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Cubs 8-game packs and 14-game flex pack go on sale December 14

Fans can purchase must-have matchups for 2019 season, including Opening Day, before single-game tickets go on sale February 22

Beginning Friday, December 14, Chicago Cubs fans can get first access to some of the hottest matchups of the 2019 season by purchasing multi-game packages before single-game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22.

New this year, the Cubs are offering an 8-game "Holiday Pack" available only through Tuesday, January 1. This limited-time holiday season offer includes matchups from the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and more. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/packs.

Beginning Friday, December 14, Chicago Cubs fans can get first access to some of the hottest matchups of the 2019 season by purchasing multi-game packages before single-game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22.

New this year, the Cubs are offering an 8-game "Holiday Pack" available only through Tuesday, January 1. This limited-time holiday season offer includes matchups from the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and more. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/packs.

The Cubs 8-game packs and Cubs 14-game flex pack are the team's most extensive ticket offering during the holiday season, featuring tickets for all 81 home games. Cubs 8-game packs and Cubs 14-game flex pack go on sale at 10 a.m. CST Friday, December 14, at www.cubs.com/packs.

Cubs 8-game packs

Cubs 8-game packs provide a choice of five pre-selected, eight-game packs, with each option tailored to different fan interests. Options include the "Friday Pack," featuring eight Friday games; the "Sunday Pack," featuring eight Sunday games; the "Rival Pack," featuring matchups with the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and other NL Central Division rivals; the "Summer Pack," featuring games during the summer months of June, July, August and September; and the "Holiday Pack" available only through January 1.

Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the eight games in their package. Prices start at $209 in the Upper Reserved Outfield before service fees and City and County amusement taxes, with other prices varying based on pack and location.

Cubs 14-game flex pack

Fans looking to customize their ticket package can choose the Cubs 14-game flex pack. This package allows fans to select from exciting games including Opening Day, matchups against division rivals and rare visits from Interleague teams. Prices start at $320 in the Upper Reserved Outfield before service fees and City and County amusement taxes, with other prices varying based on games and location. Overall, fans can select from 81 total games when purchasing the Cubs 14-game flex pack.

The Cubs 8-game packs and Cubs 14-game flex pack are available in select options in the seating bowl and Budweiser Bleachers. Tickets will be delivered exclusively through the free MLB Ballpark app.

Tickets may be purchased online through www.cubs.com/packs, by calling 800-THE-CUBS or by emailing cubsflexsales@cubs.com. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs announce 2019 Major League coaching staff

Tommy Hottovy named pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge named assistant hitting coach, Chris Denorfia named quality assurance coach

The Chicago Cubs today named Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge as assistant hitting coach and Chris Denorfia as quality assurance coach. Furthermore, Mike Borzello has had associate pitching coach added to his title. Today's announcement rounds out manager Joe Maddon's 2019 Major League coaching staff:

Brian Butterfield, third base coach, second season on the Cubs coaching staff in this role, 23rd season on a Major League coaching staff. Butterfield will also continue to coach the club's infielders.

The Chicago Cubs today named Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge as assistant hitting coach and Chris Denorfia as quality assurance coach. Furthermore, Mike Borzello has had associate pitching coach added to his title. Today's announcement rounds out manager Joe Maddon's 2019 Major League coaching staff:

Brian Butterfield, third base coach, second season on the Cubs coaching staff in this role, 23rd season on a Major League coaching staff. Butterfield will also continue to coach the club's infielders.

Tommy Hottovy, pitching coach, first season on a Major League coaching staff. Hottovy joined the Cubs as a coordinator in Major League scouting in 2015 following a 10-year pro pitching career, including parts of two seasons in the majors with Boston (2011) and Kansas City (2012). With the Cubs, Hottovy has worked within the Major League pitching infrastructure for the last four seasons, formulating game plans with the coaching staff and assisting pitchers in their game preparation on a daily basis.   

Brandon Hyde, bench coach, sixth season on the Cubs coaching staff, third as bench coach (2014, 18-19), eighth on a big league coaching staff. Hyde also served as the club's Major League first base coach for three seasons (2015-17).

Anthony Iapoce, hitting coach, first season on the Cubs coaching staff, fourth season as a Major League hitting coach. Iapoce was named to this position on October 15 after serving as Major League hitting coach for the Texas Rangers the last three seasons. He was the Cubs Minor League hitting coordinator from 2013-15.

Lester Strode, bullpen coach, 13th season as Cubs bullpen coach, 31st season in the Cubs organization.

Will Venable, first base coach, second season on the Cubs coaching staff in this role. Venable will also continue to coach the club's outfielders.

Mike Borzello, associate pitching, catching and strategy coach, eighth season on the Cubs coaching staff, sixth season in this role, 24th season on a Major League coaching staff. Associate pitching coach is new to Borzello's title in 2019.

Chris Denorfia, quality assurance coach, first season on a Major League coaching staff. He joined the Cubs front office as a Special Assistant to the President/GM prior to the 2018 campaign after concluding his 10-year Major League career with the Cubs in 2015. The former outfielder made his Major League debut in 2005 and spent time with Cincinnati (2005-06), Oakland (2008-09), San Diego (2010-14), Seattle (2014) and the Cubs (2015).

Terrmel Sledge, assistant hitting coach, first season on a Major League coaching staff. Sledge returns to the Cubs organization after spending 2015 as hitting coach at Single-A Eugene. He has spent the last two seasons as a hitting coach in the Dodgers system. The former outfielder spent parts of four Major League seasons with Montreal (2004), Washington (2005) and San Diego (2006-07) and also played five years professionally in Japan (2008-12).

Juan Cabreja, staff assistant, third season on the Cubs coaching staff, 16th season in the Cubs organization.

Franklin Font, staff assistant, eighth season on the Cubs coaching staff, 25th season in the Cubs organization.

Chad Noble, bullpen catcher, sixth season with the Cubs in this role.

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Cubs announce roster moves for November 30

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced the following roster moves for Friday, November 30, in conjunction with today's deadline to tender/non-tender 2019 contracts for unsigned players on their 40-man roster.

Seven arbitration-eligible players have been tendered 2019 contracts: infielders Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell; outfielder Kyle Schwarber; right-handed pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Kyle Hendricks; and left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery. Overall, a total of 24 players from the Cubs 40-man roster were tendered 2019 contracts today - the seven arbitration eligible players listed above and 17 players not yet eligible for arbitration.

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced the following roster moves for Friday, November 30, in conjunction with today's deadline to tender/non-tender 2019 contracts for unsigned players on their 40-man roster.

Seven arbitration-eligible players have been tendered 2019 contracts: infielders Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell; outfielder Kyle Schwarber; right-handed pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Kyle Hendricks; and left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery. Overall, a total of 24 players from the Cubs 40-man roster were tendered 2019 contracts today - the seven arbitration eligible players listed above and 17 players not yet eligible for arbitration.

Infielder Ronald Torreyes has been non-tendered.

Two additional players have been non-tendered who were not eligible for arbitration: right-handed pitchers Justin Hancock and Allen Webster.

The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.

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Statements from Addison Russell, Theo Epstein

STATEMENT FROM ADDISON RUSSELL

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell today released the following statement:

STATEMENT FROM ADDISON RUSSELL

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell today released the following statement:

"I offer my heartfelt apology to my family and my former wife Melisa for my past behavior. I also want to apologize to Cubs fans, the Cubs organization, and my teammates for letting them down. Since accepting my suspension, I've had time to reflect on my past behavior and think about the next steps I need to take to grow as a person. Here are the first steps I've taken:

"I accepted my suspension and did not appeal. I am responsible for my actions.

"I am complying with the MLB-MLBPA treatment plan, and I will be meeting regularly with different experts, counselors, and therapists. Even before any mandated treatment, I took the extra initiative of obtaining my own therapist and I have been meeting with that therapist several times a week for the last two months and plan to continue this therapy beyond the MLB treatment plan. With that therapy, I am attempting to improve myself by learning new outlooks and understanding different emotions.

"After I have done my own therapy and gained new insights into myself, I hope to be able to work with non-profit groups in Pensacola, Chicago, and Arizona to support their missions and become part of the solution.

"Finally, I recently met with Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein to explain my progress and goals. They outlined the Cubs' expectations for me. I accept and am completely committed to meeting those expectations. I am grateful for their support.

"I am just in the early stages of this process. It is work that goes far beyond being a baseball player - it goes to my core values of being the best family man, partner, and teammate that I can be, and giving back to the community and the less fortunate. While there is a lot of work ahead for me to earn back the trust of the Cubs fans, my teammates, and the entire organization, it's work that I am 110 percent committed to doing."

Sincerely,
Addison Russell

STATEMENT FROM THEO EPSTEIN

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein today released the following statement:

"The behavior that led to Addison Russell's suspension under Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence Policy happened on our watch. We traded for Addison when he was a 20-year-old Double-A player, helped him develop into a world champion and welcomed the praise that came along with his triumphs.

"If we're willing to accept credit when a member of our organization succeeds on the field, what should we do if he engages in conduct off the field worthy of discipline from Major League Baseball?

"After a very thorough process, we have chosen to take action to try to become a small part of the solution for Addison, his family, Melisa Reidy and the larger issue of domestic violence prevention. In determining our path forward, we've maintained regular dialogue with Melisa to support her and to listen. We've also consulted with a number of domestic violence experts. Over the past few months, I've maintained frequent communication with Addison, and Cubs personnel have met with him regularly. Earlier this week, Tom Ricketts and I met with Addison in Chicago to assess his progress and communicate our expectations as he works to earn back the trust of our fans and entire organization. He affirmed he understands and accepts those expectations.

"As Addison detailed in his statement, he has taken the initial steps to hold himself accountable for his past behavior and begin the rehabilitation process. He is working closely with his own therapist - help he proactively sought on his own beyond the league-mandated treatment -- and plans to continue this work once the mandated program is completed. We are encouraged by his early effort and will continue to evaluate and verify his progress.

"Today, we are taking the procedural step of tendering Addison a non-guaranteed contract in conjunction with Major League Baseball's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. While this decision leaves the door open for Addison to later make an impact for us on the field, it does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future as a Cub. It does however reflect our support for him as long as he continues to make progress and demonstrates his commitment to these important issues.

"Just as Addison has a responsibility to own his actions and put in significant work to grow, our organization has a responsibility to act as well. We're taking a hard look at how we can support domestic violence prevention. In our own workplace, we are dedicating more resources to expand training for our players, their families and our coaching staff and front office. We will engage the appropriate experts to help us design programs for the Cubs which raise awareness of domestic violence, help prevent future incidents and make us the safest workplace possible. We also have connected with Family Rescue, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence and community education and prevention. We're exploring ways we can support their award-winning efforts to eradicate domestic violence in Chicago.

"We understand every action we take and word we use sends a message to our fans -- all of whom have their own unique experiences and perspectives, and some of whom have a personal connection to domestic violence. The message we would like to leave you with is we take the issue of domestic violence seriously. There is a long road ahead for Addison, and we will hold him accountable. There also is a long road ahead for our organization as we attempt to make some good of this situation. We are committed to being a part of the solution."

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Cubs trade INF Tommy La Stella to Angels for player to be named or cash consideration

The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Tommy La Stella to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or a cash consideration.  

La Stella, who turns 30 in January, spent the last four seasons with Chicago and batted .273 (139-for-509) with 34 doubles, nine homers and 63 RBI in 303 games in a Cubs uniform. A 2016 World Champion, La Stella departs as the club's all-time single-season pinch-hit leader as he tallied 24 hits in that role in 2018. La Stella was acquired by the Cubs from the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino on November 16, 2014. 

The Chicago Cubs today traded infielder Tommy La Stella to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or a cash consideration.  

La Stella, who turns 30 in January, spent the last four seasons with Chicago and batted .273 (139-for-509) with 34 doubles, nine homers and 63 RBI in 303 games in a Cubs uniform. A 2016 World Champion, La Stella departs as the club's all-time single-season pinch-hit leader as he tallied 24 hits in that role in 2018. La Stella was acquired by the Cubs from the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino on November 16, 2014. 

Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.
 

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Cubs, LHP Kyle Ryan agree to 2019 contract

The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan have agreed to terms on a 2019 Major League contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Ryan, 27, went 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA (21 ER/66.0 IP) in 22 appearances (eight starts, 14 in relief) for Triple-A Iowa last season after agreeing to a Minor League deal with the Cubs last January. The southpaw has spent parts of four seasons in the Majors with the Detroit Tigers (2014-17), going 8-6 with a 3.87 ERA (55 ER/128.0 IP) in 86 career big league appearances, all but seven in relief. 

The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan have agreed to terms on a 2019 Major League contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Ryan, 27, went 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA (21 ER/66.0 IP) in 22 appearances (eight starts, 14 in relief) for Triple-A Iowa last season after agreeing to a Minor League deal with the Cubs last January. The southpaw has spent parts of four seasons in the Majors with the Detroit Tigers (2014-17), going 8-6 with a 3.87 ERA (55 ER/128.0 IP) in 86 career big league appearances, all but seven in relief. 

The 6-foot-5 Ryan was originally selected by the Tigers in the 12th round of the 2010 Draft out of Auburndale (Fla.) High School. He has gone 45-51 with a 3.64 ERA (353 ER/872.2 IP) in 209 Minor League appearances (139 starts, 70 in relief) covering nine seasons.

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Cubs acquire INF Ronald Torreyes from the Yankees

The Chicago Cubs today acquired infielder Ronald Torreyes from the New York Yankees for a player to be named or cash considerations. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Torreyes, 26, is a career .281 hitter (162-for-576) with 30 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 56 RBIs in 229 games covering parts of four Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Yankees (2016-18). Today marks a return to the Cubs organization for Torreyes, as he was originally acquired with pitcher Travis Wood and outfielder Dave Sappelt from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Sean Marshall on December 23, 2011. Torreyes appeared in parts of two seasons in the Cubs Minor League system, reaching Double-A Tennessee, before being acquired by Houston on July 2, 2013.

The Chicago Cubs today acquired infielder Ronald Torreyes from the New York Yankees for a player to be named or cash considerations. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Torreyes, 26, is a career .281 hitter (162-for-576) with 30 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 56 RBIs in 229 games covering parts of four Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Yankees (2016-18). Today marks a return to the Cubs organization for Torreyes, as he was originally acquired with pitcher Travis Wood and outfielder Dave Sappelt from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Sean Marshall on December 23, 2011. Torreyes appeared in parts of two seasons in the Cubs Minor League system, reaching Double-A Tennessee, before being acquired by Houston on July 2, 2013.

The versatile Torreyes has seen big league action at second base (92 games), third base (74 games), shortstop (60 games) and right field (three games). He made his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2015 and played in a career-high 108 games with the Yankees in 2017, when he batted .292 (92-for-315) with 15 doubles, a triple, three home runs and 36 RBIs. Last season, Torreyes split most of the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Yankees, batting .280 (28-for-100) in 41 games in the Majors. 

Torreyes originally signed with the Reds as a non-drafted free agent in 2010 and was traded to the Cubs a year later. He is a native of Libertador, Venezuela.

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Cubs announce roster moves for November 20

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced the following roster moves. The Cubs have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Justin Steele from Double-A Tennessee and claimed left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. The Cubs have also acquired right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick from the San Diego Padres for infielder Jason Vosler. Steele, Clarkin and Wick are now on Chicago's 40-man roster.

 

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced the following roster moves. The Cubs have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Justin Steele from Double-A Tennessee and claimed left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. The Cubs have also acquired right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick from the San Diego Padres for infielder Jason Vosler. Steele, Clarkin and Wick are now on Chicago's 40-man roster.

 

Additionally, infielder Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, while outfielder Johnny Field and left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto have cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

 

Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

 

Steele, 23, combined to go 2-2 with a 2.31 ERA (12 ER/46.2 IP) in 11 starts last season across three levels of the Cubs minor league system, reaching the Double-A level for the first time in his career to close out the year. He struck out 53 batters while walking only 13, an average of 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.5 walks per nine innings, while limiint foes to a .176 batting average. Steele concluded his year by making six starts for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League (1-1, 5.79 ERA).

 

The 6-foot-2 southpaw earned 2017 mid-season Carolina League All-Star honors with Single-A Myrtle Beach when he went 6-7 with a 2.92 ERA (32 ER/98.2 IP) in 20 starts. Steele was originally drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2014 Draft out of George County High School in Lucedale, MS. In five seasons in the Cubs minor league system, Steels has gone 16-17 with a 3.35 ERA (105 ER/282.0 IP) in 69 appearances, all but five as a starter.

 

Clarkin, 23, was a first round draft pick (33rd overall) by the New York Yankees in 2013 and has gone 18-24 with a 3.55 ERA (138 ER/349.2 IP) in 81 minor league appearances (66 starts) covering five seasons in the Yankees (2013-14, 16-17) and White Sox (2017-18) organizations. He joined the White Sox as part of the seven-player trade that sent Todd Frazier and David Robertson to the Yankees on July 19, 2017.

 

The 6-foot-2 southpaw went 4-5 with a 4.76 ERA (45 ER/85.0 IP) in 25 appearances (12 starts) last season across three levels of the White Sox minor league system, reaching Double-A for the first time in his career.

 

Wick, 26, is 8-6 with 26 saves and a 2.84 ERA (45 ER/142.2 IP) in 130 minor league relief outings in the St. Louis Cardinals and Padres systems. He began the 2018 campaign with Double-A San Antonio, advanced to Triple-A El Paso on July 1 and made his major league debut in August. Wick combined to go 4-4 with 14 saves and a 2.67 ERA (16 ER/54.0 IP) in 49 minor league appearances last year, earning mid-season Texas League All-Star honors, and went 0-1 with a 6.48 ERA (6 ER/8.1 IP) in 10 major league relief outings.

 

The 6-foot-3 southpaw was selected by St. Louis in the ninth round of the 2012 Draft out of Cypress College. He was drafted as a catcher and made the conversion to pitcher during the 2015 campaign.

 

Vosler, 25, was originally selected by the Cubs in the 16th round of the 2014 Draft out of Northeastern University. He has batted .247 (451-for-1,825) with 98 doubles, 58 homers and 276 RBI in 514 games covering five seasons in the Cubs minor league system.

 

Field, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins on November 1.

 

Reinheimer, 26, was claimed off waivers from the New York Mets on November 2.

 

Vasto, 26, was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals on October 31.

 

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Jim Hickey to step down as Cubs pitching coach

The Chicago Cubs today announced that Jim Hickey has elected to step down as major league pitching coach for personal reasons. A search for his replacement is underway.

Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein issued the following statement:

The Chicago Cubs today announced that Jim Hickey has elected to step down as major league pitching coach for personal reasons. A search for his replacement is underway.

Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein issued the following statement:

"Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well."  

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Chicago sports franchises continue alliance for second year to address violence

Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox move forward with support for violence reduction programs in 2019

The Chicago Sports Alliance, the collaboration of five of Chicago's professional sports teams, announced it will move forward in 2019 to lend the teams' collective reach and resources in support of finding innovative solutions to decrease violence in the city. This is the second consecutive year of the Alliance and its contributions.

With this announcement, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, operating together as the Chicago Sports Alliance, confirmed the group will donate a total of $1 million in grants to continue supporting a partnership with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Choose to Change (C2C), which combines Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc's high-intensity mentoring and advocacy with trauma-informed therapy provided by Children's Home & Aid. New this year, the Alliance will fund the targeted transitional job training program, READI Chicago (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative).

The Chicago Sports Alliance, the collaboration of five of Chicago's professional sports teams, announced it will move forward in 2019 to lend the teams' collective reach and resources in support of finding innovative solutions to decrease violence in the city. This is the second consecutive year of the Alliance and its contributions.

With this announcement, the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, operating together as the Chicago Sports Alliance, confirmed the group will donate a total of $1 million in grants to continue supporting a partnership with the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Choose to Change (C2C), which combines Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc's high-intensity mentoring and advocacy with trauma-informed therapy provided by Children's Home & Aid. New this year, the Alliance will fund the targeted transitional job training program, READI Chicago (Rapid Employment and Development Initiative).

Last year, the Alliance provided a grant earmarked for analyst training at the Chicago Police Department's Strategic Decisions Support Centers (SDSCs). In 2018, additional support fully funded the training program and SDSCs. The support created the opportunity for the Alliance to direct investments toward a new program, READI Chicago.
 
The Alliance maintained the approach established in its first year by relying on data and expertise from the Crime Lab to direct the group's investments toward programs and efforts structured to produce more actionable insights.

The Crime Lab, which partners with policymakers and practitioners to help cities design and test ways to reduce crime and improve lives at scale, provides data-driven recommendations to the Alliance about promising ways to reduce violence. The ongoing support from the teams will further the Crime Lab's mission of working closely with nonprofits and city government to identify and help scale the most effective ways to reduce violence and support thriving communities in Chicago.

With support from the Alliance for a second year, C2C will expand its mentoring and trauma therapy program to more participants who are most at-risk for violence involvement in the Englewood community. Support from the Alliance in 2018 allowed C2C to add a fifth group of participants, reaching 60 additional at-risk youth. Preliminary results from the Crime Lab's randomized controlled trial evaluation indicate that participation in C2C reduced violent arrests by about 50 percent.

Through the Alliance grant, READI Chicago will add more young men at highest risk of becoming involved in gun violence to participate in the 18-month program providing transitional job training and trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapy. READI Chicago is grounded in research that suggests the promise of employment opportunities coupled with therapy and training to help participants slow down their decision-making in high-stakes situations. READI Chicago is the first program of its scope and scale ever to be implemented.

Each team also will continue to work with the grant recipients throughout the year by providing in-kind support, as well as tapping into the teams' vast networks of fans and organizational strengths to help bring awareness to the programs.

"Our thanks to Jerry for organizing us. The Chicago Sports Alliance was his idea," said Chicago Bears Chairman George H. McCaskey. "He came to us and said, 'We've got to do what we can about the gun violence that is tearing apart our city.' Michael, Tom and Rocky have been incredibly supportive. My hat's off to them." 
 
"Today we collectively recommit to supporting these important gun violence initiatives because we share a desire to give back to the community by making it a safer place to live, work and play," said Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz. "The Chicago Blackhawks organization is honored to host this announcement at the MB Ice Arena, which was built for the community with the same vision and provides essential programming to underprivileged youth." 
 
"We are proud to continue the Chicago Sports Alliance and partner with great organizations that are working to address the violence plaguing our city," said Michael Reinsdorf, Chicago Bulls President and Chief Operating Officer. "We want our players, coaches, front office, corporate partners and, most importantly, our fans to know we are committed to this issue and to join us in helping to find and support solutions. This cannot be done alone, and we are grateful that the Alliance teams have come together to try to make a positive and lasting impact on our city." 
 
"Chicago has given my family and the Cubs so much. We want this city to reach its fullest potential. To do so, we must put an end to the senseless violence and offer hope and opportunity to every young person and every family in every neighborhood," said Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. "We're determined to keep up the progress on this mission and do it in the spirit of teamwork with the Chicago Sports Alliance."  
"Our organizations are part of the identity and history of the city of Chicago. Our teams live in the hearts of all Chicagoans. It's our responsibility to lend our collective power as iconic institutions to find solutions and motivate others to get involved," said Chicago White Sox and Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. "We have seen progress in the first year of this journey, and we're moving forward with the Chicago Sports Alliance into 2019 because gun violence continues to plague our hometown."

"This new investment by the Chicago Sports Alliance comes at a critical time for our city. We have already lost over 480 people to gun violence this year. That is 480 too many lives cut short," said Roseanna Ander, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. "The expansion of these promising programs with the support of the Alliance has the potential to stop bloodshed, to support our most vulnerable, and help build a safer, more vibrant Chicago. We are proud to partner with the Sports Alliance on this work, but there is much left to be done and the stakes could not be higher."
 
All five teams will continue their individual charitable and community relations efforts, which donate millions in financial and in-kind support annually to hundreds of organizations and programs across the Chicagoland area.

The teams will look to continue the Chicago Sports Alliance effort on an annual basis, and decisions regarding programs that will receive future funding will be made as the effort progresses.

For more information about the partnership, please visit urbanlabs.uchicago.edu/projects/chicago-sports-alliance

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Cubs 2B Javier Báez wins N.L. Silver Slugger

CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Báez tonight won his first-career National League Silver Slugger Award. Báez is one of only two second basemen in franchise history to win this award, joining seven-time winner Ryne Sandberg (1984-85, 1988-92).

Overall, Báez has earned the first Silver Slugger Award by a Cub since both first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Jake Arrieta won in 2016. Báez is now one of only 11 players in franchise history to win a Silver Slugger.

CHICAGO - Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Báez tonight won his first-career National League Silver Slugger Award. Báez is one of only two second basemen in franchise history to win this award, joining seven-time winner Ryne Sandberg (1984-85, 1988-92).

Overall, Báez has earned the first Silver Slugger Award by a Cub since both first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Jake Arrieta won in 2016. Báez is now one of only 11 players in franchise history to win a Silver Slugger.

Báez is also just the fifth infielder in franchise history to win a Silver Slugger Award, joining Rizzo (2016), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (2011), first baseman Derrek Lee (2005) and Sandberg.

In 2018, Báez batted .290 (176-for-606) with 101 runs scored, 40 doubles, nine triples, 34 home runs and an N.L.-leading 111 RBI, setting career highs in all six categories. He also turned in a .326 on-base percentage, a .554 slugging percentage and an .881 OPS, all career bests as well. Báez became the first player in major league history to reach 40 doubles, nine triples, 34 homers, 111 RBI and 21 stolen bases within a single season.

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Cubs Charities awards more than $1.5 million to Diamond Project capital grantees

CHICAGO - Cubs Charities announced today its 2018 Diamond Project capital grants. This year, Cubs Charities will award more than $1.5 million to support 14 projects across Chicago's neighborhoods from Evanston to Pullman.

Chicago Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney made the grant announcement during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Pullman Community Center, which is receiving a $500,000 Diamond Project grant - one of the largest Diamond Project grants given since the program's inception - to help fund a field and four batting cages in the new 135,000-square-foot facility.

CHICAGO - Cubs Charities announced today its 2018 Diamond Project capital grants. This year, Cubs Charities will award more than $1.5 million to support 14 projects across Chicago's neighborhoods from Evanston to Pullman.

Chicago Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney made the grant announcement during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Pullman Community Center, which is receiving a $500,000 Diamond Project grant - one of the largest Diamond Project grants given since the program's inception - to help fund a field and four batting cages in the new 135,000-square-foot facility.

The Pullman Community Center features three indoor playing fields, year-round recreational and educational programs, and space for meetings and gatherings for far-south side communities.

"We are proud to support the Pullman Community Center with our $500,000 Diamond Project grant," said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. "With this facility, children in Pullman, Roseland and surrounding communities will benefit from increased access to a large-scale indoor baseball and softball facility and programming that will teach the fundamentals of the game with year-round instruction. The new field and batting cages will help athletes develop their skills and foster a love of the game."

The Diamond Project aims to expand baseball and softball opportunities for all Chicago children and youth by providing them with skilled coaches, quality year-round softball and baseball programs and safe and accessible places to play the game.

Since 2014, the Diamond Project has invested more than $7.3 million to fund 60 investment capital projects, distributed equipment to 14 organizations and provided operating support to 45 youth leagues. Cubs Charities partners with LISC Chicago to vet capital requests and partners.

2018 Diamond Project Capital Grantees:
B.I.G. Baseball Academy (4425 S. Western Blvd.)
Children First Fund for Lindblom Park (6054 S. Damen Ave.)
Evanston Baseball Softball Association for Foster Park (1655 Foster Street, Evanston, IL.)
Hamlin Park Baseball Association, Inc. (3035 N. Hoyne Ave.)
Horner Park North-West Little League (2741 W. Montrose Ave.)
Kerry Wood Cubs Field (3400 N. Rockwell St.)
New Life Centers of Chicagoland for La Villita Park (2800 S. Sacramento Blvd.)
Oz Park Advisory Council (2021 N. Burling St.)
Pullman Community Center (10355 S. Woodlawn Ave.)
The BASE Chicago (230 N. Kolmar Ave.)
The Noble Network of Charter Schools for Hermosa Park (2240 N. Kilbourn Ave.)
Warren Park Youth Baseball Little League (6601 N. Western Ave.)
Willye B. White Park Advisory Council (1610 W. Howard St.)
Wrightwood Little League for Hayes Park (2936 W. 85th St.)

About Cubs Charities: Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities' goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org

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Cubs announce roster moves for November 2

The Chicago Cubs claimed infielder Jack Reinheimer off waivers from the New York Mets on Friday. Additionally, the following four players have been activated off of the 60-day disabled list: right-handed pitchers Yu Darvish, Justin Hancock and Brandon Morrow as well as outfielder Mark Zagunis. Finally, both outfielder Terrance Gore and infielder Mike Freeman have been outrighted off of the 40-man roster.

The club's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

The Chicago Cubs claimed infielder Jack Reinheimer off waivers from the New York Mets on Friday. Additionally, the following four players have been activated off of the 60-day disabled list: right-handed pitchers Yu Darvish, Justin Hancock and Brandon Morrow as well as outfielder Mark Zagunis. Finally, both outfielder Terrance Gore and infielder Mike Freeman have been outrighted off of the 40-man roster.

The club's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Reinheimer, 26, has spent time in the big leagues the last two seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2017) and the Mets (2018), seeing action in 23 games and batting .143 (5-for-35) with four runs scored. The right-handed batter and thrower spent most of this past season at Triple-A, batting .257 (63-for-245) with 12 doubles, two triples, five homers and 26 RBI in 66 games for the Diamondbacks and Mets affiliates, as he was claimed off waivers by the Mets July 31. He made his major league debut with Arizona on August 1, 2017 at Wrigley Field.

In his minor league career, Reinheimer has played 505 games at shortstop, 73 games at second base, 57 games at third base and four games in left field.

Reinheimer was originally selected by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2013 Draft out of East Carolina University. He is a career .275 hitter (686-for-2,494) with a .704 OPS covering six minor league seasons. 

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Cubs trade LHP Drew Smyly to Texas, exercise 2019 club option on LHP Cole Hamels

The Chicago Cubs traded left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and a player to be named to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named on Friday. Additionally, the Cubs have exercised their 2019 club contract option on left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels.

Hamels, who turns 35 next month, was acquired by the Cubs from the Texas Rangers on July 27 as the headliner of a four-player trade. He went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (20 ER/76.1 IP) in 12 starts with the Cubs, the seventh-best ERA in the N.L. starting August 1. Hamels limited foes to a .226 batting average while striking out 74 batters and walking only 23 in 76.1 innings. 

The Chicago Cubs traded left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and a player to be named to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named on Friday. Additionally, the Cubs have exercised their 2019 club contract option on left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels.

Hamels, who turns 35 next month, was acquired by the Cubs from the Texas Rangers on July 27 as the headliner of a four-player trade. He went 4-3 with a 2.36 ERA (20 ER/76.1 IP) in 12 starts with the Cubs, the seventh-best ERA in the N.L. starting August 1. Hamels limited foes to a .226 batting average while striking out 74 batters and walking only 23 in 76.1 innings. 

The southpaw earned N.L. Pitcher of the Month honors for August after going 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA (3 ER/39.0 IP) in six starts, becoming the only lefty in the live-ball era to go at least 5.0 innings and allow no more than one run in each of his first six appearances for any team. 

Hamels is a four-time All-Star with a 156-114 record and 3.40 ERA (964 ER/2,553.0 IP) in 395 career appearances (394 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2006-15), Texas Rangers (2015-18) and Cubs (2018). The 2008 World Series and NLCS MVP is 7-6 with a 3.41 ERA (38 ER/100.1 IP) in 17 career post-season outings, including 16 starts. Hamels has one career solo no-hitter, tossed on July 25, 2015 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his final start as a member of the Phillies before being traded to the Rangers six days later.

The 6-foot-4 Hamels ranks seventh among active pitchers with 2,415 strikeouts, ninth with 156 wins, sixth with a 1.17 WHIP and 10th with a 3.40 ERA, which is fourth lowest among all active left-handed pitchers. Hamels is 36-17 (.679) with a 2.82 ERA (163 ER/521.0 IP) in 78 career starts against N.L. Central competition, his lowest ERA and best winning percentage against any of the six divisions throughout baseball. Hamels also boasts a career 1.65 ERA (15 ER/81.2 IP) in 12 starts at Wrigley Field.

Smyly, 29, signed a two-year contract with the Cubs last December 12 but did not pitch in the majors in 2018 as he rehabbed from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in June of 2017. The southpaw is 31-27 with two saves and a 3.74 ERA (237 ER/570.1 IP) in 156 major league appearances, 85 as a starter, covering all or part of five major league seasons with the Detroit Tigers (2012-14) and Tampa Bay Rays (2014-16).

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Cubs exercise contract option on RHP Pedro Strop

The Chicago Cubs today exercised their 2019 club contract option on right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop.

Strop, 33, went 6-1 with nine holds, 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA (15 ER/59.2 IP) in 60 relief outings with the Cubs last season, his sixth year with the organization since being acquired from Baltimore with righthander Jake Arrieta on July 2, 2013. Strop is the franchise's all-time leader with 114 holds while his 2.63 ERA ranks second among Cubs relievers all-time (minimum 100 games), trailing only Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter (2.39). Strop has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in each of his six seasons with the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs today exercised their 2019 club contract option on right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop.

Strop, 33, went 6-1 with nine holds, 13 saves and a 2.26 ERA (15 ER/59.2 IP) in 60 relief outings with the Cubs last season, his sixth year with the organization since being acquired from Baltimore with righthander Jake Arrieta on July 2, 2013. Strop is the franchise's all-time leader with 114 holds while his 2.63 ERA ranks second among Cubs relievers all-time (minimum 100 games), trailing only Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter (2.39). Strop has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in each of his six seasons with the Cubs.

Overall, Strop has gone 19-19 with 114 holds, 19 saves and a 2.63 ERA (97 ER/331.1 IP) in 331 career relief appearances with the Cubs. He has struck out 376 batters in 331.1 innings pitched, an average of 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings, while recording a 1.02 WHIP and holding opponents to a .181 batting average, .276 slugging percentage and a .548 OPS. Starting July 2, 2013, Strop leads all National League relievers in opponent batting average and slugging percentage while ranking second in opponent OPS.  

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