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Cubs, LHP Xavier Cedeño agree to 2019 contract

MESA - The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeño have agreed to terms on a 2019 non-guaranteed contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cedeño, 32, combined to go 2-0 with one save, 11 holds and a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP) in 48 relief appearances between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers last season. He was acquired by the Brewers on August 31 and allowed only one run in 8.0 innings covering 15 outings, good for 1.13 ERA. Cedeño combined to allow only one home run in 33.1 innings last year and limited all batters to a .210 batting average, including a .207 mark vs. left-handed hitters and a .212 mark vs. righthanders. 

MESA - The Chicago Cubs and left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeño have agreed to terms on a 2019 non-guaranteed contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Cedeño, 32, combined to go 2-0 with one save, 11 holds and a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP) in 48 relief appearances between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers last season. He was acquired by the Brewers on August 31 and allowed only one run in 8.0 innings covering 15 outings, good for 1.13 ERA. Cedeño combined to allow only one home run in 33.1 innings last year and limited all batters to a .210 batting average, including a .207 mark vs. left-handed hitters and a .212 mark vs. righthanders. 

The southpaw is a career 10-7 with 57 holds, three saves and a 3.69 ERA (72 ER/175.2 IP) in 249 relief appearances covering all or part of eight major league seasons with Houston (2011-13), Washington (2013-15), Tampa Bay (2015-17), the White Sox (2018) and Milwaukee (2018). He has averaged nearly a strikeout per inning by fanning 174 batters in 175.2 innings.

A native of Puerto Rico, Cedeño was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 31st round of the 2004 Draft.

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

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Cubs to have 2019 Mastercard presale February 19-20

Single-game tickets on sale February 22

The Chicago Cubs today announced details for purchasing single game tickets for the 2019 season. Single game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. CST, and will be available on www.cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Tickets will be delivered exclusively through the free MLB Ballpark app.

Fans may once again participate in the online Mastercard® Presale to secure tickets prior to the general on-sale. Beginning Tuesday, February 19, at noon CST, single game tickets will be available at www.cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a Mastercard.

The Chicago Cubs today announced details for purchasing single game tickets for the 2019 season. Single game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. CST, and will be available on www.cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Tickets will be delivered exclusively through the free MLB Ballpark app.

Fans may once again participate in the online Mastercard® Presale to secure tickets prior to the general on-sale. Beginning Tuesday, February 19, at noon CST, single game tickets will be available at www.cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a Mastercard.

"We are thrilled to welcome Cubs fans back to Wrigley Field for another exciting year of competitive baseball," said Colin Faulkner, Chicago Cubs senior vice president of sales and marketing. "In addition to the on-field action, fans will want to experience the new amenities and enhancements in and around the Friendly Confines, as well as collect must-have promotional items available throughout the season."

Tickets for each regular season home game are available for purchase during the Mastercard Presale and general on-sale, including the home opener vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kids Sundays, rivalry contests with the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, as well as Interleague matchups with rare visits by the Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners.

Fans can look forward to another schedule of more than 35 promotional items, including five fun bobbleheads that will show off players' personalities, several family-friendly giveaways on select Kids Sundays and other notable promotional items. This season, fans can take home promotional items such as a Replica Wrigley Field Statue, Cubs Hooded Pullover, Javier Báez Sliding Coin Bank and Cubs 1969 Replica Jersey along with classic caps, T-shirts and more. Additionally, there will be six Bud Fridays caps planned this season. Stay tuned for additional details on the local artists involved in creating the unique hats. The promotional schedule is available at www.cubs.com/promotions.

In 2019, fans will enjoy an enhanced gameday experience with the addition of the upper level concourse with new food and beverage options, seating in the right and left Terrace Level and a seat renumbering system, which will make the ballpark easier to navigate. Fans can learn more at www.wrigleyfield.com.

Details for each single game ticket purchasing option follow:

ONLINE MASTERCARD PRESALE:

The Cubs will once again offer the online Mastercard Presale beginning Tuesday, February 19, at noon CST through Wednesday, February 20, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Fans using a Mastercard can purchase single game tickets in advance of the general on-sale at a 15 percent premium, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. Mastercard Presale tickets may be purchased at www.cubs.com.

Restrictions apply. Visit www.cubs.com/MCPresale for full details. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. © 2019 Mastercard.

SINGLE GAME TICKET GENERAL ON-SALE:

Via the Internet: On Friday, February 22, fans can purchase tickets at www.cubs.com. A virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers at 9:30 a.m. CST. At 10 a.m. CST, customers will be randomly selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All internet customers will need a valid Cubs.com account. Customers are encouraged to register for an account prior to their desired presale or the on-sale.

By Telephone: Tickets can be purchased by telephone beginning Friday, February 22, at 10 a.m. CST by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

There is a four-ticket purchase limit for Diamond games per household, credit card or email address, and 14-ticket limit for all other games. There is a maximum of 40 total tickets per order. For more information, please contact the Chicago Cubs Ticket Office at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

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Chicago Cubs to launch Marquee Sports Network

New regional sports network will provide unprecedented access and exclusive, in-depth Cubs content

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the launch of Marquee Sports Network to provide increased access and around-the-clock coverage of the team. This new regional sports network will be the exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs beginning in 2020.

In addition to live game broadcasts, which will continue to feature broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies, Marquee Sports Network will provide extensive pregame and postgame coverage, unique Cubs content and other local sports programming.

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group today announced the launch of Marquee Sports Network to provide increased access and around-the-clock coverage of the team. This new regional sports network will be the exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs beginning in 2020.

In addition to live game broadcasts, which will continue to feature broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies, Marquee Sports Network will provide extensive pregame and postgame coverage, unique Cubs content and other local sports programming.

"We are excited to better serve our fans with expanded and exclusive programming showcasing our remarkable players, beloved ballpark and storied past," said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. "Our dedicated 'Cubs-centric' network will carry all available Cubs games and feature uncompromising, in-depth and behind-the-scenes coverage."

Given its deep relationships with distributors and affiliations with all the major networks, Sinclair Broadcast Group is well-positioned to help ensure the success of Marquee Sports Network.

"This partnership brings together one of the most iconic sports franchises in the country with one of the largest television broadcasting companies," commented Sinclair's President and CEO Chris Ripley. "It is hard to imagine any content that is more unique and valuable than the live sports entertainment the Cubs have been delivering to their fans for more than a century. Sinclair's strength in production, distribution and local sales will support bringing more content to more viewers, all while leveraging the latest technology."

The creation of this network further demonstrates the Ricketts family's long-standing commitment to provide an enhanced experience for Cubs fans.

"From preserving and enhancing Wrigley Field, to building Sloan Park and Gallagher Way, to expanding in-game programming and increasing our social media engagement, our fans are at the heart of everything we do," said Kenney. "It's time we deliver the comprehensive coverage and rich content they desire."

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Cubs, RHP Brad Brach agree to 2019 contract

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Brad Brach have agreed to terms on a 2019 contract with a club/player option for the 2020 campaign. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brach, 32, combined to go 2-4 with 12 saves, 11 holds and a 3.59 ERA (25 ER/62.2 IP) in 69 relief appearances between Baltimore and Atlanta last season. He was acquired by the Braves at last year's Trade Deadline and posted a 1.52 ERA (4 ER/23.2 IP) in 27 outings to help the club to the NL East division title. 

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Brad Brach have agreed to terms on a 2019 contract with a club/player option for the 2020 campaign. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Brach, 32, combined to go 2-4 with 12 saves, 11 holds and a 3.59 ERA (25 ER/62.2 IP) in 69 relief appearances between Baltimore and Atlanta last season. He was acquired by the Braves at last year's Trade Deadline and posted a 1.52 ERA (4 ER/23.2 IP) in 27 outings to help the club to the NL East division title. 

A 2016 AL All-Star with Baltimore, Brach is a career 31-23 with 33 saves, 83 holds and a 3.08 ERA (156 ER/456.0 IP) in 424 relief appearances covering all or part of eight Major League seasons with San Diego (2011-13), Baltimore (2014-18) and Atlanta (2018). He has posted a sub-3.78 ERA in each of his seven seasons with at least 30 outings and has surpassed 60 outings in five of the last seven campaigns. Brach has averaged 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings while posting a 1.27 WHIP in his big league career.

Brach broke into the big leagues with San Diego in 2011, was acquired by Baltimore on November 25, 2013 and went 7-1 with a 3.18 ERA (22 ER/62.1 IP) in 46 appearances in 2014. He posted a 2.72 ERA (24 ER/79.1 IP) in 62 relief outings in 2015 leading into his All-Star campaign a season later, when Brach went 10-4 with 24 holds and a 2.05 ERA (18 ER/79.0 IP) in a career high 71 outings in 2016. Brach set a career high with 18 saves in 2017 before joining Atlanta on July 30, 2018 and advancing to the postseason for the third time in his career.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Brach was originally selected by the Padres in the 42nd round of the 2008 Draft out of Monmouth University. He is a native of Freehold, N.J.

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

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Runners to lace up for the 14th annual Race to Wrigley Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy

April 27 race to feature special edition finisher's medal, performance race shirt and post-race photo

Cubs Charities will host the 14th Annual Race to Wrigley 5K Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy Saturday, April 27. Registration for the race is open now through Wednesday, April 24, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. To register, runners can visit www.racetowrigley.com.  

The Race to Wrigley 5K begins at 8 a.m. CDT. Runners will race through the Lakeview neighborhood before entering the Wrigley Field concourse and crossing the finish line just steps away from the Wrigley Field Marquee. The ballpark route features historic memorabilia and the opportunity to run through the Friendly Confines. 

Cubs Charities will host the 14th Annual Race to Wrigley 5K Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy Saturday, April 27. Registration for the race is open now through Wednesday, April 24, at 11:59 p.m. CDT. To register, runners can visit www.racetowrigley.com.  

The Race to Wrigley 5K begins at 8 a.m. CDT. Runners will race through the Lakeview neighborhood before entering the Wrigley Field concourse and crossing the finish line just steps away from the Wrigley Field Marquee. The ballpark route features historic memorabilia and the opportunity to run through the Friendly Confines. 

Runners will receive a 2019 special edition finisher's medal, a Cubs performance race shirt and a complimentary post-race photo. Participants also will receive an ATI Physical Therapy drawstring bag and one beverage (Budweiser or Bud Light) courtesy of Anheuser-Busch.

Proceeds from the race will benefit Cubs Charities' Diamond Project, which aims to expand baseball and softball opportunities for all Chicago children and youth by engaging kids with skilled coaches, delivering quality programming and providing safe and accessible places to play the game. 

Cubs Charities will donate proceeds from all personal fundraising to support Advocate Health Care's pediatric cancer programs. The top fundraising team and top overall fundraiser will receive tickets and special recognition during a pregame ceremony at a Cubs home game to be determined in the 2019 season. The first 50 fundraisers to raise a minimum of $500 will receive a baseball autographed by a current Cubs player.

ATI Physical Therapy, the Official Physical Therapy Provider of the Chicago Cubs, will once again have a post-race recovery tent and lead the group in a pre-race stretch.

The registration fee for the 5K run is $39 and $25 for the Youth 5K. Registration prices will increase closer to race day. Registrants will receive details about packet pickup closer to the event.

For more information about the race, please visit www.racetowrigley.com.   

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Cubs invite 27 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training

The Chicago Cubs have invited the following 27 non-roster players to major league spring training, which begins Wednesday, February 13 when pitchers and catchers have their first formal workout at the club's Under Armour Performance Center in Mesa, Ariz. The team's first full squad workout will take place Monday, February 18.

The following 14 pitchers have been invited to major league camp: right-handed pitchers Christian Bergman, Craig Brooks, Matt Carasiti, George Kontos, Dakota Mekkes, Carlos Ramirez, Colin Rea, Duncan Robinson, Rob Scahill, Junichi Tazawa and Allen Webster as well as left-handed pitchers Alberto Baldonado, Ian Clarkin and Mike Zagurski

The Chicago Cubs have invited the following 27 non-roster players to major league spring training, which begins Wednesday, February 13 when pitchers and catchers have their first formal workout at the club's Under Armour Performance Center in Mesa, Ariz. The team's first full squad workout will take place Monday, February 18.

The following 14 pitchers have been invited to major league camp: right-handed pitchers Christian Bergman, Craig Brooks, Matt Carasiti, George Kontos, Dakota Mekkes, Carlos Ramirez, Colin Rea, Duncan Robinson, Rob Scahill, Junichi Tazawa and Allen Webster as well as left-handed pitchers Alberto Baldonado, Ian Clarkin and Mike Zagurski

Five infielders have been invited to major league camp: Cristhian Adames, Ryan Court, Phillip Evans, Trent Giambrone and Zack Short

Five outfielders have been invited to big league camp: Jim Adduci, Charcer Burks, Johnny Field, Jacob Hannemann and Evan Marzilli

Three catchers have been invited to big league camp: Francisco Arcia, P.J. Higgins and Ian Rice.

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Cubs announce 2019 regular season television broadcast schedule

On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs announced their 2019 regular season television schedule featuring broadcasts from NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV and WLS-TV/ABC 7.  

WGN-TV will televise the club's season opener on Thursday, March 28 at Texas at 3:05 p.m. CT. NBC Sports Chicago's first broadcast is on Saturday, March 30 at Texas at 7:05 p.m. CT while WLS-TV/ABC 7 has its first broadcast, the Wrigley Field home opener, on Monday, April 8 vs. Pittsburgh at 1:20 p.m. CT. 

On Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs announced their 2019 regular season television schedule featuring broadcasts from NBC Sports Chicago, WGN-TV and WLS-TV/ABC 7.  

WGN-TV will televise the club's season opener on Thursday, March 28 at Texas at 3:05 p.m. CT. NBC Sports Chicago's first broadcast is on Saturday, March 30 at Texas at 7:05 p.m. CT while WLS-TV/ABC 7 has its first broadcast, the Wrigley Field home opener, on Monday, April 8 vs. Pittsburgh at 1:20 p.m. CT. 

In 2019, NBC Sports Chicago will televise as many as 83 Cubs games, WGN-TV will broadcast 45 games and WLS-TV/ABC 7 has 25 games.

Cubs games have been on WGN since 1948, with this year marking the station's 72nd season televising Cubs baseball. This will be NBC Sports Chicago's 15th season televising the Cubs and the fifth for WLS-TV/ABC 7. 

In addition, all 162 games will be available on radio via 670 The Score as the station enters its fourth season as the official Cubs Radio Network. 

Len Kasper returns for his 15th season in the Cubs' television booth and will be joined by Jim Deshaies for their seventh season together broadcasting Cubs baseball. 

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Cubs announce 2019 Spring broadcast schedule

Nearly every Chicago Cubs Spring Training game will be available to Cubs fans via television, radio or internet radio broadcast as the club announced its 2019 Spring Training broadcast schedule on Tuesday.

In total, a Cubs game will be available every game day of the spring schedule via one or more broadcast mediums, and 32 of the 34 games are scheduled to be available to Cubs fans overall.

Nearly every Chicago Cubs Spring Training game will be available to Cubs fans via television, radio or internet radio broadcast as the club announced its 2019 Spring Training broadcast schedule on Tuesday.

In total, a Cubs game will be available every game day of the spring schedule via one or more broadcast mediums, and 32 of the 34 games are scheduled to be available to Cubs fans overall.

The schedule features six games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (four by WGN-TV and two by NBC Sports Chicago), 10 on the 670 The Score Cubs Radio Network and 22 via internet radio broadcast on www.cubs.com. Fans will be able to access the Cubs Webcasts on Cubs.com and MLB.com for free by registering for a log-in account with the website.

670 The Score will air its first game on Saturday, February 23, the club's season opener at Sloan Park, when the Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer return as the radio voices of the Chicago Cubs. WGN-TV will televise its first game when the Cubs host the Brewers on March 2. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies return to call all Cubs TV games. NBC Sports Chicago's first game will occur on March 17, when the Cubs host the Colorado Rockies. 

Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Chicago's Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the cubs.com 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 9 before moving to two hours ahead on Sunday, March 10.

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Cubs, RHP Tony Barnette agree to 2019 contract

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Tony Barnette have agreed to terms on a 2019 contract with a club option for the 2020 campaign. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  
 

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Tony Barnette have agreed to terms on a 2019 contract with a club option for the 2020 campaign. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  
 

Additionally, left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Barnette, 35, went 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA (7 ER/26.1 IP) in 22 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last season. He struck out approximately one batter per inning (26 strikeouts in 26.1 innings pitched) while posting a 0.91 WHIP thanks in part to issuing only five walks in 26.1 innings. Barnette limited foes to a .196 (19-for-97) batting average, including a .167 (5-for-30) mark by lefties and a .209 (14-for-67) mark by righties. His season came to an end in early July due to a right shoulder strain.

Overall, Barnette is 11-4 with a 3.50 ERA (56 ER/144.0 IP) in 125 career major league relief appearances covering the last three seasons with Texas (2016-18).

Barnette was originally selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2006 Draft out of Arizona State University. He pitched in Arizona's minor league system for four seasons before joining the Yakult Swallows in 2010, for whom he pitched for six seasons. Barnette made 260 relief appearances during his time with the Swallows and tallied 41 saves and a 1.29 ERA in his final season in Japan in 2015, leading to signing a two-year contract with Texas prior to the 2016 campaign.

The righthander was born in Anchorage, Alaska and attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Washington. No player born in the state of Alaska has ever appeared in a game for the Cubs.

Clarkin, 23, was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on January 16. The White Sox had claimed Clarkin off waivers from the Cubs on November 26, 2018 after the Cubs had originally claimed him from the White Sox on November 20.

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

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Cubs name Adam Beard Director of High Performance

The Chicago Cubs named Adam Beard as Director of High Performance on Tuesday.

Beard joins the Cubs after spending the last four years in the same role with the Cleveland Browns in which he was the first to serve in this position within the National Football League. In this newly created role, Beard will bring his more than 20 years of industry experience to be responsible for overseeing the integration and management of a collaborative approach to all aspects of training, conditioning, mental skills, nutrition, sport science and beyond.  

The Chicago Cubs named Adam Beard as Director of High Performance on Tuesday.

Beard joins the Cubs after spending the last four years in the same role with the Cleveland Browns in which he was the first to serve in this position within the National Football League. In this newly created role, Beard will bring his more than 20 years of industry experience to be responsible for overseeing the integration and management of a collaborative approach to all aspects of training, conditioning, mental skills, nutrition, sport science and beyond.  

Beard's most recent stop prior to the Browns was a stint with the Welsh Rugby Union as Head of Physical Performance from 2009-15. 

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Cubs claim LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from White Sox

The Chicago Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin on Wednesday off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox had claimed Clarkin off waivers from the Cubs on November 26, 2018 after the Cubs had originally claimed him from the White Sox on November 20.

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 18, 2017.

The Chicago Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin on Wednesday off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox had claimed Clarkin off waivers from the Cubs on November 26, 2018 after the Cubs had originally claimed him from the White Sox on November 20.

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 18, 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.

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

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Pat Hughes named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year

Chicago Cubs Radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2018 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to three special co-workers," said Hughes. "The Operations Director of 670 The Score, Mitch Rosen, also the Executive Producer of Cubs Radio. And, to my two very talented and congenial booth partners, Ron Coomer and Zach Zaidman. Those three men have a great deal to do with this award."

Chicago Cubs Radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2018 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to three special co-workers," said Hughes. "The Operations Director of 670 The Score, Mitch Rosen, also the Executive Producer of Cubs Radio. And, to my two very talented and congenial booth partners, Ron Coomer and Zach Zaidman. Those three men have a great deal to do with this award."

This is Hughes' 12th Sportscaster of the Year honor and his ninth in Illinois, having previously won the award in 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Hughes was honored as the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year three consecutive years ending in 1992.

Pat is entering his 24th season as the Radio Voice of the Cubs, and his sixth year with Coomer. The 2019 season marks his 37th consecutive season as a Big League broadcaster. 

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Cubs name Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives, Baseball Operations

The Chicago Cubs have named Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations.

Breslow, 38, recently completed a 12-year major league pitching career that saw him make 576 appearances, all but two in relief, with seven different clubs, including a 2013 World Championship with the Boston Red Sox. He is a 2002 graduate of Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

The Chicago Cubs have named Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations.

Breslow, 38, recently completed a 12-year major league pitching career that saw him make 576 appearances, all but two in relief, with seven different clubs, including a 2013 World Championship with the Boston Red Sox. He is a 2002 graduate of Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

In his role with the Cubs, Breslow will help to evaluate and implement data-based processes throughout all facets of Baseball Operations. He will also support the organization's pitching infrastructure in Player Development and the major leagues. 

Breslow is a native of New Haven, Conn. and was originally selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2002 Draft, making his big league debut three years later with the Padres. In addition to San Diego (2005), Breslow pitched for Boston (2006, 2012-15), Cleveland (2008, 2017), Minnesota (2008-09, 2017), Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012) and Miami (2016), reaching 60 appearances six times and posting a career year with Boston in its World Series season of 2013 (5-2, 1.81 ERA, 61 outings).  

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Cubs announce 2019 Minor League managers and staff

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league managers and coaching staffs for the 2019 season. Four managers return to their same teams as last season while all nine managers were in Chicago's organization last year. A detailed list of each club's managers and coaching staffs are included on the following page, and more information on returning members of the organization may be found on pages 198-222 of the Chicago Cubs 2018 Media Guide.

Marty Pevey returns for his 11th season in the organization and his seventh as manager for Triple-A Iowa and brings with over 30 years of professional experience, beginning with 13 years as a player. He was named the 2009 Midwest League co-Manager of the Year with Single-A Peoria.

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league managers and coaching staffs for the 2019 season. Four managers return to their same teams as last season while all nine managers were in Chicago's organization last year. A detailed list of each club's managers and coaching staffs are included on the following page, and more information on returning members of the organization may be found on pages 198-222 of the Chicago Cubs 2018 Media Guide.

Marty Pevey returns for his 11th season in the organization and his seventh as manager for Triple-A Iowa and brings with over 30 years of professional experience, beginning with 13 years as a player. He was named the 2009 Midwest League co-Manager of the Year with Single-A Peoria.

Mark Johnson begins his fourth season as Double-A Tennessee's manager, and his ninth in the organization. Johnson's clubs have reached the postseason in four of his first eight minor league managerial campaigns, including a Midwest League title with Single-A Kane County in 2014 and a Mills Cup Championship with Single-A Myrtle Beach in 2015.

Jimmy Gonzalez takes the helm of Single-A Myrtle Beach following four seasons managing Single-A South Bend. The 2016 Midwest League Manager of the Year with South Bend, Gonzalez was Rookie League Mesa's manager in 2014 following a season as the club's hitting coach.

Buddy Bailey begins his first season as manager at Single-A South Bend following three campaigns as manager for Myrtle Beach. He enters his 31st season as a minor league manager with 2,064 regular season victories, and in 2017 became just the 11th minor league manager to reach the 2,000-win plateau. 

Steven Lerud starts his second season as manager for Single-A Eugene after guiding the Emeralds to the 2018 Northwest League Championship in his first career managerial or coaching stint. He played 13 minor league seasons from 2004-16 and appeared in nine major league games with the Phillies in 2012-13.

Carmelo Martinez is in his 22nd season in the Cubs organization, and returns to manage Rookie League Mesa for the fifth-straight year. The team has reached the Arizona League playoffs each of the last four seasons. Martinez is a former outfielder/first baseman who played in the majors from 1983-91, seeing action with the Cubs in 1983.

Lance Rymel is the manager of the club's second Rookie League Mesa team after two seasons managing the organization's Dominican Summer League club. He began his coaching career in 2016 as Mesa's rehab coach following a three-year minor league playing career as a catcher in the Cubs chain from 2012-14.

Leo Perez takes over as manager for the first of Chicago's two Dominican Summer League teams, and is in his 11th season in the organization. He served as a coach in Mesa each of the previous two seasons and was a coach with Iowa in 2016. He played in the Cubs farm system from 2003-08.

Carlos Ramirez will manage the second Dominican Summer League team and is in his fourth season with the organization. He was a coach for the Dominican League club the previous three years following three seasons as a catcher in the system from 2012-14.  

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Cubs announce 2019 Minor League coordinators

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league coordinators for the 2019 season.

Jeremy Farrell begins his first year as the organization's minor league field coordinator and his fourth as a coach with the organization. He last season was the minor league infield coordinator following two seasons as a hitting coach, first with Rookie League Mesa in 2016 and then with Single-A South Bend in 2017. Farrell enjoyed a seven-year minor league playing career as an infielder in the Pirates (2008-12) and White Sox (2013-15) farm systems. His brother, Shane, is a regional supervisor in the amateur scouting department.

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league coordinators for the 2019 season.

Jeremy Farrell begins his first year as the organization's minor league field coordinator and his fourth as a coach with the organization. He last season was the minor league infield coordinator following two seasons as a hitting coach, first with Rookie League Mesa in 2016 and then with Single-A South Bend in 2017. Farrell enjoyed a seven-year minor league playing career as an infielder in the Pirates (2008-12) and White Sox (2013-15) farm systems. His brother, Shane, is a regional supervisor in the amateur scouting department.

Brendan Sagara returns for his second season as minor league pitching coordinator. He was a coach or coordinator in the Marlins system for six seasons from 2012-17, and has served as a pitching coach or coordinator for 18 seasons with various teams, beginning with the Dubois County Dragons of the Frontier League in 2001. A native of Hawaii, he attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Chris Valaika begins his first season as minor league hitting coordinator after serving as Triple-A Iowa's assistant hitting coach in 2018. Now in his third year as a coach or coordinator in the Cubs system, Valaika had a 10-year playing career, including parts of four seasons in the majors with the Reds (2010-11), Marlins (2013) and the Cubs (2014). Valaika was selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2006 Draft out of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jonathan Mota starts his first year as minor league infield coordinator, and his fourth season as a coach or coordinator with the organization. He last year managed the Rookie League Mesa 2 squad following coaching duties with Single-A South Bend in 2017. Mota played in the Cubs system from 2004-15 after he was originally signed by the club in August of 2003.

Doug Dascenzo is in his fifth year as the organization's minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator, bringing with 20 years of coaching experience. He played parts of seven seasons in the majors, including five with the Cubs (1988-92). He coached in the Padres system from 1999-2011, including six seasons as a minor league manager, before coaching in the Braves system from 2012-14, including third base coach for the big league team in 2014.

Dave Keller begins his 16th year in the organization and his fifth as minor league Latin America field coordinator. He brings with 34 years of minor league coaching and managerial experience, and managed three clubs to championship series appearances, including a Florida State League title with Single-A Daytona in 2013. The former first baseman played in the Reds chain for three seasons (1982-84) after Cincinnati selected him in the 28th round of the 1982 Draft.

Mike Mason is in his 12th year in the system and his sixth as minor league assistant pitching coordinator, bringing with over 25 years of coaching experience. He served as Triple-A Iowa's pitching coach from 2008-13 after serving four seasons as the Royals minor league pitching coordinator from 2004-07. Mason played seven major league seasons with Texas (1982-87), the Cubs (1987) and Minnesota (1988), posting a 29-39 record with a 4.53 ERA.

Carlos Chantres begins his first year with the organization as minor league assistant pitching coordinator and his 14th as a coach, coordinator or special assistant. He spent the past two years with Atlanta, including as a special assistant to player development in 2018, after stints coaching in the Tigers (2015) and Mariners (2016) chains. Chantres spent nine seasons coaching in the Yankees system (2006-14) after 12 minor league seasons (1994-2005) pitching with the 
White Sox (1994-2000), Brewers (2001), Devil Rays (2002) and Phillies (2004-05) organizations.

Tom Beyers starts his 20th season in the Cubs organization and his fifth as assistant hitting coordinator. He joined Chicago in 2000 following 21 seasons in the Dodgers minor league system as a player, coach and manager. Beyers managed nine seasons in both the Dodgers and Cubs chains, and he led Single-A Boise to a Northwest League title in 2004. Beyers, a former outfielder, was selected by the Dodgers in the 15th round of the 1979 Draft.

Chuck Baughman enters his 19th year with the Cubs and his second as the head minor league athletic training coordinator. He was assistant athletic training coordinator from 2014-17 following eight years as a rehabilitation coordinator. His career in professional baseball began in 1999 when he an athletic training in Cincinnati's organization.

Doug Jarrow is in his 12th season as Chicago's minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. He worked in the Dodgers system from 2003-07, including 2006-07 as the major league strength coach. Jarrow began his career as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with Tampa Bay in 1998 and Pittsburgh in 1999.

Jon Fierro is in his eighth year with the organization and his second as the club's rehab coordinator. From 2012-17 he was an athletic trainer in the system, including 2017 with Triple-A Iowa.

Ron Villone starts his eighth season as a coach in the Cubs organization, returning as the team's minor league rehab pitching coordinator for the fourth season. He served as a pitching coach at various levels from 2012-15. A left-handed pitcher, he played in 15 major league seasons from 1995-2009, going 61-65 with eight saves and a 4.73 ERA.

Josh Lifrak is in his fifth season as the organization's director, mental skills program following 10 years as the Senior Mental Conditioning Consultant for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 and earned his Masters of Science, Exercise Science in 2005 from Ithaca College.

David Da Silva starts his second year as coordinator, mental skills after nine years as a mental conditioning consultant for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New Hampshire College/Southern New Hampshire University in 2000 and earned a Master of Science in Movement Science from Barry University in 2003.

Ray Fuentes begins his seventh season in the organization, and his fifth as Latin coordinator, mental skills program. He graduated from Barry University in 2002 with a degree in Exceptional Student Education.

John Baker is in his fourth season as a mental skills coordinator after joining the Cubs front office in November of 2015 as a baseball operations assistant. He played seven major league seasons with Florida (2008-11), San Diego (2012-13) and the Cubs (2014).

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