With Spring Training almost here, we take a look at Sloan Park, a little piece of Wrigley Field out in the Arizona desert. And we take a peek back at the 2016 season and what it brought to Chicago Cubs fans around the world.
Spring Training is right around the corner for the Chicago Cubs. And with that, many will be on their way to Mesa to enjoy some baseball in the sun. If you’ve never been out to Sloan Park before, our Jim Guzior has spent some time there. He offers up a few tips for first-time visitors, as well as a history of the facility. Even if you’ve been there before, there might be a few things about Sloan Park that you didn’t know.
This winter has been a little bit of a dud as far as the Cubs offseason goes. Our Erik Mauro has been looking back at recent years, and how the Cubs came to be once Joe Maddon and the young core made their way to Wrigley Field. It all culminated on that cold, rainy night in Cleveland, when many had the thoughts of ‘Great. Here we go again, Cubs.’ But that wasn’t the case at all, as the Cubs reinvigorated a new era of fans that would stop being the ‘Lovable Losers.’
Speaking of Cleveland, they received some bad news before camp has even started. All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will miss all or most of Spring Training with a calf injury. With that, he’ll likely need to do extended Spring Training and will miss the Indians’ first few series of 2019. The one issue is that the Indians don’t really have a ready replacement for Lindor. But its Spring Training, so a perfect time to try to find one.
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These and other stories you might have missed:
‘A guide through Sloan Park and Spring Training 2019‘ – Cubbies Crib
‘And the Chicago Cubs win the World Series!’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Indians Lindor out with calf strain’ – Believeland Ball
‘How Robinson’s baseball contributions went from underrated to historic‘ – The Undefeated