Spring Training Chicago Cubs
Based in Illinois, the Chicago Cubs are associated members of the Major League Baseball. The professional baseball team plays from the Central Division of the National League. Owned by a family trust of TD Ameritrade, the Cubs are one of two National League’s charter members. They play their home games at the Wrigley Field which is situated at the North Side Lake View community in Chicago. Because of the home park’s locality, the team is also referred to as “The North Siders”. The Cubs are known for their cross town rivalry with the Chicago White Sox. The Cubs emerged as Chicago White Stockings and began playing in 1870. They are the only team to play in the same city for their entire game history since they were found in 1871. They played as the Chicago Colts from 1890 – 1897 and Chicago Orphans from 1898- 1902. They started playing as the Chicago Cubs in 1903 and the name stuck to them.
The spring training facility of the cubs is situated in Mesa, Arizona. They play their games at the Cubs Park which is the largest spring training ballpark of Major League Baseball. The park has a seating capacity to accommodate fifteen thousand baseball fans. Before the opening of the Cubs Park in 2014, the Cubs played games at the HoHoKam Park from 1979 to 2013. Mesa has been the spring home of The North Siders for majority of their seasons since 1952. Besides Mesa, the team additionally held their spring training in Champaign, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, New Orleans, French Lick, Hot Springs, Tampa, Pasadena, Santa Catalina Island, Rendezvous Park in Mesa, Long Beach and Scottsdale.
Marking the thirty-sixth consecutive spring spent in Mesa, the Cubs would be playing on the newly formed hundred and forty acre site. In the first nine days of the Cactus League play, the Cubs would play six home games. The games would include playing against challenging opponents such as the Giants, the Royals, the Athletics and the Rockies. The Cubs would be travelling to Las Vegas next to play against the Mets and the Padres in a two-game series. Intricate rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and the White Sox would begin towards the end of March in Glendale and Mesa. Do visit your nearest stadium this spring to enjoy exhilarating baseball games with your baseball fan buddies.
Baseball Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, John Clarkson, Andre Dawson, Chuck Klein, Greg Maddux, Joe McCarthy, Deacon White, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams and Robin Roberts have supported the team in gaining popularity and making a big name in the sport. Members of the Cubs have also earned numerous awards for their spectacular performances over the years. The awards include “Most Valuable Player”, “Cy Young”, “Rookie of the Year”, “Gold Glove Award”, “Silver Slugger”, “Manager of the Year” and more. The Spring Training roaster for the Cubs include pitchers Dallas Beeler, Alberto Cabrera, Kyuji Fujikawa, Justin Grimm, Jason Hammel, Edwin Jackson, James McDonald; catchers Wellington Castillo and George Kottaras; infielders Mike Olt, Anthony Rizzo, Luis Valbuena; outfielders Justin Ruggiano, Nate Schierholtz, Jorge Soler among others. Witness the incredible Cubs try and sweep their opponents by getting Spring Training Chicago Cubs tickets for the scheduled games.