFF
4/3     Diamondbacks, Chase Field (6:40 p.m.),
4/4     Diamondbacks, Chase Field (1:10 p.m.), WGN-TV,

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

“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

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 beginning Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST.

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

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

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:

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


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 or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Season and group ticket information can be found at 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