Chicago Cubs: Schwarber’s home run ball; Arbitration information
With the Chicago Cubs expected to hit training camp starting with pitcher’s and catchers on February 18th, the organization retrieved Kyle Schwarber‘s home run ball from the video board in right field.
Schwarber’s moon shot off Kevin Siegrist helped boost the Cubs to their first National League Championship Series appearance since the 2003 campaign when they lost to the Florida Marlins.
Shortly after the Cubs eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals from the playoffs in their first ever meeting in mid-October, the decision was made to encase the baseball on top of the video board.
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It not only had its own case but a security guard and a maintenance worker who would tend to it from time-to-time. Think of it as receiving Pope-like treatment.
Now according to ESPN Chicago, Jake Arrieta and a handful of Chicago Cubs filed for arbitration. Hearings will take place throughout the month of February, but each player should have themselves a bit of a raise before they begin Cactus League play.
The others who were listed were Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon, Travis Wood, Adam Warren, and left fielder Chris Coghlan who picked up some playing time at second base for Joe Maddon in 2015.
Last season, Arrieta was given a $3.63 million salary and pitched his way to his first ever no-hitter and N.L. Cy Young award. There’s no doubt that he’ll receive a massive pay raise, which could come close to around $10 million.
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