Chicago Cubs: What we know about Cubs Spring Training 2020

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Chicago Cubs: Spring Training 2020

There are two leagues when it comes Spring Training: the Cactus and the Grapefruit Leagues. Chicago belongs to the Cactus League, calling Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona home each spring.

Interestingly enough for those who like to dump on spring training: last season the Grapefruit League had a better record with the top team being the New York Yankees followed by the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals.

It’s pretty plain to see that this time of yearcan tell fans a little something about their team and how they might do in an upcoming season. For instance, the Cubs finished fourth in the Cactus League, last season just a half-game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Teams report in mid-to-late February, but the Cubs have not yet announced their respective dates. Under a new manager, they may be considering all their options as the start day for pitcher and catchers is still listed as TBA in most articles.

Last season, the Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers began on Wednesday Feb. 13, with the rest of the team coming in the following Monday for the first team workout. That was exactly four days before the club’s first preseason game.

The teams that have reported their schedules for 2020 so far, are following the same schedule as the Cubs did last spring season. There are reports that the San Diego Padres (also in the Cactus League with the Cubs) will actually start their pitchers on Monday instead of Wednesday and the team will begin workouts on Saturday instead of Monday giving them a seven-day workout before their first game.

If Chicago follows the patterns of most teams this season, than expect pitchers and catchers to show up on Feb. 11 and have their first workout on Feb 12. The following Monday, Feb. 17 should be the first team workout which is five days before the Chicago Cubs first spring training game.

The team’s first spring training game takes place on Saturday Feb. 22 at home in Sloan Park against the Oakland Athletics. This game is immediately followed by the club’s first road game on Sunday Feb. 23 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.