Cubs’ Radio has a new home starting this season. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will be heard on WBBM-780 and Monday the station released its spring broadcast schedule. WBBM will carry eight Cactus League games with the remaining spring action expected to be available on Cubs.com with Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie on the play-by-play.
Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer will make their 2015 debut on March 7 when the Cubs make the short trip from Mesa to Scottsdale to take on the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Hughes and Coomer call their first game from Sloan Park the following day (March 8) when the Cubs face the Texas Rangers.
The other six broadcasts on WBBM-780: March 14 at Maryvale versus the Brewers; March 15 versus the Reds at Sloan Park; March 21 versus the Mariners at Sloan Park; March 22 versus the Padres at Sloan Park; March 28 versus the Rockies at Sloan Park; March 29 versus the Royals at Surprise Stadium.
The Cubs begin the 2015 Cactus League schedule with a pair of games on March 5. Half of Joe Maddon’s roster will host the A’s and the other half makes the trip to Scottsdale Stadium to square off against the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs wrap up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4.
The team has not released the TV schedule for the upcoming spring games.
The Dodgers join the Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers, Rangers, Giants and Padres as teams that have reportedly had private workouts with Moncada.
A report last week indicated the Cubs could have a private workout scheduled with Yoan Moncada. No word on if the Cubs watched Moncada last weekend as the report suggested.
Moncada has not received his unblocking license from OFAC and until he does he cannot sign with a team. As Jeff Passan pointed out, Moncada has been waiting for clearance from the government for four-plus months.
Cubs 2015 Promotions
Attendance should not be a problem for the Chicago Cubs this season. Single-game tickets go on-sale March 6 and coupled with the largest season ticket holder base in franchise history, once the bleachers are complete Joe Maddon’s team should play in front of a packed house all summer.
The Cubs have not released the team’s promotional items that will be handed out at Wrigley Field this season. But Danny Ecker posted a few of the giveaways in a recent report on Crain’s Chicago Business.
Bobblehead giveaways: Clark the Cub, May 31; Joe Maddon, June 13; Jorge Soler, July 25; Jon Lester, Aug. 22.
The Cubs will pay tribute to the Chicago Whales on May 30 and handout 10,000 replica jerseys of the only baseball team to win a league title at Wrigley Field. 100 years ago, the Chicago Whales won the 1915 Federal League Championship. Joe Tinker led the Whales to the crown after an 86-66 record.
News, Notes and Rumors
Joe Girardi was on Monday’s Kap & Haugh Show and he said there’s going to be a lot of people dancing in heaven when the Cubs win The World Series. According to the report from Tony Andracki, Girardi knows the Cubs will eventually win, but predicting when is impossible because everything has to go right for a team to win it all.
Bob Costas told David Kaplan and David Haugh his idea on how Major League Baseball should honor Ernie Banks.
This Day In Cubstory
2011 – Cubs signed free agents Branden Looper and Augie Ojeda
2008 – Cubs signed free agent Shingo Takatsu
2006 – Cubs and Mark Prior agreed to a one-year, $3.65 million contract.
2003 – Cubs signed free agents Charles Gipson and Lenny Harris
1982 – Cubs traded Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg. Dallas Green made one of the best trades in franchise history when he sent DeJesus to Philadelphia for Bowa and the future Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. In two stints with the Cubs from 1982-94, 1996-97, Sandberg batted .285/.344/.452 with 403 doubles, 282 home runs and a .795 OPS. Sandberg was a ten-time All-Star, won the Gold Glove nine straight years (1983-91) and was the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1984 after posting a .314/.367/.520 line with 36 doubles, 19 triples and 19 home runs for a .887 OPS. Sandberg led the Cubs to the 1984 and 1989 National League Eastern Division Crowns.
1943 – Cubs purchased Paul Derringer from the Reds
1899 – Bob Barrett, born
1876 – Otis Clymer, born