When does Cubs spring training start?
Cubs spring training is right around the corner. With a renewed sense of optimism surrounding the club, Chicago has its sights set on returning to the postseason for the first time since 2020 - and winning a postseason game for the first time since the 2017 NLCS.
Marquee offseason acquisitions, headlined by Dansby Swanson, Jameson Taillon, Cody Bellinger and Trey Mancini, have dramatically reshaped a roster that played well down the stretch in 2022, but still managed just 74 wins and finished 19 games behind the NL Central champion Cardinals.
Cubs spring training gets started on Feb. 15; first game on Feb. 20
Several members of the team are already training at the Cubs spring home down in Mesa, Arizona - and it won't be long until mandatory report dates hit. Pitchers and catchers are due in the desert on Feb. 15 while full squad workouts including position players kick off Feb. 20.
Chicago's 2023 Cactus League schedule kicks off a few short days later with a split-squad matchup against the San Francisco Giants on Feb. 25. That early in the spring, you'll surely see plenty of young faces - and many you may not be familiar with - as more established 40-man guys continue to ramp up their workouts.
The Cubs will spend late February and nearly all of March gearing up for the 2023 regular season, concluding their spring training schedule on March 28 with a split-squad showdown against the White Sox. David Ross' club then heads home to Wrigley Field, where they'll host the Milwaukee Brewers on March 30 for Opening Day.