MESA, Ariz. — Prepared or not, the Cactus League period commences Saturday for the Chicago Cubs as they take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Sloan Park.
Yet another day of rain Friday confined the Cubs to typically indoor work. There was even some snow in the northern extremes of the Valley of the Sun.
“It can be sort of entertaining apart from that it truly is messing up our day a tiny bit,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon explained. “We obtained anything in. We did truly effectively. Of study course, the actual pitchers throwing to hitters did not arise.
“From my viewpoint, it was a truly excellent day. We are just lacking that a person component (work on the apply fields). The facility alone, even in spite of undesirable climate, permits us to do points other teams are not able to do. So I’m very grateful about that.”
Permit the games begin:
Rain could not dampen the spirits of 7 families from Advocate Kid’s Hospital in Park Ridge. The young children, who are going through treatment method for critical illnesses, received an all-expenditure-compensated excursion to Mesa to satisfy Cubs players and coaches.
They’re scheduled to go to Saturday’s Cactus League opener.
Irrespective of a steady rain, the families have been able to watch an abbreviated exercise and satisfy and get hugs from some of their favorite players.
“It can be just truly interesting,” explained 13-yr-outdated Jonathan Holiday break of Bartlett. “I never ever imagined I might satisfy any of the coaches or players. It can be truly enjoyment, and it truly is a new working experience.”
Jonathan, a pitcher when he plays baseball, explained Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is his favorite participant and that infielder David Bote took a photo with him and signed a ball and jersey for him.
The Cubs designed various adjustments in their small-league procedure.
Mark Johnson, manager at the Cubs’ Class AA Tennessee affiliate, was promoted to catching coordinator for the procedure. Johnson managed the Kane County Cougars to the 2014 Midwest League title.
Jimmy Gonzalez, who experienced been manager at Class A South Bend final yr and was set to be at Class A Myrtle Beach, moves up to Tennessee. Longtime organizational manager Buddy Bailey usually takes around at South Bend.
Steve Lerud moves from short-period Class A Eugene to Myrtle Beach. Lance Rymel, who experienced managed a person of the Cubs’ clubs in the Dominican Republic, goes to Eugene.