The hunt for the 2015 post-season begins once teams across the league report to their respective camps, with the San Francisco Giants having a huge target on their backs.
Last year in Cactus League play, the Chicago Cubs finished 10th in the standings with a 15-18 record with Jeff Samardzija leading the way as the teams ace. This time around, Chicago will bring in a new manager, bench coach, and a handful of faces who were brought on board during the winter.
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Chicago’s biggest acquisition Jon Lester, has to be itching to get back to work after signing that huge $155 million deal a little over a month ago. Lester and veteran catcher David Ross will reunite on the North Side with winning yet another World Series on their minds, but this time with a team who hasn’t won it all in over 100 years.
According to the Cubs official twitter handle, pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Feb. 19, while position players will join them five days later on Feb. 24.
The recently turned 23-year-old prospect launched a two-run shot to left-center field against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the top of the 7th inning last spring. Bryant’s blast traveled well over 420′ ft, leading to a huge minor league tear as he would crush never every offensive stat there was to record.
This team, who has been the bud of many jokes in professional baseball, is receiving some well deserved attention after the moves that were made on top of owning the best farm system in the league.
Now that we all know when these familiar and new faces will report to camp – the fun and high expectations can officially begin as well.