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62 players are at MLB Spring Training 

40 players are on the MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full) 
22 players are MLB Spring Training NON-ROSTER INVITEES (NRI) 

Last updated 2-27-2024
 
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PITCHERS: 21
Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

NRI PITCHERS: 11 
Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

NRI CATCHERS: 5  
Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

INFIELDERS: 9
* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

NRI INFIELDERS: 4 
David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

OUTFIELDERS: 8
Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

NRI OUTFIELDERS: 2 
* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta
 



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HERO

I never thought Ernie Banks passing would affect me like this. I'm not the type to be openly weeping but I am. Listening to the radio and hearing story after story of people that wanted to share their personal stories of meeting Ernie and the uplifting impact he had on everyone he touched. We are all little kids somewhere inside and Ernie was magic when it came to Cub fans. He was Chicago's treasure from the 1950's to the present. After his career, he became one of the greatest baseball Ambassadors, leading to him receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Mr. Cub was a wonderful ballplayer and a two time MVP shortstop. He was a hitter who had that amazing batting stance and power that came from his wrists.  Ernie was only the 7th player to hit 500 homers. He is one of the few that was a Cub his entire 19 season career which is itself a rarity. Of course, the Wrigley management was a part of that. Arizona Phil, in one of my favorite TCR posts ever (from 1-31-10) tells of several inflection points where the Cubs could have moved him, particularly when Leo Durocher was managing.

Leo also desperately wanted to get rid of Ernie Banks, but Phil Wrigley would NEVER agree to trade Ern. That was the one thing that Leo wanted that he couldn’t get. He could not get rid of Ernie Banks. Leo could not stand Ernie’s cheerfulness, optimism, and “let’s play two!” good fellowship, believing that nice guys like Ernie were losers, and Leo absolutely HATED losers.

Baseball is a team sport. Durocher was an often mean spirited man and was the antithesis to Ernie's love for people. Which one makes the  world become a better place? Joe Maddon responds to this in a better way, "Never let the pressure, exceed the pleasure."

Ernie came to the Majors in an era that brought breakthrough racial change to American society and he was a constant positive, always remaining upbeat in a time when life brought race related challenges every day. Ernie represented one of the perfect solutions to what Americans needed to overcome. Never a hot headed or angry man, everyone knew him as the eternal optimist ("the Cubs will be fine in sixty-nine"), he brought to so many Cub fans a philosophy that keeps us going in the face of what seems to be a never-ending wait for our time to get the brass ring.  I think many of us wanted to see Ernie's response to that day when the Cubs win the World Series. Now we will just have to imagine how he reacts, seated in the front row, from heaven above.

Have at it, by adding your own memories of Mr. Cub, as we celebrate his life. My favorite personal encounter with Ernie in 1979,  is in the following TCR link.
Close Encounters with Mr. Cub

Comments

Well Done Dr. Hecht. I did not think this would affect me like this is with tears rolling down my cheeks as I listen to the radio. As twcoffee said earlier, it is as well a piece of my childhood - a big piece - is gone. I had the chance to "meet" him at the U.S. Open at Medinah, when he and Billy Williams stopped next to my brother and I so we said hello. What a nice man. But I was fortunate enough, as Joe is, to have seen Ernie play at the Friendly Confines, attend double-headers, and see many game winning hits delivered by him with Brickhouse screaming on WGN. So sad he never tasted the thrill of a World Series. Oh well - may he and Ron have the chance to participate from wherever they are. R.I.P. Ernie! Let's Play Two!

One of the callers on the ESPN radio show this morning with Fred Huber/Mike Murphy suggested a great idea. They need to change the schedule on one Sunday every season, to a "true" doubleheader. The classic doubleheader, two games for the price of one (not the day/night version). Dedicate it to Ernie Banks. Murph suggested it be a league wide event in Ernie's memory. I think that has a chance of happening and would be a wonderful tribute to Let's play two.

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In reply to by John Beasley

Heh, be a lot of issues getting it approved by league and players. Would need to do it on weekend wrapped around a Thursday/Monday day off for both teams so they don't have to waste that emergency call-up on purpose.

Can't see owners going for it and losing revenue on a game, could see Cubs doing it once a year in April or Sept when attendance is usually lower, although hopefully not much longer in Sept.

Thanks for the write-up Doc. Glad someone with a bit more personal connection got to do it. I do have a signed Ernie Banks/Sammy Sosa ball my wife bought me which I'll always cherish. 

otherwise all my Ernie memories are rain delay theater on WGN. Must have seen that 500th HR call a couple dozen times.

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In reply to by Rob G.

"otherwise all my Ernie memories are rain delay theater on WGN." same. as much as i've enjoyed reading about ernie and watching old footage over the years, i've barely seen the guy play aside from some obvious highlights. i guess it says a lot about ernie that i've seen at least 10x more footage of him talking or others talking glowingly about him even though he's a HOF player with enough footage to speak for itself.

My Ernie story: ten years ago, my son (age 7) and I were waiting for a table at a restaurant. Ernie was chatting with people at the bar. When the people left, my son asked if I thought it would be OK for him to go and say hello. I said yes, Ernie seemed to be enjoying talking with people. So, my son goes over, Ernie asks him if he plays baseball and what position, then asks my son to show him his pitching motion. My son does, with great earnestness, and Ernie nods. "OK, now show me your left-handed pitching motion." My son tries and nearly falls over. Big laugh and a slap on the back from Ernie; big laugh and a lifelong memory for my son. He was a really nice man who knew what it meant to be a baseball hero to a kid. We could use a lot more like him. RIP #14.

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In reply to by crunch

Doug Glanville is a truly wonderful writer.
His smile told that story. It made me not worry. It made me proud, and maybe most importantly, it made me see baseball as being one of our greatest assets. And that even when race matters, we still have the power to encourage our country to live out its best, to be bigger than race. Ernie Banks always knew we would ultimately get to a place of harmony, and amazingly, Mr. Cub didn't even have to say a word for you to understand that. He made you feel it. Always.

Getting the formatting thing again (Firefox) both on the main page and now (newly) in the articles and comments too. Just FYI! Thanks for all the trouble-shooting time you put into this site in addition to writing, editing, etc., Rob.

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In reply to by Charlie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Manfred he's got the cred...but him coming out swinging this early with something so radical causes one to pause. that said, i don't think the owners or player's reps would let him get away with something like this. it's the solution to a problem no one's complaining about...and those that do care spend most of the time blaming the batter for not tapping one into the hole rather than the D ruining what the batter wants to do. hell, even on the "delay of game" angle it's barely a blip compared to other issues which can be addressed without heavily effecting the strategy of the game.

Excerpt from a Fred Mitchell article in today's Tribune...Joey Banks, is one of his twin sons.
While none of Banks’ children was in attendance at the news conference Sunday, one of his sons, Joey Banks, was contacted by the Tribune by phone. “I realized that people loved him,” the 55-year-old California resident said. “I didn’t know what his contributions were to the team. It was something I didn’t really get. I realized that he was consistent. He was special, and people treated him kind of like that.” Banks declined to discuss the specifics of his father’s health but said he spoke with his father regularly and that the frequency of the calls had decreased in recent months. Increasingly, Joey Banks said, he would call his father and leave a message. “That became more frequent, and that worried me,” Joey Banks said. “He used to call me every Sunday.” In recent months, Ernie Banks had a “health care person” living with him to ensure he took his medication and ate correctly, Joey Banks said. Joey Banks, a truck driver, said he last spoke with his father about 10 days ago and he had grown concerned about his father’s health in recent weeks. His father would answer the phone, Joey Banks said, but then he handed the phone over to someone else. “He didn’t speak very long,” Joey Banks recalled. He said he last saw his father in June, at an Ernie Banks bobblehead night at Wrigley Field.

My Ernie story is not special but part of it remains really vivid. I was maybe 5-6 and I don't even recall why, or where, it happened, but I was introduced to him and Jack Brickhouse, who both signed a copy of Ernie's book they did together. (Years later, like an idiot, I tore the autographs out of the book to put with other autographs.) I don't know if I realized who they were, but I do know that I was in awe. And then Ernie left and I looked out the front of the building, and Ernie waved to me from his car. I can see that part of as if it happened yesterday.

Recent comments

  • crunch (view)

    imanaga gave up a couple singles and a HR to put 3 earned runs on his line, but he looked good doing it through 2.1ip and 43 pitches.

  • George Altman (view)

    Given the 30th most valuable MLB franchise is valued at > $1.0B, no MLB player is overpaid.

    Not even Ohtani. The fact that the owners play with a defacto salary cap (CBT) adds to the farce.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    FINWE NOLDARAN: Michael Busch has not taken any reps whatsoever at 3rd base, either on the backfields or in games. Same goes for Christopher Morel with respect to getting reps at 3rd base only (no 2B, no SS, no 1B, no OF). So at least for right now versatility is taking a back seat to having Busch (1B) and Morel (3B) concentrate 100% on mastering the position that the Cubs believe they need to play. 

    Miles Mastrobuoni (3B, 2B, and SS), Nick Madrigal (3B and 2B), Matt Shaw (3B, 2B, and SS), and David Bote (3B, 2B, and SS) are the "utility" guys who have been getting reps at 3B (both in practice and in games) in addition to other infield positions.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Haven't been able to check in recently, are we saying that Busch is not even considered an option at 3B?

  • crunch (view)

    matt chapman to the giants...3/54m (20m/18m/16m) with opt-outs every year.

    cubs are pretty much "stuck" with morel, madrigal, and masterboney at 3rd as things stand.

    wisdom is technically an option, but he's not much of a 3rd baseman.

  • crunch (view)

    now that the bellinger contract is done and we're waiting on the dude to show up in games...

    it can be argued that bellinger at 30m a year for 1-2 seasons (or 80m over 3 years) isn't good value.  ...and it probably won't be a good deal.  free agent signings at this level of pay have an extremely high ceiling to realize a return on investment based on numbers and stats, alone.

    what it does give, is a specific need for weaknesses of this specific club.  he provides coverage for 2 of the 3 main position weaknesses and he's a lefty bat with pop.

    every slot on the team is pretty much solidified except CF, 1st, and 3rd.  bellinger covers CF and 1st adequately and i doubt many people think he couldn't cover either over the next 3 seasons.

    the cubs have PCA and busch/mervis at CF and 1st respectively.  the team no longer needs guys at both positions to rise to the occasion.

    plus there's the whole DH thing.

    this is a gamble, but it's not a thoughtless gamble throwing money at a bat for the sake of having a bat.  he's capable of filling numerous roles the team could use for a short period of time in the prime of his career...even if it could end up he's overpaid for what the club gets from him.
     

  • crunch (view)

    as far as i can tell this isn't injury/rest related, and they've been throwing for weeks.

    we're at the point in spring games where throwing 20-40 pitches for multi-inning guys is the norm, and that's not much different than airing out a few dozen on the mound in a non-game training situation.

    i wonder if these specific guys are getting additional instruction without working things out vs live batters and they don't want to do that and tax the arms doing both at once.  no idea...not heard anything about these guys or what they're doing in ARZ recently.

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Eight days into the Cactus League schedule, six Cubs pitchers who are officially at MLB Spring Training have yet to throw in a Cactus League game: 

    Yency Almonte 
    Michael Arias 
    Shota Imanaga 
    Ethan Roberts (NRI - TJS rehab)
    Jameson Taillon 
    Keegan Thompson 

    Meanwhile, 13 pitchers assigned to Cubs Minor League Camp have pitched in MLB Cactus League games, including Blake Weiman twice and Hunter Bigge three times!  
     

  • crunch (view)

    player of the game: the sun

  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Friday's White Sox - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    JUSTIN STEELE
    FB: 90-92 
    CT: 88-89  
    SL: 81-84 
    CH: 78-81  
    CV: 75-76 
    COMMENT: Threw two no run / no hit innings to start the game (a L-1 comeback that almost took Steele's head off on the first pitch of the game, then a BB on a 3-2 pitch, a 5-4 FC that should have been an inning-ending DP but wasn't as the result of a Matt Shaw grip / bobble at 3B -- lucky to get one out on the play, and an F-9 to end the inning)... then a K-looking, an F-9, and a 6-3 GO in an easy 1-2-3 10-pitch second inning... allowed two runs on two hits in the third inning (a three-pitch K-swinging on a SL, then an infield topper that Steele couldn't pick up and was scored a hit but should have been an E-1 -- and should have been the second out but wasn't, then a hard-hit double, an F-8 SF to plate the first run and advance the other runner from second to third, then a WP on a bouncing 55-foot SL that scored the second run, and finally an F-7 FO to end the inning and the outing)... Steele threw 47 pitches over the course of his three innings of work (32 strikes - four swing & miss, two on SL and two on CT - plus an incredible 11 foul balls!)... threw a lot more different types of pitches than his usual FB / SL combo... a very nice "clean" outing, except for the E-1 topper that was inexplicably scored as a hit...    

    JAVIER ASSAD
    FB: 91-94 
    CT: 87-89 
    CH: 86
    SL: 79-80
    CV: 74-76
    COMMENT: Threw two innings (37 pitches - 22 strikes - three swing & miss - three foul balls)... allowed a broken bat infield single to lead-off hitter in the top of the 4th, then a P-3 DP (fantastic over the shoulder catch by Busch while running out into RF foul territory followed by a perfect throw back to 1st base to double the runner off base), and a 3-U GO (our man Busch again!)... second inning began with an HBP (PCA was hit by a pitch in the previous half-inning), then PCA took a bad route (might have briefly lost the ball in the sun) chasing a fly ball in CF that fell for a double on the warning track, putting runners at 2nd & 3rd... then a lazy routine fly ball was lost in the sun by PCA in CF for a gift-double, then after an RBI 6-3 GO for the first out of the inning (should have been the third out!), PCA lost still ANOTHER FLY BALL IN THE SUN in short right-center to further extend the inning, then a walk on a 3-2 pitch, an F-7 FO for what was essentially the fifth out of the inning, then a hard-hit RBI single through the box and into CF (PCA missed the cut-off man with the throw home), and finally a 1-3 come-backer on Assad's 26th pitch of the inning for what should have been the sixth out of the inning... so while he technically threw just two innings and allowed four "earned" runs on five "hits" (including three  "doubles"), Assad got what were essentially nine outs, and should have allowed no runs on two hits (both singles -- one of which was a broken bat infield hit), one walk, and one HBP...        

    JULIAN MERRYWEATHER
    FB: 96-98
    SL: 84-87
    CH: 79
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 inning (K-swinging on a 1-2 SL, F-7, F-8)... 16 pitches (12 strikes - three swinging, two on FB and one on SL - five foul balls)... Matt Mervis lost a pop fly foul ball in the sun prior to the K-swinging...     

    JOSE CUAS
    FB: 91-94
    SL: 81-84 
    COMMENT: Inning started with a gift-triple (Cole Roederer lost can o' corn fly ball in the sun before it bounced off warning track in the RF corner)... Cuas then induced a P-3 for the first out and got a K-swinging for the second out, before hitting a batter with a 2-2 SL to put runners at the corners... then he a got 5-3 GO to end the inning... a cool head 22-pitch "no sweat" masterful extrication act to strand the runner at 3rd after the lead-off "sun triple"... two swing & miss -- one on FB and one on SL -- and five foul balls among his 14 strikes (Cuas gets a LOT of foul balls on "emergency hacks" when he pitches)... 

    COLTEN BREWER
    FB: 93-95
    CH: 89 
    SL: 84-85 
    CV: 79 
    COMMENT: Threw a shutout 8th inning... 10 pitches (seven strikes - one swing & miss on FB)... surrendered two soft-contact singles sandwiched around an F-8, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... 

    RILEY THOMPSON
    FB: 95-96
    CH: 89 
    SL: 83-85 
    COMMENT: Tossed a 1-2-3 (3-1 GO, K-swinging on three pitches, F-8) 12-pitch 9th (10 strikes - one swing & miss on SL - four foul balls)... good FB velo in combo with the slider, and he threw strikes... eight of his twelve pitches were SL (he loves those sliders!)...