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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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Cubs claim of Johnny Field off waivers from Minnesota

The Chicago Cubs today claimed outfielder Johnny Field off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The club's 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.

Field, 26, made his major league debut in 2018 and saw action in 83 games with the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins, batting .222 (49-for-221) with 13 doubles, nine home runs and 21 RBI. The right-handed batter and thrower played in 34 games in left field, 32 games in right field and 15 games in center field. Field also played in 25 games at the Triple-A level last year, batting .258 (23-for-89) with a .340 on-base percentage.  

The Chicago Cubs today claimed outfielder Johnny Field off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The club's 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.

Field, 26, made his major league debut in 2018 and saw action in 83 games with the Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins, batting .222 (49-for-221) with 13 doubles, nine home runs and 21 RBI. The right-handed batter and thrower played in 34 games in left field, 32 games in right field and 15 games in center field. Field also played in 25 games at the Triple-A level last year, batting .258 (23-for-89) with a .340 on-base percentage.  

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Field was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the fifth round of the 2013 Draft out of the University of Arizona. He is a career .270 hitter (572-for-2,121) with a .771 OPS covering six minor league seasons.  

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2019 Cubs Convention weekend passes go on sale tomorrow at noon

Mastercard® presale available starting at 10 a.m.

Individual weekend passes for the 34th Annual Cubs Convention will go on sale to the general public Friday, November 2, at noon CDT. The 2019 Cubs Convention will feature players, coaches and alumni for a weekend of autograph opportunities, engaging panel sessions, traditional fan-favorite activities and much more. 

As the preferred payment of the Chicago Cubs, fans using a Mastercard can participate in an exclusive Mastercard Presale starting at 10 a.m. CDT in advance of the general on-sale. A limited number of passes are available for purchase through the Mastercard Presale. 

Individual weekend passes for the 34th Annual Cubs Convention will go on sale to the general public Friday, November 2, at noon CDT. The 2019 Cubs Convention will feature players, coaches and alumni for a weekend of autograph opportunities, engaging panel sessions, traditional fan-favorite activities and much more. 

As the preferred payment of the Chicago Cubs, fans using a Mastercard can participate in an exclusive Mastercard Presale starting at 10 a.m. CDT in advance of the general on-sale. A limited number of passes are available for purchase through the Mastercard Presale. 

Each weekend pass is $125 plus convenience fees and is valid for all three days, January 18-20, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. A limit of four passes may be purchased per household. Passes will be available for purchase by visiting www.cubs.com/convention or calling 800-THE-CUBS. 

A portion of the proceeds from Cubs Convention benefits Cubs Charities. To date, Cubs Convention has raised more than $4 million for Cubs Charities.
 

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Cubs exercise contract option on Quintana, claim Vasto off waivers from Royals

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today exercised their 2019 club contract option on left-handed pitcher José Quintana and claimed left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

Quintana, who turns 30 in January, went 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA (78 ER/174.1 IP) in 32 starts in his first full season with the Cubs last year. He reached 32 starts for the sixth season in a row and matched his career high in wins. Acquired from the White Sox on July 13, 2017, Quintana has gone 20-14 with a 3.93 ERA (113 ER/258.2 IP) in 46 starts with the Cubs overall and is one of only four southpaws in all of baseball to reach 20 wins since the 2017 All-Star Break, joining teammate Jon Lester (26 wins), Tampa Bay's Ian Snell (26 wins) and New York's J.A. Happ (24 wins).

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today exercised their 2019 club contract option on left-handed pitcher José Quintana and claimed left-handed pitcher Jerry Vasto off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

Quintana, who turns 30 in January, went 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA (78 ER/174.1 IP) in 32 starts in his first full season with the Cubs last year. He reached 32 starts for the sixth season in a row and matched his career high in wins. Acquired from the White Sox on July 13, 2017, Quintana has gone 20-14 with a 3.93 ERA (113 ER/258.2 IP) in 46 starts with the Cubs overall and is one of only four southpaws in all of baseball to reach 20 wins since the 2017 All-Star Break, joining teammate Jon Lester (26 wins), Tampa Bay's Ian Snell (26 wins) and New York's J.A. Happ (24 wins).

The southpaw was a 2016 All-Star with the White Sox and is 70-68 with a 3.60 ERA (525 ER/1,314.0 IP) in 218 major league appearances, all but three as a starter, covering his seven major league campaigns with the White Sox (2012-17) and Cubs (2017-18).

Vasto, 26, is 12-12 with 26 saves and a 3.79 ERA (87 ER/206.2 IP) in 180 minor league relief appearances covering five minor league seasons in the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals organizations. He made his major league debut in 2018 and pitched in the majors with both clubs, combining to go 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA (4 ER/4.1 IP) in six relief outings, including a 2.45 ERA (1 ER/3.2 IP) in five outings with the Royals in September. Vasto went 3-1 with three saves and a 3.08 ERA (13 ER/38.0 IP) in 38 Triple-A relief appearances last season.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Vasto was originally selected by the Rockies in the 24th Round of the 2014 Draft. He was traded by the Rockies to the Royals for catcher Drew Butera on August 31, 2018.

Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 35 players.

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Cubs extend PDC agreements with all affiliates

Extensions keep affiliates associated with organization through 2022 campaign

CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs today announced the organization has agreed on two-year Player Development Contract extensions with Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee, Single-A Myrtle Beach and Single-A South Bend through the 2022 season. Single-A Eugene signed a four-year extension through 2022, announced this past August.

"We could not be happier to extend our five affiliates through at least the next four seasons. The clubs have been wonderful partners for our players both on the field and in their respective communities," said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development. "Continuing these relationships with our affiliates is a testament to each club's leadership, first-class staff and facilities and loyal fan bases."

CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs today announced the organization has agreed on two-year Player Development Contract extensions with Triple-A Iowa, Double-A Tennessee, Single-A Myrtle Beach and Single-A South Bend through the 2022 season. Single-A Eugene signed a four-year extension through 2022, announced this past August.

"We could not be happier to extend our five affiliates through at least the next four seasons. The clubs have been wonderful partners for our players both on the field and in their respective communities," said Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President, Scouting and Player Development. "Continuing these relationships with our affiliates is a testament to each club's leadership, first-class staff and facilities and loyal fan bases."

Prior to these extensions, Eugene had been signed through 2018 while Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend had already been extended through the 2020 campaign.

The affiliation between the Cubs and Iowa began in 1981, and this extension guarantees at least 42 years of partnership between the two organizations. Of the 160 teams in Minor League Baseball, this is the ninth-longest current affiliate relationship between a major league team and a minor league club.

The Cubs first worked with the Tennessee ball club in 2007. Myrtle Beach, South Bend and Eugene joined the organization beginning in 2015. At least one Cubs minor league team has won a league championship in each of the last six seasons beginning in 2013, including Myrtle Beach in both 2015-16, Eugene in both 2016 and 2018 and the Arizona League Cubs in 2017.

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Cubs name Anthony Iapoce Majoe League hitting coach

The Chicago Cubs have named Anthony Iapoce as major league hitting coach, replacing Chili Davis. An announcement on the entire 2019 Cubs coaching staff will come at a later date.   

Iapoce, 45, was the major league hitting coach for the Texas Rangers for the last three seasons after spending the previous three years in the Cubs organization, guiding the development of many members of today's major league club as a Special Assistant to the GM while overseeing the club's minor league hitting program from 2013-15. During Iapoce's three years in Texas, the Rangers ranked fifth in the American League in runs and fourth in home runs in that span. The 2017 Rangers became the first team in big league history to see nine players reach 17 homers in the same season.

The Chicago Cubs have named Anthony Iapoce as major league hitting coach, replacing Chili Davis. An announcement on the entire 2019 Cubs coaching staff will come at a later date.   

Iapoce, 45, was the major league hitting coach for the Texas Rangers for the last three seasons after spending the previous three years in the Cubs organization, guiding the development of many members of today's major league club as a Special Assistant to the GM while overseeing the club's minor league hitting program from 2013-15. During Iapoce's three years in Texas, the Rangers ranked fifth in the American League in runs and fourth in home runs in that span. The 2017 Rangers became the first team in big league history to see nine players reach 17 homers in the same season.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Iapoce spent the previous three seasons as the roving hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays (2010-12). Iapoce also served as the hitting coach for the Marlins Single-A Jupiter affiliate for two seasons from 2008-09.

A former outfielder, Iapoce played 11 seasons in the minor leagues in the Brewers and Marlins organizations, as well as independent ball, after being selected by Milwaukee in the 33rd round of the 1994 Draft. He reached the Triple-A level four different times and was a career .273 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage in 845 professional games.

Davis was Chicago's major league hitting coach for the 2018 campaign after serving as hitting coach in Oakland (2012-14) and Boston (2015-17).

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Chicago Cubs set NL Wild Card Game roster

The Chicago Cubs have set their 25-man roster in advance of their National League Wild Card Game tonight against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. 

Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs Wild Card Game roster:
 
PITCHERS (11)
24-Alec Mills, RHP
28-Kyle Hendricks, RHP
29-Jorge De La Rosa, LHP
34-Jon Lester, LHP
35-Cole Hamels, LHP
37-Justin Wilson, LHP
38-Mike Montgomery, LHP
41-Steve Cishek, RHP
43-Jesse Chavez, RHP
46-Pedro Strop, RHP
47-Randy Rosario, LHP

The Chicago Cubs have set their 25-man roster in advance of their National League Wild Card Game tonight against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field. 

Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs Wild Card Game roster:
 
PITCHERS (11)
24-Alec Mills, RHP
28-Kyle Hendricks, RHP
29-Jorge De La Rosa, LHP
34-Jon Lester, LHP
35-Cole Hamels, LHP
37-Justin Wilson, LHP
38-Mike Montgomery, LHP
41-Steve Cishek, RHP
43-Jesse Chavez, RHP
46-Pedro Strop, RHP
47-Randy Rosario, LHP

POSITION PLAYERS (14)
1-Terrance Gore, OF
2-Tommy La Stella, INF
3-Daniel Murphy, INF
5-Albert Almora Jr., OF
7-Victor Caratini, C
8-Ian Happ, OF
9-Javier Baez, INF
12-Kyle Schwarber, OF
13-David Bote, INF
17-Kris Bryant, INF
18-Ben Zobrist, INF
22-Jason Heyward, OF
40-Willson Contreras, C
44-Anthony Rizzo, INF

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Chicago Cubs announce details for NL Central division tiebreaker game ticket purchase opportunity

Fans can purchase tickets to Monday's tiebreaker game starting online at 7:30 p.m. CDT Sunday night

The Chicago Cubs today announced ticket purchase opportunity details for Monday's tiebreaker game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field to determine the National League Central Division title. The game is scheduled to be played at 12:05 p.m. CDT. Wrigley Field gates are scheduled to open approximately two hours prior to first pitch.

Tickets for the tiebreaker game go on sale Sunday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. CDT, and will be available online at www.cubs.com/singlegametickets.

The Chicago Cubs today announced ticket purchase opportunity details for Monday's tiebreaker game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field to determine the National League Central Division title. The game is scheduled to be played at 12:05 p.m. CDT. Wrigley Field gates are scheduled to open approximately two hours prior to first pitch.

Tickets for the tiebreaker game go on sale Sunday, September 30, at 7:30 p.m. CDT, and will be available online at www.cubs.com/singlegametickets.

The Cubs will offer an in-person purchase opportunity beginning at 8 a.m. CDT tomorrow, October 1, at the Wrigley Field Ticket Office located on Clark Street, just north of the Marquee. Fans also can purchase tickets for the game by telephone beginning at 8:30 a.m. CDT tomorrow, October 1, by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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