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Wintrust and Nuveen to donate money to Cubs Charities for home run balls

Cubs Legacy Partners Nuveen and Wintrust are providing one more reason to watch where Cubs home runs land this season, as each partner has committed to a sizeable donation—up to $1 million—to Cubs Charities if a batted baseball strikes their sign at Wrigley Field during the 2016 regular season or postseason.

Nuveen’s new sign down the left-field line shared the spotlight recently as Cubs catcher David Ross hit his 100th career home run off the second “N” of the sign last homestand. To help celebrate the milestone, Nuveen is donating $10,000 to Cubs Charities and offering another $10,000 for the next time a Cubs player hits the new fixture. The sign is a likely target, as it rests just inside the left-field foul pole behind the Budweiser Bleachers.

Additionally, if a Cubs batter hits the W of the Wintrust sign above the left-field video board, Cubs Charities will receive a $1 million donation from Wintrust for the feat. The W lights up after each Cubs home victory, adding to the ongoing tradition of flying a W flag after each home win.

“It is incredibly impactful when our corporate partners pledge their support to help us improve the health, fitness and education of children and families across Chicago,” said Cubs Charities Vice President of Development Connie Falcone. “We know Nuveen’s pledged $20,000 donation will make a big difference for our three signature programs—the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program, Cubs Scholars and the Diamond Project—and we’ll eagerly watch for that $1 million strike of the bat thanks to Wintrust.”

“We are delighted to honor David Ross’s 100th career home run with a $10,000 donation to Cubs Charities,” said Nuveen Co-President, Bill Adams. “What better way to christen our new outfield sign than with such a historic home run, and to celebrate alongside thousands of Cubs fans as it happened. In this spirit, we would like to challenge our Cubs to take another home run swing at our sign, and if successful, Nuveen will look forward to donating an additional $10,000 to Cubs Charities.”

Nuveen Co-President, Margo Cook added, “We’ve been proud to support a wide variety of cultural, social and educational organizations throughout the Chicagoland area. We believe this donation provides a great opportunity for us to continue that support through the Cubs organization in a way that celebrates our community. We look forward to exploring other potential opportunities to celebrate the Cubs’ success while supporting their charitable work this season.”

Nuveen, a leading provider of investment solutions designed to help secure the long-term goals of individual investors and the financial advisors who serve them, has been a partner of the Cubs since 2005. Its Legacy Partnership includes naming rights to the Nuveen Investments Suite Level at Wrigley Field, plus other in-park signage and special events.

“When we joined the Cubs as a Legacy Partner last year, we made a commitment to supporting the team’s efforts on the field and in the community,” said Ed Wehmer, Wintrust CEO and founder. “We were excited to help develop an idea that combined both possibilities and are rooting for a Cubs player to deliver that giant ‘W’ to the team and Chicagoland community through the efforts of Cubs Charities.”

Wintrust is a financial services holding company based in Rosemont, Illinois, with assets above $20 billion. Wintrust became the Official Banking Partner of the Chicago Cubs and Cubs Charities in late 2014 and their partnership includes ATM provider rights, logo placement on the team’s media backdrops, ballpark signage and sponsorship of Cubs Charities’ primary fundraising event, the Bricks and Ivy Ball.

Eligible home runs must be hit in-game by a Cubs player during the 2016 regular season or postseason to result in a donation. Official promotion rules are available at Fan Services at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/15/16

The bats came alive for Iowa, and Myrtle Beach claimed a narrow victory Wednesday. However, South Bend left too many men on base, while Tennessee was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (31-32)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Iowa tallied 15 hits in a 6-5 triumph over host Colorado Springs.

  • C Willson Contreras (.350) extended his hitting streak to 20 games (.383/31 for 81), going 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (43).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.360) finished 3 for 3 with a triple (1), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (7).
  • CF John Andreoli (.227) went 3 for 5 with a triple (4), a run scored and an RBI (32). It’s his second straight three-hit game. He  has scored nine runs in his last five games.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.429) was 3 for 4 with two doubles (4), one walk and two runs scored. He has collected multiple hits in five straight games, going 11 for 19 with eight runs during that stretch.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.246) went 3 for 4 with a walk, two RBI (19) and two stolen bases (7). He is 7 for 9 in his last two games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-31)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Myrtle Beach scored a run in the fourth inning and held on for a 1-0 shutout win over Frederick.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.254) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (15) and a stolen base (11).
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.228) went 0 for 3 with a walk and scored the game’s only run on a wild pitch.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.216) went 1 for 3 with a double (10).
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (3.78 ERA) tossed seven scoreless innings, fanning seven and walking just two to earn the win. It’s his longest scoreless outing of the season.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (2 IP, 1 SO) has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances (6 IP).

South Bend Cubs (39-26)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, falling 3-2 at Dayton.

  • DH Ian Rice (.327) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer (7) in the sixth inning. He has scored a run and driven in a run in each of his last three games.
  • CF Roberto Caro (.333) reached three times, going 2 for 3 with a walk.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.329) was 2 for 4 with a double (21) and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (.400/16 for 40). He has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.248) finished 2 for 4 with a double (11).

Cubs Fifth Homestand Events and Promotions: June 17-June 22, 2016

Bud-Fridays-Save-Ferris-T-Shirt

The Chicago Cubs will square off against two National League Central Division rivals as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals June 17-22 at Wrigley Field. To honor the victims of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the Cubs will host a moment of silence prior to the team’s first home game since the incident.

This homestand begins with the second Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season, June 17, featuring a “Save Ferris” T-shirt celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21 and older. Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a Bud and Burgers pop-up restaurant, including specials like the Big W Burger, Mesa Burger, BBQ Burger and Cheddar Brat Burger. Fans can view the Bud Fridays promotional schedule and purchase tickets at cubs.com/budfridays.

That same evening, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and his Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago event at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, joined by Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities. Mad Men actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer will serve as the evening’s emcees, helping celebrate music, baseball and giving back.

The Cubs will join all Major League Baseball teams in wearing Father’s Day-themed uniforms Sunday, June 19. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

Immediately following the homestand on June 23, the Cubs will kick off the On Deck Luncheon Series with 670 The Score at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. The series, presented by XFINITY, RSM and TimberTech, begins with Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts as the featured guest. Tickets start at $50 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at cubs.com/ondeck.

Ticket availability is limited for the homestand. Fans can purchase at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food Specials
Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a “Bud and Burgers” pop-up restaurant this homestand to coincide with the second Bud Friday of the season. Guests can order four specialty burgers while supplies last, such as the Big W Burger topped with American and cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and Levy sauce on a brioche bun; the Mesa Burger topped with jalapeño jack cheese and a relish of chorizo, charred green onions, tomatoes and jalapeños, served on a charred jalapeño crema on brioche bun; the BBQ Burger topped with white American cheese, pulled BBQ pork, applewood smoked bacon, crispy fried onions, sliced tomatoes and crispy lettuce; or the Cheddar Brat Burger smeared with beer cheese and topped with a Budweiser braised bratwurst and caramelized onions on a pretzel bun.

Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Gene Clines is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with sweet and spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. The Pete LaCock is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese. The Jody Davis is a cheddar-stuffed bratwurst with Goose Island beer mustard, crispy fried onions and smoked gouda cheese.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Music and baseball share the stage at Wrigleyville’s Metro Friday, June 17, when Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, which will be emceed by actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer. The fifth annual event is presented by the Chicago Trading Company and sponsored by CBRE, with proceeds benefiting youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods through Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Tickets and more information are available at ftbnl.org.

As part of the weekend’s Hot Stove Cool Music events, Foundation To Be Named Later will host The Summer City Urban Baseball Classic June 18 at 11 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park located at 10540 S. Morgan St. The event, which shines a light on the importance of youth baseball and the role it plays in the development of successful young leaders, features urban youth playing exciting baseball as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West and the Boston Astros face off. The event is free and open to the public.

Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, June 17, Maddon will represent Urban Initiatives, which partners with Cubs Charities to help power the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program that encourages youth in Chicago to “Play Every Day.”

Homestand Recap, June 17-22
Friday, June 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Moment of silence for victims of Orlando shooting
  • Promotion: Bud Fridays “Save Ferris” T-Shirt, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder Jose Cardenal
  • National anthem: JC Brooks from Chicago American indie soul band, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago

Saturday, June 18, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:15 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Mad Men actor Joel Murray
  • National anthem: Ariel Upton
  • Broadcast: FOX, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:08 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kids Hooded Towel presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Seventh-inning stretch: ESPN broadcast team members
  • Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Monday, June 20, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, June 21, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Fire actress and 2016 Pride Parade Grand Marshal Monica Raymund
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Country music star Brett Eldredge
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 22, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: Ben Higgins from The Bachelor
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/14/16

Iowa split its doubleheader, Tennessee won in convincing fashion, and South Bend had one big inning in its victory Tuesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (30-32)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

  • C Willson Contreras (.354) extended his hitting streak to 19 games in the first contest. He was 2 for 4 with a double (16), an RBI (43) and a run scored.
  • 2B/SS Logan Watkins (.231) was a homer shy of the cycle in the second game, going 4 for 5 with a double (7), a triple (3), an RBI (17) and two runs.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.375) tallied six hits over the twin bill. He had a double in each contest.
  • CF John Andreoli (.219) slugged a pair of homers in the second game (9). He went 3 for 4 with four RBI (31), four runs scored and a walk.
  • RHP Joel Peralta (1 IP, 1 SO) pitched a clean frame in his Iowa debut during Game 2.

Tennessee Smokies (28-37)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies collected 10 hits in a 4-1 triumph over visiting Chattanooga.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.56) surrendered just one earned run in six innings of work to pick up the win.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.241) went 1 for 4 with a solo homer (8), his second-straight game with a homer.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.296) finished 3 for 4 with two RBI (15).
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.317) and RF Bijan Rademacher (.282) each went 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-31)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.5)

Myrtle Beach could not recover from a four-run third inning and lost to Frederick, 5-4.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.279) went 3 for 4 with a double (11) and an RBI (37). It’s his fifth three-hit game this year.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.249) was 2 for 5 with a double (14), an RBI (17) and a run scored.
  • RF Daniel Spingola (.200) finished 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) did not allow a run in 2.1 innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (39-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The SB-Cubs put up seven runs in the sixth inning to top Dayton, 7-2. The squad has sole possession of first place with five games left in the first half.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.318) was 2 for 5 with two RBI (7) and a run scored. He has reached base in his last 10 games.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.326) finished 3 for 5 with an RBI (42) and a run scored. It extended his hitting streak to nine games (14 for 36/.389).
  • C P.J. Higgins (.284) was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (4.15 ERA) tossed a career-high seven innings, allowed only three hits and strikiing out five in the win.

Cubs Lineup: 6/15/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Nationals Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, rhp (7-2, 2.36 ERA)
Nationals Starter: Stephen Strasburg, rhp (10-0, 3.03 ERA)
TV: WGN; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Ben Zobrist, 2b
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, lf
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Miguel Montero, c
6. Albert Almora Jr., cf
7. Javy Baez, 3b
8. Addison Russell, ss
9. Jason Hammel, p

Cubs Lineup: 6/14/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (7-2, 2.63 ERA)
Nationals Starter: Gio Gonzalez, lhp (3-5, 3.93 ERA)
TV: ABC-7 Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, lf
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Javy Baez, 3b
7. Addison Russell, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. John Lackey, p

Cubs extend deal with Single-A Eugene

The Cubs have agreed with the Eugene Emeralds on a two-year Player Development Contract extension through the 2018 season. The current agreement runs through the 2016 campaign.

“From first-class facilities to a dedicated front office staff, the Eugene ballclub has proved to be an outstanding partner for the Cubs organization, and we are pleased to extend this agreement,” said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development.  “We thank Allan Benavides and the entire Emeralds front office for providing a positive experience for our players who have come through Eugene.”

“The Eugene Emeralds are thrilled to see our PDC extended through 2018,” said Emeralds General Manager Allan Benavides. “The Cubs continue to be strong contenders at every level of professional baseball, and we are honored to have Eugene be the launching point for a new generation of Cubs players. The support and camaraderie we’ve received from Jason McLeod, Jaron Madison and the Cubs Front Office has been top notch. It’s a privilege to be a member of the Cubs Family and we are very excited for the future.”

The affiliation between Eugene and Chicago began in 2015. Eugene was previously a Cubs affiliate in the 1999-2000 seasons.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/13/16

South Bend picked up a convincing victory, but neither Tennessee nor Myrtle Beach could secure wins Monday. Iowa’s game was rained out, with a doubleheader scheduled tonight. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action.

Tennessee Smokies (27-37)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-14.0)

The Smokies dropped their fourth game in their last five contests, falling 4-2 vs. Chattanooga.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.241) went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer (7), a double (12) and a steal (22).
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.275) reached twice, going 1 for 3 with a double (6), run scored and walk.
  • RHP James Farris (1 IP) has yet to allow a run in three appearances (4 IP) with Tennessee.
  • RHP Tyler Skulina (3.67 ERA) tossed his fifth quality start of the season, striking out six in six innings, surrendering three earned runs. He has posted a 2.74 ERA (7 ER/23 IP) in his last four starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-30)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.5)

The Pelicans allowed runs in each of the first four innings and dropped a 7-3 decision vs. Frederick.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.265) homered for the third straight game, going 1 for 2 with a solo blast (5) and two walks.
  • DH Charcer Burks (.214) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer (5) in the seventh inning.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.250) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4.
  • RHP James Pugliese (4 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO) did not allow a hit in four scoreless innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (38-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend collected 13 hits in a 6-1 victory over host Dayton.

  • RF Eddy Martinez (.242) went a perfect 4 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI (32). It’s his first four-hit game of the season.
  • DH Ian Rice (.327) was 3 for 5 with a solo homer (6).
  • 1B P.J. Higgins (.281) and SS Josh Silver (.286) each collected two-hit games.
  • RHP Kyle Miller (1.36) pitched a season-high six innings in his second start of the season. He gave up no earned runs on four hits, striking out three and walking just one.
  • LHP Kyle Twomey (3.0 IP, 3 H, 6 SO) earned his first save of the season, tossing three innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/12/16

The Smokies edged out a win, but the other affiliates weren’t able to secure victories Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (29-31)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

The I-Cubs were swept by Round Rock as they dropped the final game of the four-game set, 10-7.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.313) registered a three-hit game for the fourth time this season, going 3 for 4 with a homer (10), two RBI (42), two runs scored and a walk.
  • CF John Andreoli (.212) slugged his third lead-off homer of the season (7). He went 2 for 3 with a pair of runs scored and two walks.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.351) extended his PCL-best hitting streak to 18 games with a triple (3), an RBI and a walk.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.294) went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a walk.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (1 IP) pitched a clean frame in his third rehab appearance.

Tennessee Smokies (27-36)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-13.5)

The Smokies snapped their three-game losing streak, topping Chattanooga, 5-4.

  • 1B Victor Caratini (.303) was 3 for 4 with a triple (1), an RBI (19) and a pair of runs scored.
  • 3B David Bote (.500) was 2 for 4 with an RBI (1) and a run scored in his first game with Tennessee.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.385) went 2 for 4 with a double (3). LF Kelly Dugan (.215) and RF Jacob Hannemann (.237) also hit doubles.
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (2.53) gave up three earned runs in seven innings, fanning six and walking just one. He has walked one or fewer batters in eight of his 13 starts this season.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-29)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-6.5)

Despite a pair of Gioskar Amaya homers, the Pelicans lost to Lynchburg, 3-2.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.261) registered his first-career multi-homer game with a pair of solo shots (2). He has three homers in his last two games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.270) went 1 for 4, and LF Charcer Burks (.207) was 1 for 3.
  • Trevor Clifton (2.21 ERA) gave up two earned runs in five innings, striking out six.

South Bend Cubs (37-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

The SB-Cubs were limited to only two hits and suffered a 6-0 setback at Bowling Green.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.277) snapped Michael Velasquez’ perfect-game bid with a single in the seventh inning, finishing 2 for 4.
  • RHP Scott Effross (2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) snapped his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 18.1 IP. He had not allowed a run since April 28.

Cubs Lineup: 6/13/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, rhp (4-5, 2.90)
Nationals Starter: Max Scherzer, rhp (7-4, 3.57 ERA)
TV: CSN, ESPN (out-of-market only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, 3b
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Chris Coghlan, lf
7. Miguel Montero, c
8. Addison Russell, ss
9. Kyle Hendricks, p

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