Fitch Park or Bust

mainfitchpub.jpgThe most magical words in all of professional sports…. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. While today’s gathering of old and new teammates might be a little reminiscent of the scene from ‘Major League’, the countdown clock to Spring Training has reached zero and all of the months of speculation is just about over. While the games do not start for another couple of weeks, Lou Piniella’s first camp with the Cubs should be very interesting to follow; his team, the 2007 Chicago Cubs, will start taking shape….it is now time to work on the swagger the Cubs have been lacking for more years than anyone cares to count.

The first workout for pitchers and catchers is not until Thursday and the position players are not scheduled to report until Monday the 19th with the first full squad workout taking place on February 20th….the same day as the Cubs are scheduled to go in front of a third party to discuss Carlos Zambrano’s impending 1-year deal.

Fitch Park is located just south of HoHoKam Park on Center Street and is a minor league complex, the Mesa Cubs play there during the summer. Fitch Park is located at 651 N. Center (or 160 E. 6th Place), while HoHoKam Park is located at 1235 N. Center, both are in Mesa and run by the city. Fitch Park has four practice fields, one practice infield and a 29,733-square foot clubhouse with lockers for 200 players and 36 coaches. The Cubs minor league teams play their Spring Training games at Fitch Park. The big league team works out at Fitch until a couple of days before moving down the road to HoHoKam Park when the Spring Training schedule starts on March 1st.

Practices start at 9:30am and are open to the public.

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Cubs Spring Training Roster

Cubs Current 40-man Roster at the start of Spring Training (with the recent trade of Jae-Kuk Ryu)

Pitchers

  • Rocky Cherry
  • Neal Cotts
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Scott Eyre
  • Angel Guzman
  • Rich Hill
  • Bobby Howry
  • Ted Lilly
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Jason Marquis
  • Sean Marshall
  • Juan Mateo
  • Wade Miller
  • Roberto Novoa
  • Will Ohman
  • Mark Prior
  • Clay Rapada
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Kerry Wood
  • Michael Wuertz
  • Carlos Zambrano

Catchers

  • Michael Barrett
  • Henry Blanco
  • Geovany Soto

Infielders

  • Ronny Cedeno
  • Mark DeRosa
  • Brian Dopirak
  • Cesar Izturis
  • Derrek Lee
  • Scott Moore
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Ryan Theriot

Outfielders

  • Buck Coats
  • Cliff Floyd
  • Jacque Jones
  • Matt Murton
  • Angel Pagan
  • Felix Pie
  • Alfonso Soriano
  • Daryle Ward

Non-Roster Invitees

Pitchers

  • Jason Anderson
  • Sean Gallagher
  • Adam Harben
  • Ben Howard
  • Ryan O’Malley
  • Carmen Pignatiello
  • Les Walrond
  • John Webb
  • Randy Wells

Catchers

  • Jake Fox
  • Koyie Hill

Infielders

  • Mike Kinkade
  • Casey McGehee
  • Eric Patterson
  • Tomas Perez

Outfielders

  • Tyler Colvin
  • Chris Walker

Time to PLAY BALL!!!

Additional Information on Fitch Park:

City of Mesa.org
Chicago Cubs Spring Training Online.com
Spring Training Park Information from Cubs.com

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